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

June 2019

Walks

Walks
Sunday 20th May 1.30pm

Bloomsbury’s lost libraries: a walk through some forgotten book collections

Twenty-first century London contains some of the finest book collections in the world, but what about the libraries that haven’t survived? If you know where to look, London’s streets and alleyways are crammed with the ghosts of libraries past.

This walk will carry you back through Bloomsbury’s history, to long-forgotten libraries, readers, librarians and collectors. Alice Ford-Smith (Bernard Quaritch Ltd) will reveal some of the links between London’s past and present book collections- and the tales of enterprise, transformation, obsession and destruction that are often behind them

The walk will start at the cloister entrance of Senate House, and finish at the Royal National Hotel.

Tickets are free, but must be prebooked.

 

Sponsored by CILIP Library and Information History Group.

Senate House, University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU
Walks
Sunday May 27th 10.30am

Love in Marylebone

Come and walk the elegant streets of Marylebone for a tour of houses associated with literary love affairs (and a few others) ranging from the romantic to the sordidly scandalous.  The novelist with two mistresses in adjacent streets, the scandal of the Profumo affair, an American poet’s marriage to a notorious ballet dancer and the playwright who fought a duel to protect his beloved – just a few of the stories we hear.  And also the tale of an adventurous dog.

Led by Anthony Davis of Booksteps.

This walk begins near Oxford Street and finishes near Baker Street station.  Exact details will be circulated to ticket holders.

Tickets are free, but prebooking is essential.

 

 

Oxford Street
Walks
Saturday 2nd June 10.30am

From the Devil’s Acre to St Peter’s Gates

This is a literary walking tour around an area of dramatic contrasts.  See two of London’s most beautiful early 18th-century squares and the site of one of London’s worst slums, memorably described by Charles Dickens; see through the windows (literally) of JS Mill and TE Lawrence, pass where John Milton lived, look Queen Anne in the eye and hear about the effects of social housing and Nazi bombs.

Led by Anthony Davis of Booksteps.

This walk begins at St James’s Park station and ends at Westminster. Punctuality is essential, the tour won’t wait!

Tickets are free, but prebooking is essential.

St James's Park Station, Petty France, London SW1H 0BD
Walks
Sunday 10th June 11am

Bloomsbury’s lost libraries: a walk through some forgotten book collections

Twenty-first century London contains some of the finest book collections in the world, but what about the libraries that haven’t survived? If you know where to look, London’s streets and alleyways are crammed with the ghosts of libraries past.

This walk will carry you back through Bloomsbury’s history, to long-forgotten libraries, readers, librarians and collectors. Alice Ford-Smith (Bernard Quaritch Ltd) will reveal some of the links between London’s past and present book collections- and the tales of enterprise, transformation, obsession and destruction that are often behind them

The walk will start at the cloister entrance of Senate House, and finish at the Royal National Hotel.

Tickets are free, but must be prebooked.

 

Sponsored by CILIP Library and Information History Group.

Senate House, University of London, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU