This seminar will be given by Rob Shepherd of Sangorski & Sutcliffe, founded in 1901 and one of the oldest surviving hand bookbinding companies in England. The business was founded by Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe, who met at bookbinding evening classes taught by Douglas Cockerell at the London County Council's Central School of Arts and Crafts.
The seminar will explore the history of the business and in particular the direct and transforming relationship between craft bookbinding, described as the 'Cinderella of the Arts' by Joseph Zaehnsdorf in 1885, and the Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris, and in particular the changes in this market over the last century.
The seminars on various aspects of book collecting are held regularly on the second Tuesday of each month of the academic year at the University of London’s Senate House in central London. Organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society, the speakers are all drawn from among the leading booksellers, academics, historians and collectors. The seminars are aimed at a broad audience including bookcollectors, antiquarian booksellers, historians, librarians, and anyone with an interest in collecting.