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Seminars on Book Collecting – A Brief History of a Bookshop Collector

decoration08 March 2016

Julian Nangle opened his first bookshop, called Words Etcetera, in Theberton Street, Islington, forty years ago. At the last count he has opened and closed eleven bookshops since then, all but one using the same trading name. He has also issued over 190 book catalogues in that time (mainly in his usual fields of Modern First Editions, Illustrated Books and Poetry). His catalogues have long been distinguished by his idiosyncratic personal introductions and musings on his life, his business, the book trade, the passing seasons, and the world in general – a collected edition of which he has recently published as “Personal Note”.

Julian will talk of these adventures in bookselling and, a published poet himself, include reference to his private publishing venture, Words Press – a largely poetry driven enterprise. His talk will weave in and out of the various places he has settled only to move on a little later. His nomadic nature has not gone unnoticed within the trade and he will give some background to these moves. He has had bookshops in London, Brighton, Dorchester, Blandford, London (again, Museum Street this time), Weymouth, Blandford (again), Bridport, the Isle of Wight, Chichester and Alhurin el Grande (Spain).

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)


08 March 2016
Malet Street
Institute of English Studies (London University), ABA, Rare Book Society
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