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What's On

Guided Tours

FRIDAY

5:30pm: Introduction to Rare Books

Andrea Mazzocchi, a specialist in Medical, Gastronomy and Travel books from Bernard Quaritch Ltd, will be providing an introduction to the world of rare book collecting.

6pm: From Aldous to Zadie: Writers of the Modern Era

Discover the stories behind rare editions and beautiful dustwrappers, modern classics and forgotten bestsellers of the 20th and 21st centuries with Dr Anke Timmermann, former Munby Fellow in Bibliography at the University of Cambridge (2013-2014) and co-owner of Type & Forme. Suitable for the collector and the curious alike.

SATURDAY

1pm: A Whistle Stop Introduction to the History of Bookbinding

With examples from across the fair, Antiquates’ Bookseller Tom Lintern-Mole will take you through how books were bound from their earliest appearance right through to the 20th century.

1.30pm: Introduction to Rare Books

Sophie Schneideman, has been a specialist in private press and illustration books for over 28 years, trading first as part of Maggs Bros. Ltd and now Sophie Schneideman Ltd. She will be introducing novice collectors or just those with a keen interest to rare book collecting.

2pm: Highlights of Modern Firsts and Modern Children’s Books

Dr Les Ashton of Ashton Rare Books will be discussing a wide and varied range of Modern Firsts and Modern Children’s titles to reveal what makes them so special.

2:30pm: Beautiful Bindings

Andrew McGeachin will be taking us through the history of the decorated book, from the illuminated manuscript to the 20th Century.

3pm: Eating Books

First time exhibitor at Chelsea, Ben Kinmont from the United States, will be giving a fascinating talk about collecting books on Gastronomy.

Book Signing with David Batterham

FRIDAY

4.30pm: Dear Howard - David Batterham

With a foreword by Barry Humphries

Published by The Redstone Press

This hugely enjoyable collection of letters, written by antiquarian bookseller David Batterham to the painter Howard Hodgkin, introduce us to a richly bohemian world that we might otherwise never encounter.

For several decades David Batterham has scoured Europe and beyond in pursuit of the rare and the forgotten, always poets and royalty.

David Batterham’s wine-stained reports of a wandering life are never censorious, always observant and one can only imagine Howard Hodgkin’s delight on reading them.

'A Gallery of eccentrics with Batterham himself the most notable, drunk, often penniless...Lucky Hodgkin to have received these letters.' Alan Bennett