Across the world museums, galleries and libraries are relying more than ever on social media and the internet to stay connected to their followers and share their work. This week one museum has received one of ‘the internet’s highest honour’ in recognition of the great work it is achieving through...
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This piece, as well as an extract coming in our Autumn 2020 issue, is dedicated to the memory of Madeline Kripke, ‘the doyenne of dictionaries’ who passed away on 25 April 2020 at the age of 76.
“What slang really does is show us at our most human” says Johnathon Green, aka ‘Mister Slang’, a...
The Book Collector was launched by Ian Fleming in 1952 at about the same time as he started working on his first James Bond novel. A new book is now giving some insightful information on Fleming and his biographer John Pearson - a book about writing a book.
Ian Fleming - The Notes by John Pearson...
In March 1789, a weekly journal edited by James Austen, The Loiterer, received a long letter criticising its lack of suitable and engaging content for women. The letter was signed by 'Sophia Sentiment', though the true identity of the writer has never been firmly established.
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While flicking through the latest Quaritch catalogue, 'The English & Anglo-French Novel 1740-1840', I spotted a footnote that took me back to my student days and I thought it was worth using this as an opportunity to highlight the importance of reference books to collectors and dealers alike.
This weekend would have seen the opening of the Salon International Du Livre Rare in the Grand Palais in Paris, but it is of course now postponed to September, 4th to 6th.
Hervé Valentin, President of SLAM, announced that SLAM will create a Virtual Grand Palais on the fair website, this special...
‘A letter from the Lazaretto’ was researched, written and is read by Sheila Markham, the librarian at the Travellers’ Club in London. This piece, which has not yet appeared in The Book Collector, looks at quarantine conditions for 19th Century travellers, including those kept in isolation at the...
Book dealers around the world have adapted to life in Corona quarantine. One of the projects which probably best sums up how dealers have embraced the current situation and embarked on a catalogue project across two continents is the aptly called 'At Home with Books'. A collaboration of Heather O'...
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