Barry Humphries, AO, CBE, the Australian comedian, satirist, artist, and author has been appointed a Patron of Honour by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). The appointment recognises his major contribution to the antiquarian book trade.
Mr Humphries graciously accepted the honorary position following a joint invitation from the Presidents of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) in the United Kingdom and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB): Laurence Worms and Sally Burdon. He joins a select body which includes Sir David Attenborough and Umberto Eco.
Mr Humphries is perhaps best known for his stage and television alter ego Dame Edna Everage. He is also a film producer and scriptwriter, a star of London's West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer, an accomplished landscape painter and a prominent book collector. Mr Humphries has spent much of his life immersed in music, literature and the arts. A self-proclaimed 'bibliomaniac', his house in London supposedly contains some 25,000 books, many of them first editions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The ILAB is a global network for the rare book trade and represents 1860 of the world’s finest antiquarian booksellers in 32 countries.
(Official press release of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association ABA and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers ANZAAB.)