Ed Maggs promises “a sort of memoirish cod-book-philosophy waffly-waffle” on aspects of life, history, tradition, book-selling and the modern world at the legendary Maggs Brothers. Visitors may also get some “reality TV (without the TV) on the horrors and joys of moving seventy-five years and 8,500 square feet of booktrade history”, as Maggs prepare finally to relinquish their famous premises in Berkeley Square. Maggs was originally founded in 1853 by Uriah Maggs, Ed’s great-great-great-grandfather – this will be a view from the very pinnacle of the trade.
The seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth-former to the retired professor. The atmosphere is informal, as are the presentations. They are held in the University of London’s Senate House and run from 6.00pm on the second Tuesday of each month.
(Picture: Seminars on Book Collecting)