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Full Guided Tour Schedule

Posted 2016-10-24 14:28:45

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced collector, the guided tours at the Chelsea Book Fair are a great way to learn about rare books. This year's schedule includes eight different themes, including Rock and Roll, Royalty, James Bond, and Charles Dickens. All tours take place on Saturday the 5th of November - please register on the stage in the main hall.

12.00 Rock 'n Roll: Learn about collecting the history of Rock and Roll and how your favourite stars appeared in photobooks, biographies, and marketing material throughout the 20th century. The tour will be led by musician and bookseller Graham York, who runs a general interest bookshop and plays the drums in his free time.

12.30 Royalty: Valerie Jackson-Harris of Quadrille Ephemera will reveal fair treasures associated with the reigning families of Britain and Europe, from beautiful commemoratives to postcards, photographs, and books. Valerie has been dealing in ephemera for nearly fifty years years and is Chairman of the Ephemera Society.

13.00 Travel: Learn about rare and antique books on travel, voyages, and exploration with Clive Farahar. Clive has been a bookseller since 1969, when he joined the staff of Francis Edwards, and today he runs his own business. In 1985 he became the very first book expert on Antiques Roadshow, and he has remained with the programme for more than thirty years.

13.30 Art: Jean Hedger, a specialist on illustrated and children's books from the 19th and 20th centuries, will guide you on a tour of the most important, interesting, and unusual illustrated books available at the Fair, and will help you learn how to begin collecting this type of material.

14.00 Dickens: Brian Lake will introduce visitors to Charles Dickens collecting, including first editions, signed copies, and finely bound sets of his novels. Brian is a partner in Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers and a leading specialist in 19th-century literature, as well as former President of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association.

14.30 Politics: On Leo Cadogan's tour visitors will learn about the wide variety of political books, prints, and manuscripts available at the Fair and get tips on how to begin collecting in this area. Leo is a long-time member of the trade who founded his own business in 2007. He specialises in unusual and iconic items from the Renaissance and Early Modern Period.

15.00 Bond: Get the inside story on collecting classic James Bond novels with Jon Gilbert of Adrian Harrington Rare Books. Jon is an expert on Bond, having penned the award-winning bibliography of Ian Fleming's books and often appearing on radio and television to comment on agent 007 and his creator.

15.30 Beginner's Guide to Collecting Books: The perfect tour for those interested in rare books but unsure of where to start. Guide Greg Coombes is the Chief Executive of Francis Edwards, which was founded in London's West End in 1855 and now has a second branch in the world-famous book town Hay-on-Wye.