On Saturday 17th March, the 2018 edition of the annual Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair will open its doors! We spoke to Mats Peterson, owner of Stockholm's Centralantikvariatet in Stockholm and President of the Swedish association SVAF.
Every year, the presidents of all 22 national antiquarian bookseller’s associations that form the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), meet at the President’s Meeting or an ILAB Congress. For 2017, the Danish Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association ABF has invited the international rare book trade to Copenhagen. This will be a week of formal meetings with reports and updates from each country, but it is also a week of exchanging ideas with colleagues, networking and a programme to visit some of Copenhagen’s cultural and bibliophile treasures!
So – here I am (in my freshly tidied book-room) dreaming about all the treasures I'm going to find at this week's Chelsea Book Fair. Well – I say freshly tidied (see last post). It just about passed muster at this morning's inspection. Just about. The exact rhetorical diasyrm used was a kindly and encouraging, "Well, I can see you have been trying". Enough of that – I now have some freshly excavated shelf-space and I've found the cheque-book. No other way this can end but in some determined book-hunting at Chelsea. Better still, I don't have to say too much this week because I'm going to see you all there – at least I hope so. What excuse could you possibly have for not being there?
Lovers of rare and collectable books in Sydney are in for a treat this year. The heritage Customs House at Circular Quay, only five minutes from the Sydney Opera House, will host the Sydney Rare Book Fair from Thursday November 5th to Saturday November 7th. Books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs and ephemera will be offered for sale by leading dealers from all over Australia.
Rare book news from Canada: The Ryerson Press is regarded as "one of Canada's most important book publishing firms during the 20th century". Nigel Beale of Nota Bene Books met George Parker to talk about the history of the Ryerson Press and the Methodist Book and Publishing Company. George Parker, Professor Emeritus of the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, where he taught from 1967 to 1997, is the author of numerous articles on Canadian authors and publishers, he contributed to the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, the Oxford Companion to Canadian History, The Canadian Encyclopedia, and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and wrote "The Beginnings of the Book Trade in Canada" (1985).
Much has been written about travelling women, women travellers, willing or unwilling. Many great names spring to mind: Alexandra David-Neel, Ida Pfeiffer, Isabella Bird, or Emma Roberts to name but a few. We know a lot less about women who accompanied their husbands or lovers, or even met them during their peregrinations. Many of them were hardly mentioned in the books the men wrote. Others wrote their own version of what happened, and this is often the more interesting book, because it shows the world from an entirely different angle.