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Nicolas Barker began writing for THE BOOK COLLECTOR in 1958, and he has been editor since 1965. In 1947 he was fortunate enough to inherit the fine Cope & Hopkinson Albion press used by C.H. St John Hornby at the Ashendene Press. With it he printed a number of books, including Frances Cornford's last book of poems, On a Calm Shore (1960). Between 1958 and 1976 he was production manager or director of, successively, Rupert Hart-Davis, Macmillan and Oxford University Press, moving to become Head of Conservation at the still new British Library in 1976. He retired in 1992 to become libraries adviser to the National Trust and the House of Commons. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and is on the Advisory Board of the Science Museum. He is also a Director of Print Quarterly. He has written or edited over twenty books on typography, calligraphy, art history and the history of books and libraries, among them the perennial ABC for Book Collectors.
The Editorial Board
James Fergusson, Deputy Editor. Proprietor, James Fergusson Books & Manuscripts; Obituaries Editor, The Independent, 1986-2007; Managing Director, Robin Waterfield Ltd, antiquarian booksellers, 1983-86.
Alan Bell. Librarian, London Library, 1993-2002; Librarian, Rhodes House Library, 1981-93.
Professor Phil Cleaver. Creative Principal at etal-design; Professor in the Creative Industries at Middlesex University.
Professor Anthony S.G. Edwards. Professor, Medieval Manuscripts, in the School of English at the University of Kent.
Theodore Hofmann. Senior specialist in English books at Bernard Quaritch, antiquarian booksellers.
Stanley Lane. Printer at Gloucester Typesetting Services.
Professor David McKitterick. Librarian and Vice-Master, Trinity College, Cambridge; Honorary Professor of Historical Bibliography, Cambridge University.
Joan Winterkorn. Archive and manuscript consultant in Cambridge; former Head of Valuations at Bermard Quaritch.