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Seminars on Book Collecting at Senate House - How the Modern World was Made - The Literature of Engineering

decoration08 April 2014

The April 2014 seminar in the book-collecting series will be given by Julia Elton. She is the only antiquarian bookseller who specialises exclusively in the history of engineering and technology. Her father, Sir Arthur Elton, was an inspired collector, whose pictures (now at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust) formed the core of the 1968 landmark exhibition, Art and the Industrial Revolution. In 1975 Julia Elton joined Ben Weinreb Architectural Books, becoming the specialist on engineering and  compiling two substantial catalogues – Weinreb: No 45, Bridges, Docks & Harbours, and No 50, Rivers & Canals. Ten years later she set up her own business Elton Engineering Books. Apart from bookselling Julia Elton has been involved in many events concerning engineering history, including co-organising The Triumphant Bore – an exhibition at the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1994 to mark the 150th anniversary of Marc Isambard Brunel’s Thames Tunnel.

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.


08 April 2014
Malet Street
ABA, Institute of English Studies (London University), Rare Book Society
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