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

June 2019


Wednesday 16th May 6-8pm

Traditional and contemporary perspectives on Bookbinding

The University of London Bibliophiles wish to invite you to a panel discussion which will explore a range of traditional and contemporary perspectives on book binding.

In conjunction with Birkbeck’s Arts Week and the Designer Bookbinders, the panel will be comprised of those who work in the industry and the individuals who collect fine bindings. The discussion will explore various perspectives on book binding and will examine the role of book-binding in the modern age.

The panel will be chaired by the President of the UoL Bibliophiles and will be followed by a drinks reception, sponsored by the Private Libraries Association.

The event is free but prebooking is essential.

Room 106, 1st Floor, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0PD
Wednesday 6th June, 5.30pm

Bloods and Penny Dreadfuls: a tale of sensational Victorian fiction

“Bloods” and “penny dreadfuls” are terms used to describe sensational  penny fiction written principally for the working classes between 1830 and around 1910.  The often gruesome stories concerned criminals, particularly highwaymen, pirates, ghosts, and sensational historical stories.  Nearly all would have been produced in penny parts, issued weekly, with each part of four or eight pages featuring a lurid illustration.  The ‘moral panic’ amongst certain sections of society brought about by these publications can be related to the similar modern condemnation of ‘video nasties’ and ultra-violent computer games. However, the ephemeral nature of the penny dreadful means that many are now exceptionally rare and highly prized. This talk will include a rare opportunity to view some of the Guildhall Library’s own dastardly and morally reprehensible collection.  Not for the easily corrupted!

Tickets are free, but must be prebooked.
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH
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