A book fair can be a dizzying experience for the collector of modern firsts, particularly one as big and prestigious as the ABA summer fair, now called Firsts. It’s public, it’s private, it’s whatever you want to make of it but above all, it involves real people. In short it’s not ‘online’, which... read more
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The University and State Library of Bonn (ULB) is celebrating the return of more than 600 volumes from its collection that have been lost since the Second World War. Sotheby’s Auction House facilitated the repatriation after discovering the books in a Belgian private collection. Among them are... read more
2/6/2019Peter Harrington launched its first World Literature Exhibition and Catalogue which celebrates literature that crosses national and linguistic borders. The catalogue contains 197 rare books and items which highlight the historical importance of an internationally shared literary tradition that is...
30/5/2019For this year’s Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair, ILAB antiquarian booksellers Type & Forme (UK) and Charlotte Du Rietz (Sweden) have joined forces to present travel ‘firsts’ from around the globe in a printed catalogue on Travel & Exploration. Their stands will showcase rare travel books,...
28th May 2019 marks Ian Fleming's 111th birthday.
To celebrate our Founder's eleventy-first birthday The Book Collector is offering the Collector's Edition of Ian Fleming: The Book Collector for HALF PRICE until 3rd June (offer now expired).
This beautiful special edition is comprised of 10... read more
The ABA's annual flagship event, in its 62nd year and rebranded as Firsts – London's Rare Book Fair, will be opened on Friday, 7th June by Stephen Fry, well-known actor and writer and a book collector himself.
The fair will also host a special exhibition with charity partner Shakespeare's Globe to... read more
Tacky it may be, but those who are collectors of books are also their buyers and therefore should not sneer at a new book from Alex Johnson called Book Towns: Forty-Five Paradises of the Printed Word, published by Frances Lincoln.
It is, the blurb says, the first such directory and includes both... read more
Nowadays our fingers need to be super-featly to get quickly round all the possible moves on one’s device: Alt, Ctrl, Scroll, Insert and the like, sometimes three at a go.
It was not always thus.
“Eric Gill's 'Art Nonsense'” was the last thing DH Lawrence wrote before he died of tuberculosis in the South of France on 2 March 1930 at the age of 44 – and what is most striking about it is his preoccupation with God.
Not that Lawrence's concept of God was in any sense orthodox, any more than... read more