In the sixty-five years of its existence, The Book Collector has had only four Editors. The composition of the present Editorial Board is given below.


James Fergusson is Editor of The Book Collector. The founding Obituaries Editor of The Independent, 1986-2007, he also deals in books and manuscripts, and is a former managing director of Waterfield's bookshop in Oxford. He has reviewed book catalogues successively for Antiquarian Book Monthly Review, Bookdealer and the ABA Newsletter since 1980, and has been on The Book Collector’s editorial board since 1990.

The Editorial Board

Nicolas Barker OBE is Consultant Editor. He began writing for The Book Collector in 1958 and was Editor from 1965 to 2015. He has held many distinguished positions in the world of books, besides having written or edited more than twenty books on typography, calligraphy, art history and the history of books and libraries, among them the perennial ABC for Book Collectors.

Phil Cleaver is the Creative Principal at etal-design and Professor in the Creative Industries at Middlesex University.

Anthony S.G. Edwards is Professor of Medieval Manuscripts in the School of English at the University of Kent.

James Fleming is the nephew of Ian Fleming, who launched and later owned The Book Collector. He is the author of five novels, all published by Jonathan Cape, who also published both Ian and Peter Fleming.

Theodore Hofmann is the senior specialist in English books at Bernard Quaritch, the antiquarian booksellers.

David McKitterick was the Honorary Professor of Historical Bibliography at Cambridge University from 2006 to 2015 and Vice-Master of Trinity College from 2012 to 2016. He is the author, among many publications, of A History of Cambridge University Press (1992-2004).

Toshiyuki Takamiya is an Emeritus Professor at Keio University, Tokyo. His collection of medieval manuscripts, assembled over four decades, is now at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Joan Winterkorn: after a spell as Assistant Rare Book Librarian at Cornell, she joined Bernard Quaritch, antiquarian booksellers, where she was Head of Archives and Valuations. She left in 2012 to work as an independent archive and manuscript consultant.

The Editorial Board meets four times a year to share information on the leading auction house sales, to receive booksellers' catalogues and review copies and to liaise with the Editor about the contents of his News & Comment and related matters.

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