The seminar on collecting children’s books will be given by Brian Alderson, who is one of the pioneers of children’s literature studies in Britain, a prolific writer, editor, reviewer, translator, leading bibliographer in the field of children’s literature and a collector in his own right;. His knowledge of children’s publishing and book production in Britain is unmatched.
Among Brian Alderson’s more recent publications are Be Merry and Wise: Origins of Children’s Book Publishing in England, 1650-1850 (with Felix de Marez Oyens) 2006 and a commentary with facsimiles of the legendary nursery-rhyme assemblage of 1744: Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song-Book.
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.