Rare Books London - London's festival of old and rare books – May – June 2017

May - June 2018

Book Fairs

Book Fairs
Sunday 20th May 10am-3.30pm

Bloomsbury Summer Book Fair

Etc Fairs’ Summer Bonanza Book Fair.  Showcasing a range of antiquarian books, second hand books, out of print books, maps, prints, postcards,  manuscripts and ephemera on sale, the Bloomsbury Book Fair also has auctioneers and bookbinders regularly exhibiting.

The Bloomsbury Book Fair is the largest monthly book fair in the UK and attracts some of the UK’s finest specialist dealers.

Admission Fee:£2 until 12.30pm, free thereafter

 

 

Galleon Suite, Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG
Book Fairs
Thursday 24th May 12-8pm, Friday 25th May 10am-7pm; Saturday 26th May 10am-5pm

ABA Rare Book Fair London

Now celebrating its 61st year, and coming to Battersea Park for the first time in 2018, this major three-day event organised by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from 170 plus leading UK and international dealers.

The fair will be opened by Sir David Attenborough at noon on Thursday.

In addition to the regular exhibitors, we have a carefully selected series of exhibitions and live events run by specialist organisations and craftspeople. Fascinating hands-on workshops (including family-friendly activities) give patrons a chance to dive straight into the world of fine printing, bookbinding, and calligraphy.

 

Complimentary tickets available at www.rarebookfairlondon.com

Battersea Evolution, Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NW
Book Fairs
Friday 25th May 1-7pm; Saturday 26th May 10am-4pm

PBFA London Antiquarian Book Fair

Book dealers from the UK, Europe and US will be offering books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts and printed ephemera with prices to suit book hunter, large and small.

The PBFA’s leading London fair.

Complimentary tickets at www.pbfalondonbookfair.org

 

ILEC Conference Centre, Ibis Hotel, 47 Lillie Road, London SW6 1UD
Book Fairs
Sunday 27th May 9.30am-3pm

Bloomsbury Summer Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair

Ephemera, Books, Postcards, Prints, Maps and Photographs…

…all under one roof! The monthly Bloomsbury Ephemera Fairs are a genuinely great opportunity to browse some of the most varied and intriguing examples of ephemera, alongside a wide variety of manuscripts, printed books and other printed material, plus maps, prints, photographs and more. If you are a collector of any of these, or generally any works on paper, then the Etc Fairs Bloomsbury Ephemera Fairs will definitely have something for you. Regularly featuring many of the leading dealers in these sectors, our London fairs cater for all tastes and budgets.

Entry £1.50

Galleon Suite, Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0DG

Talks

Talks
Sunday 13th May, 2.30pm

Highlights from Sotheby’s: 15th May Travel sale

Sotheby’s Book Specialist Cecilie Gasseholm will talk about some of the Map highlights from this upcoming sale, which includes the library of Colin and Joan Deacon (books on voyages and travel). The sale features beautiful works of natural history, world maps and atlases, colour-plate books, accounts of exploration, and topographical photographs.
No tickets required.
Sotheby's, The Book Room, 34 – 35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA
Talks
Monday 14th May 3.30-5pm

Behind the concrete façade: background and highlights of Senate House Library, University of London

Have you seen Shakespeare’s First Folio at close quarters? Or the first edition of Darwin’s Origin of the Species, or coloured sixteenth-century maps? In this hour Rare Books Librarian Dr Karen Attar delivers an insight into the manuscripts and early printed books at the University of London’s Senate House Library, talking about the characters who collected them and how they came here. A small selection of early treasures will be highlighted and displayed.

 

A limited number of free tickets are available

Senate House Library, Senate House, University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU
Talks
Tuesday 15th May 5.30-7.30pm

The Book Collector Presents: Modern First Editions

The Book Collector will be hosting a podium discussion about Modern First Editions. A panel of experts representing auction houses, antiquarian book dealers and collectors will be discussing how the value of Modern Firsts has evolved over the last 66 years. How fashion has changed and what the current trends are. A chance to ask about dos and don’ts and how best to build your own collection. A discussion that will be informative for new collectors as well as already established ones.

Discussion followed by drinks.

Entry is free, but must be prebooked.

 

Image kindly provided by Bonhams

 

Senate House, University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU
Talks
Wednesday 16th May 4-6pm

Handel the Philanthropist: the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum

The composer George Frideric Handel is known particularly for his Messiah, a work closely associated with the Foundling Hospital, where performances of the work raised thousands of pounds for the charity.  Join Katharine Hogg, Librarian of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, for a talk on Handel’s philanthropy and explore treasures from the Coke collection, the largest private collection of Handel memorabilia in the world. The Collection, assembled across the twentieth century by Gerald Coke, includes manuscripts, printed books and music, libretti, artworks and ephemera from the eighteenth century to the present day.

 

Tickets are free but must be prebooked.

Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ

Tours

Tours
Monday 14th May 6-7.30pm

Three Centuries of English Freemasonry: A Gallery Tour with Books

An exclusive Librarian led tour of the Three Centuries Gallery of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, exploring how the history of English freemasonry can be told using books, manuscripts and ephemera.

Highlights include: Anderson’s Constitutions of 1723, the Grand Lodge of England’s first rule book, with its remarkable frontispiece; ritual books with locked secrets; beautiful masonic bindings; letters from 18th Century African-Americans; minute books kept by prisoners of war and anti-masonic literature from 17th century broadsheets to 1930s fascist propaganda.

Free but ticketed, pre-booking essential.

 

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Tours
Saturday 19th May 11.30am, 3pm

China and Siam Through the Lens of John Thomson: Gallery Tour

A free gallery tour of an exhibition at the Brunei Gallery|SOAS on China and Siam through the lens of John Thomson 

This is the first London exhibition of Scottish photographer John Thomson’s (1837-1921) work which encompasses his ten years in Asia.  The exhibition will run from 13 April to 23 June and includes images from newly discovered glass negatives held at the Wellcome Library, London.  Exhibition co-curator Betty Yao MBE will introduce Thomson’s life and work and follow his footsteps in Asia.  She will highlight the people and places he photographed and divulge the story, the twists and turns behind the survival of this valuable collection through 150 years.

For more information on the exhibition go to www.johnthomsonexhibition.org. Related public lectures and a study day will be listed.

Tickets are free, but must be prebooked

The 3pm tour is now full. Spaces still available for 11.30am.

 

Image courtesy of The Wellcome Collection.

Brunei Gallery SOAS, University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square,  London WC1H 0XG
Tours
Monday 21st May 3.30pm and Wednesday 30th May 3.30pm

Discovering Lambeth Palace Library

A Tour of Lambeth Palace Library, led by the Librarian, Giles Mandelbrote. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the 17th-century Great Hall of Lambeth Palace, now part of the Library (founded 1610), and to climb a medieval staircase to visit the Library’s conservation studio in Morton’s Tower.

Numbers limited; pre-booking essential.

 

Image by Jonty Sexton

 

The 21st May tour is now Sold Out.

Lambeth Palace, London SE1 7JU
Tours
Wednesday 23rd May 3pm

Treasures of the Royal College of Physicians Library

See 500 years of medical history up close. From pocket-sized plague tracts to monumental anatomical atlases, the library of the Royal College of Physicians documents the ongoing struggle to maintain health and fight disease. The rare books librarian Katie Birkwood will lead a hands-on session introducing some of the highlights of the RCP’s collections.

Tickets are free, but must be prebooked.

Image: Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica (Basel, 1543).

 

Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE

Auctions

Auctions
Viewing 10-14th May, Auction 15th May

Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History: including the Library of Colin and Joan Deacon

In this sale on the 15 May we are delighted to offer the library of Colin and Joan Deacon, which comprises a wonderful collection of sea voyages, exploration and British naval history. The sale also features beautiful works of natural history, world maps and atlases, colour-plate books, accounts of exploration, and topographical photographs.

 Viewing:
10-14th May
Auction 15th May:
Session 1: 10.00am
Session 2: 2.30pm
Sotheby's, 34 – 35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA
Auctions
Viewing 16-21st May, Sale 22nd May

Fine Autograph Music and Musical Manuscripts

The two music sales on 22 May are “Fine autograph music: the Property of Helmut Nanz and family”, which includes important manuscripts by Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Wagner  and Stravinsky.  The 2nd sale contains music by Gershwin, Brahms, Mahler, Richard Strauss and early music, including an unrecorded C16 lute manuscript.

 

Viewing: 16-21 May 2018

Auction: 22 May 2018

 

 

Sotheby's, 34 – 35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA
Auctions
Viewing from Saturday 19th to Thursday 24th May

Audubon’s Birds of America and other auction highlights

The Duke of Portland copy of Audubon’s Birds of America is the finest copy in private hands of the most beautiful ornithological book ever published. In advance of its auction in New York on 14 June, it will be on view at Christie’s London alongside other highlights of Christie’s summer book auctions.

Viewing times
Saturday 19th May 12–5pm
Sunday 20th May 12–5pm
Monday 21th May 9.30am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 22th May 9.30am – 8pm
Wednesday 23th May 9.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday 24th May 9.30am – 4.30pm

Contact
Thomas Venning
tvenning@christies.com
020 7389 2255

Christie's King Street, 8 King St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6QT
Auctions
Viewing from 23-29th May, Sale on 30th

Wassenaar Zoo: A Dutch Private Library

Viewing:
Wednesday 23 May 9am – 4.30pm
Thursday 24 May 9am – 4.30pm
Friday 25 May 9am – 4.30pm
Saturday 26 May – 11am to 3pm
Sunday 27 May – 11am to 3pm
Monday 28 May – Bank Holiday, closed
Tuesday 29 May 9am – 4.30pm

Sale:
Wednesday 30 May 2018

Bonhams, 101 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 1SR

Walks

Walks
Sunday 20th May 1.30pm

Bloomsbury’s lost libraries: a walk through some forgotten book collections

Twenty-first century London contains some of the finest book collections in the world, but what about the libraries that haven’t survived? If you know where to look, London’s streets and alleyways are crammed with the ghosts of libraries past.

This walk will carry you back through Bloomsbury’s history, to long-forgotten libraries, readers, librarians and collectors. Alice Ford-Smith (Bernard Quaritch Ltd) will reveal some of the links between London’s past and present book collections- and the tales of enterprise, transformation, obsession and destruction that are often behind them

The walk will start at the cloister entrance of Senate House, and finish at the Royal National Hotel.

Tickets are free, but must be prebooked.

 

Sponsored by CILIP Library and Information History Group.

Senate House, University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU
Walks
Sunday May 27th 10.30am

Love in Marylebone

Come and walk the elegant streets of Marylebone for a tour of houses associated with literary love affairs (and a few others) ranging from the romantic to the sordidly scandalous.  The novelist with two mistresses in adjacent streets, the scandal of the Profumo affair, an American poet’s marriage to a notorious ballet dancer and the playwright who fought a duel to protect his beloved – just a few of the stories we hear.  And also the tale of an adventurous dog.

Led by Anthony Davis of Booksteps.

This walk begins near Oxford Street and finishes near Baker Street station.  Exact details will be circulated to ticket holders.

Tickets are free, but prebooking is essential.

 

 

Oxford Street
Walks
Saturday 2nd June 10.30am

From the Devil’s Acre to St Peter’s Gates

This is a literary walking tour around an area of dramatic contrasts.  See two of London’s most beautiful early 18th-century squares and the site of one of London’s worst slums, memorably described by Charles Dickens; see through the windows (literally) of JS Mill and TE Lawrence, pass where John Milton lived, look Queen Anne in the eye and hear about the effects of social housing and Nazi bombs.

Led by Anthony Davis of Booksteps.

This walk begins at St James’s Park station and ends at Westminster. Punctuality is essential, the tour won’t wait!

Tickets are free, but prebooking is essential.

St James's Park Station, Petty France, London SW1H 0BD
Walks
Sunday 10th June 11am

Bloomsbury’s lost libraries: a walk through some forgotten book collections

Twenty-first century London contains some of the finest book collections in the world, but what about the libraries that haven’t survived? If you know where to look, London’s streets and alleyways are crammed with the ghosts of libraries past.

This walk will carry you back through Bloomsbury’s history, to long-forgotten libraries, readers, librarians and collectors. Alice Ford-Smith (Bernard Quaritch Ltd) will reveal some of the links between London’s past and present book collections- and the tales of enterprise, transformation, obsession and destruction that are often behind them

The walk will start at the cloister entrance of Senate House, and finish at the Royal National Hotel.

Tickets are free, but must be prebooked.

 

Sponsored by CILIP Library and Information History Group.

Senate House, University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU