Book Signing and Guided Tours

Bespoke Tours for Clubs or Societies

Bespoke tours can be offered to groups of 6-10 people – if you are a member of a club or society with a particular interest then please do get in touch before 1st of October and we will see if we can arrange that for you.

Guided Tours

What are you collecting? The free guided tours at the Chelsea Book Fair are a fantastic way to learn more about rare and collectible books, maps, prints, and ephemera, giving you valuable insight into the world of collecting. 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.


Book signing, Philip Curtis

Philip Curtis will be signing copies of his new book

War Map

at the Chelsea Book Fair on Friday, November 4th, 5.00-7.00pm

Global conflict in the first half of the 20th century is vividly illuminated in this book, presenting pictorial maps from the Boer War right up to the Korean War. The accompanying text explores the fascinating and often forgotten stories behind these iconic images.

During this period printed propaganda material reached a pinnacle in terms of innovation, importance and direct influence.

Gloriously illustrated, the maps range from the straightforwardly patriotic pieces of the 1900s, through the hate-filled effusions of the Nazis to the hope inspired maps by the likes of Max Gill and Ernest Dudley Chase as World War Two drew to a close.

The immediacy of the images still resonates with us today and captures these pivotal moments of the past. Together they form an extraordinary graphic record and offer a unique look at the art of persuasion and propaganda.

About the authors

Philip Curtis joined the Book Department at Christie’s in 1984 becoming the Travel Book and Map Specialist. Since 1992 he has been a director of The Map House in London. In 2012 he co-authored with Jakob Søndergård Pedersen The Mapping of Antarctica.

Jakob Søndergård Pedersen graduated from Aarhus University with a Masters degree in Classical Archaeology in 2009. He was a scholar at the Danish Academy in Rome in 2008 and went on to take part in a number of archaeological excavations around the Mediterranean. He joined The Map House in 2009 before relocating with his family to Spain in 2014.

About the publisher

The Map House is the world’s largest and oldest specialist antiquarian map gallery, selling maps, globes, prints, vintage posters and exploration ephemera since 1907.

War Map. Curtis, Philip & Jakob Søndergård Pedersen. London, 2016. 252 pages.