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

20th May - 10th June 2018


Tuesday 23rd May 1800-2000

Forum Auctions Preview Event

Our sale of Important Books and Manuscripts will take place on Wednesday 24th May at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair. We invite all Rare Book London bibliophiles to a Preview Event on Tuesday 23rd May and very much look forward to welcoming customers old and new where you can browse and meet Forum’s team of specialists over a glass of wine

RSVP  to Poppy Walker

The Westbury Hotel, 37 Conduit Street, London W1S 2YF
Auctions, Talks
Tuesday 30th May 1800-1900

Discovering books and the stories behind them


Simon Nuckley, Head of Printed Books and Manuscripts at Chiswick Auctions, and Nicholas Worskett, Consultant in Special Collections, share their experiences in discovering rare and undocumented books in the most unlikely of places. This lecture explores the detective work behind the researching and valuing of books and how stories are uncovered.

Before the lecture there will be a chance to view materials in the Printed Books and Manuscript Auction on 31st May (1000-1800).


The lecture is free but ticketed.


Chiswick Auctions, 1 Colville Rd, London W3 8BL
Wednesday 31st May-Sunday 4th June

An exhibition of July sale highlights


Highlights will be on show at:

Wednesday 31st May  0930-1630

Thursday 1 June 0930-1630

Friday 2 June 0930-1630

Saturday 3 June 1200-1700

Sunday 4 June 1200-1700


For more information contact

Thomas Venning


020 7389 2255


Christie's, 8 King Street, St. James’s London SW1Y 6QT
Friday 2nd - Tuesday 6th June

The Library of William O’Brien

The sale features the historic collection of rare books and manuscripts assembled by the Irish judge William O’Brien (1832-1899) in the 1880s and 1890s, including incunabula, Shakespeare folios, Aldines, English and Continental literature, medieval manuscripts and works of science and travel.

Auction in London 7 June 2017
Viewing: 2 June 2017 9am – 4.30pm
3 – 4 June 2017 12noon – 5pm
5 – 6 June 2017 9am – 4.30pm

Contact: Charlotte Miller

020 7293 5893


Sotheby's, 34 – 35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA
Auctions, Talks
2pm Sunday 4th June

The Library of William O’Brien: a short introduction

The library of the Irish judge William O’Brien (1832-1899) is a microcosm of the late nineteenth-century taste for book collecting. There are medieval manuscripts, about 100 incunabula, numerous Aldine editions as well as three Shakespeare folios, a number of sixteenth-century English books and some fine collected works of English literature. This short lecture will introduce both the collector and the collection, which has been undisturbed for over a century. Peter Selley, Sotheby’s auctioneer and head of the English literature and history sales, and Charlotte Miller, specialist in early printing and continental books, will discuss a number of the highlights.


There will be time for viewing after the talk.

The Book Room, Sotheby’s 34-35 New Bond Street London W1A 2AA
Auctions, Talks
Monday 5th June 1800-1930

A Masterclass in Book Collecting



Dr Sarah Cusk, Antiquarian Cataloguer at Lincoln College, Oxford, and Matthew Haley, Director of Books at Bonhams, discuss different forms of book collecting throughout history, what makes a collector, and how books derive their value, and invite their audience to participate in the conversation.


Bonhams, Montpelier St, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1HH