The Book Collector will be hosting a podium discussion about Modern First Editions at Senate House on Tuesday, 15th May 2018 from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm. 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.
The panel will be chaired by:
Lucy Scholes is a freelance critic and essayist who writes about books, film and art. She is a contributing editor at the online literary magazine Bookanista, and writes for the Financial Times, BBC Culture, the New York Times Book Review, Literary Hub, NYR Daily and Granta, amongst others. She has a PhD in English literature and psychoanalytic theory from Birkbeck, University of London, and used to teach English and History at Goldsmiths. She is a fledgling collector!
The panel consists of:
A. N. Devers is a writer, arts journalist and critic, and rare book dealer based in London. She is the owner of The Second Shelf, a new online and pop-up bookshop of rare books, modern first editions, and rediscovered works by women. The International Contributing Editor of A Public Space, she has written for The New Yorker, New Republic, Lapham’s Quarterly, Lenny, Los Angeles Times, Longreads, The Paris Review, Prospect, Salon, Slate, Fine Books, and The Washington Post, among other publications.She is obsessed with dead authors’ houses and used to run a popular website devoted to them. She lives in London for the moment.
Matthew Haley is head of books and manuscripts at Bonhams auctioneers, and an expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. An undergraduate interest in Virginia Woolf led to curiosity about the Hogarth Press, antiquarian booksellers’ catalogues, and forays into the world of collecting first editions. Starting out as a librarian, Matthew quickly switched to the rare book trade in 2004, and has been working for Bonhams ever since, in London,
New York and Los Angeles.
Neil Pearson has collected rare books for thirty years: his specialism is nineteenth and twentieth century first edition literature, with a particular interest in the expatriate literary movement of Paris between the wars. He is the author of Obelisk (Liverpool University Press, 2007), a history of the notorious Paris imprint which in the 1930s published the early work of, among others, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell and Anaïs Nin. In 2011 he researched, compiled and wrote They Were What They Were: A Catalogue of Early Gay Fiction, 1862 -1960. After collecting books for so many years, he’s delighted finally to be selling some.
This will be a discussion followed by drinks and although entry is free, prebooking is essential.
Discussion followed by drinks.
Entry is free, but must be prebooked.
Image kindly provided by Bonhams