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Libraries sold and saved: three hundred years of collecting books in London

decoration24 June 2014

You are invited to spend a summer’s evening in London hunting out book collectors past. Hear a medley of tales about libraries built, libraries sold and libraries saved. From the shadows will emerge a fine supporting cast of booksellers, auctioneers, dealers, agents and librarians. Alice Ford-Smith (Bernard Quaritch Ltd) will guide you through the streets of Bloomsbury and Holborn. As you go, ghostly catalogues will be scanned, treasures found, inscriptions noted, bookplates added, shelves filled, cheques cashed, volumes cherished and books dispersed.

Among the highlights: a selection of books once owned by the designer, craftsman, author and socialist William Morris at the Wellcome Library, followed by an introduction into William Morris and Henry Wellcome’s lives as book collectors.
Numbers are limited to 25 people, and pre-booking is essential.


24 June 2014
Euston Road
History of Libraries Research Seminar - Alice Ford-Smith
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