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  • Modern Firsts (For Beginners)

    Modern Firsts

    by Colin Strafer


    A book fair can be a dizzying experience for the collector of modern firsts, particularly one as big and prestigious as the ABA summer fair, now called Firsts. It’s public, it’s private, it’s whatever you want to make of it but above all, it involves real people. In short it’s not ‘online’, which... read more

  • Travel and Exploration

    by Anke Timmermann

    For this year’s Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair, ILAB antiquarian booksellers Type & Forme (UK) and Charlotte Du Rietz (Sweden) have joined forces to present travel ‘firsts’ from around the globe in a printed catalogue on Travel & Exploration. Their stands will showcase rare travel books,...
  • Happy Birthday Ian Fleming

    Ian Fleming Collector's Edition - half price

    from The Book Collector


    28th May 2019 marks Ian Fleming's 111th birthday.

    To celebrate our Founder's eleventy-first birthday The Book Collector is offering the Collector's Edition of Ian Fleming: The Book Collector for HALF PRICE until 3rd June (offer now expired).

    This beautiful special edition is comprised of 10... read more

  • Shakespeare's First Folio from the John Wolfson Collection at Firsts, London

    Shakespeare's First Folio

    NEWS STORY by Silke Lohmann


    The ABA's annual flagship event, in its 62nd year and rebranded as Firsts – London's Rare Book Fair, will be opened on Friday, 7th June by Stephen Fry, well-known actor and writer and a book collector himself.

    The fair will also host a special exhibition with charity partner Shakespeare's Globe to... read more

  • Book Towns

    Book Towns



    Tacky it may be, but those who are collectors of books are also their buyers and therefore should not sneer at a new book from Alex Johnson called Book Towns: Forty-Five Paradises of the Printed Word, published by Frances Lincoln.

    It is, the blurb says, the first such directory and includes both... read more

  • California Typewriter

    Tom Hanks California Typewriter



    Nowadays our fingers need to be super-featly to get quickly round all the possible moves on one’s device: Alt, Ctrl, Scroll, Insert and the like, sometimes three at a go.

    It was not always thus.

    To celebrate the olden days a film has just been released in the UK called California Typewriter... read more

  • Nick ter Wal and Friedo Lampe

    Friedo Lampe At The Edge of the Night


    Nick ter Wal of has put out his first two catalogues. Fifteen titles are offered in Provenance (Catalogus 1) including three editions of Spinoza. In stock are rare editions in Dutch of Flaubert and Wilde and ‘a series of booklets printed in the 1980s by an Amsterdam-based...
  • "Art Nonsense": last words from the pen of DH Lawrence...

    DHL by Ellior & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Introduction by Richard Owen


    “Eric Gill's 'Art Nonsense'” was the last thing DH Lawrence wrote before he died of tuberculosis in the South of France on 2 March 1930 at the age of 44 – and what is most striking about it is his preoccupation with God.

    Not that Lawrence's concept of God was in any sense orthodox, any more than... read more

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