Over the last forty years Charles Sebag-Montefiore has formed a library devoted to the history of collecting. It comprises privately printed and publicly published catalogues of private collections of paintings, drawings sculpture and other works of art, auction catalogues and related manuscript material. He is the joint author of The British as Art Collectors (2012) and the author of A Dynasty of Dealers: John Smith and Successors 1801-1924, a study of the art market in nineteenth-century London (Roxburghe Club, 2013).
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.