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
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.

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