Rare Books London - London's festival of old and rare books – June 2019

June 2019


22/05/2019 5:30 pm - 7:30pm

London Old and Middle English Research Seminar (LOMERS)

The seminar aims to include contributions from both leading medievalists and from new members of the London medievalist community, to encourage participation from graduate students, and to range as widely as possible within the fields of Old English and Middle English studies. The selection of topics offers a balance of detailed analysis and more general theoretical / methodological or historical discussion. The seminar fosters a friendly spirit of collaboration among London medievalists and is an essential and vital forum where London medievalists can meet, exchange ideas, and keep abreast of current trends in medieval studies.


Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
03/06/2019 6:30 am

Toward Inclusive Bibliography

Bibliography implies community. It focuses on understanding the creation and circulation of texts as physical objects; and implicitly recognizes that behind each surviving object, no matter how small, there are communities at work: booksellers and collectors, volunteers saving a local organizers’ flyers in their closets, the curatorial staff at a museum. Yet at the same time, bibliographical teaching and scholarship have historically focused on a narrow range of materials and creators, even while broadening in chronological range and subject matter. Having centered a canon defined by Western European values, the discipline has built a body of knowledge in which large gaps remain to be filled, especially regarding groups kept outside of centers of political and institutional power on the basis of their race, ability, class-background, gender identity or sexual orientation, or any combination of these factors. This panel aims to highlight the work of people filling those gaps, with the explicit intention of demonstrating how bibliographical scholarship and practices can be channeled toward a more realistic understanding of historic and contemporary relationships between people and texts. Our conversation looks to expand bibliographies and the communities they connect by broadening our view of who does bibliography, and how. Panelists Eyob Derillo (British Library), Hudda Khaireh (Thick/er Black Lines artist collective/OOMK) and Brooke Palmieri (Camp Books),  offer perspectives from traditional sites of bibliographical practice – the bookshop, the library, and the academy – as well as from marginalized or minority groups working as “bibliographers” on their own and for themselves. This panel aims to fill gaps not only by enumerating and analyzing more material, but also by including and recognizing new voices and perspectives in the conversation. Fuchsia Voremberg (Maggs) will moderate. A note about access to Maggs: the floor of Maggs on which the event will be held is not wheelchair accessible. They recently restored their lift, but since this is a historic building, the lift shaft runs to landings of the stairwell rather than the main upstairs levels. Therefore access to the event will be limited by one flight of 15 steps either up or down. The event will be recorded by video and posted to YouTube, and anyone who cannot attend in person can email bsa@bibsocamer.org to be notified when the video is published online.

For more information about the panelists, including biographical statements and abstracts of their presentations, please follow the link below!

Maggs Bros. Ltd. Rare Books and Manuscripts, Bedford Square, London, UK
Saturday 8th June

“‘Unreal City’: Journey to the dark side of London”

Unreal City is the new art photography book by international award winning photographer Adriaan van Heerden. Unreal City is a photographic conversation with The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot’s modernist poetic masterpiece. The book comprises 85 black and white photographs (accompanied by lines of text from the poem) which present London as if it were the waste land. The book reflects many of the themes of the poem: a feeling of alienation; the failure of people to connect meaningfully; the cruel demands of the City; the failure of religion to provide comfort in this broken world; and the apparently unbridgeable divide between rich and poor.

Join Adriaan and the book’s designer, Claire Parsons Brown, on a journey through this exciting and important project, and discover how Adriaan set about translating Eliot’s words into pictures nearly 100 years after they were written. Claire will provide a first hand view of how the choice of font, papers, design elements and printing process helped to bring the ideas behind the book to life. A 45 minute presentation will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A session.

To book, register for free tickets to Firsts – London’s Rare Book Fair at the link below.

Firsts - London's Rare Book Fair, Battersea Evolution, Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NW
4th June 2019, 17.30-19.30

Library of Richard Holdsworth (1590-1649)

Dr Jean-Pascal Pouzet of the University of Limoges discusses the Library of Richard Holdsworth

One of the few Masters of Emmanuel College Cambridge, before the late 20th century, to have been elected from outside the College. Richard Holdsworth was a Fellow of St. John’s from 1613.

Holdsworth – academic, preacher, theologian and bibliophile – bequeathed his entire library to the University of Cambridge. This bequest represented a harvest of book-collecting over some 40 years, comprising more than 10,000 volumes (some 185 manuscripts, 215 incunables and 9,695 printed books). On its arrival in 1664, this amounted to a second foundation of Cambridge University Library, but it has barely been studied at all. This presentation offers a survey of current research on the collection, together with the first tangible results on Holdsworth’s manuscripts, set within a broader frame of reflection about the process of bibliographical and bibliophilic

This talk will be held at Lambeth Palace Library, London SE1 7JU. Admittance not before 5.15 p.m. via the main gatehouse of Lambeth Palace. A meeting of the University of London research seminar on the History of Libraries, in association with the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library. All are welcome, but for security purposes those wishing to attend should send their names in advance no later than Friday 31 May

Great Hall of Lambeth Palace, London SE1 7JU
Tuesday 11th June 6pm - 8pm

Five Minute Books’, Fine Bindings, and The Wind in the Willows: Sir Courtauld Thomson’s Library at Dorneywood

Elisabeth Grass first worked with rare books as a bookseller at Bernard Quaritch Ltd. She is now a freelance cataloguer within the book trade and for National Trust Libraries, and is studying for a doctorate in history at the University of Oxford.

Bedford Room, G37, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street WC1E 7HU