Book Trade History Conference 2017

 26/11/2017 – 27/11/2017 This year’s annual conference on book trade history will explore ways in which gender
has shaped the organization as well as the output of the trade from the early modern
period to the recent past. Issues relating to the management and practice of printing
and bookselling will be set alongside shifts in the patterns of demand, ownership and
readership, as men and women maintained or redefined their mutual roles in business
and employment, as well as in society at large.

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Sunday 26th November

10.00 – 10.30 am Registration and coffee
10.30 – 11.45 am Sara Pennell: Hannah and her sisters? The development of the market for
household manuals, c. 1660-1750
11.45 – 12.15 pm Coffee
12.15 – 1.30 pm Helen Smith: Gender and identity in the early modern book trades
1.30 – 3.00 pm Buffet Lunch. During the lunch break, Robin Myers, Archivist Emeritus, will give
a brief talk about the history of the Hall and Andrea Cameron, Stationers’ Company Honorary
Librarian, will lead a tour of the building.
3.00 – 4.15 pm Mirjam Foot: ‘The property of a lady’: women as owners of fine bindings
4.15– 4.45 pm Tea
4.45 – 6.00 pm Laurence Worms: Women in the Rare Book Trade 1880-1920
6.00 – 7.00 pm Reception at Stationers’ Hall, sponsored by Bernard Quaritch 

Monday 27th November

09.30 –10.00 am Coffee
10.00 – 11.10 am Caroline Bowden: The nuns of the English convents in exile and their
books: connections between the communities and the book trade 1600-1800
11.10 – 11.40 am Coffee
11.40 – 12.50 pm Anne Lawrence: Progressive Steps: The early women of the Bodleian
Library, Oxford
12.50 – 1.50 pm Lunch
1.50 – 3.00 pm Marianne Van Remoortel: Agents of Change: Women Editors and Socio-Cultural
Transformation in Europe, 1710-1920
3.00 – 3.45 pm Michael Harris: The Nutt family at work; gender and geography in the London
book trade, 1690 to 1750
3.45 – 4.00 pm End of formal proceedings. Michael Harris will lead a walking tour of book-trade
sites, lasting about 45 minutes and ending in a local pub.

The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair

 02/11/2018 – 03/11/2018
Held each Autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, this Fair brings together more than 80 exhibitors specialising in vintage and rare books, first editions, maps, prints and manuscripts form all over the world.  There's something for every interest - poetry, children's classics, modern fiction, gardening, cookery, sport, military, crime, art, architecture, travel...  Prices range from a few pounds to many thousands. Free themed guided tours for new collectors.

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Lives in Book Trade History

 25/11/2018 – 26/11/2018 In celebration of the 40th year of the conference series, this year's annual conference on book trade history will explore some of the most important themes and developments in this field through the eyes and experience of some of its most widely respected exponents. Leading authorities will discuss their engagement with book trade history, looking back over their own work to identify the significant influences upon them and changes in focus and research methods over time.

Sunday 26 November
10.00 – 10.30 am Registration and coffee
10.30 – 11.20 am Christopher de Hamel: Medieval Manuscripts and the Dunedin Public Library
11.20 – 11.50 am Coffee
11.50 – 12.40 pm Lotte Hellinga: A Lifetime with Early Printed Books
12.40 – 2.30 pm Buffet Lunch. During the lunch break, the Archivist of the Stationers’ Company, Ruth Frendo, will lead a tour of the new Stationers’ Company archive building.
2.30 – 3.20 pm Peter Blayney: ‘But I Digress’
3.20 – 4.10 pm Maureen Bell: From Scandalous Women to Provincial Peruke-Makers: Tracking the men and women of the English book trade
4.10 – 4.40 pm Tea
4.40 – 5.30 pm Mark Rose: Copyright and Authorship: From the courthouse to the archive
5.30 – 7.00 pm Reception at Stationers’ Hall, sponsored by Bernard Quaritch Ltd
Monday 27 November
9.30 – 10.00 am Coffee
10.00 – 10.50 am Antony Griffiths: The Development of Print Studies since World War II
10.50 – 11.20 am Coffee
11.20 – 12.10 pm Mirjam Foot: Approaches to the Study of Bookbindings: From E.P. Goldschmidt to H.M. Nixon and beyond
12.10 – 1.00 pm Dennis Rhodes: Italy, Bibliography and Myself
1.00 – 2.10 pm Lunch
2.10 – 3.00 pm David McKitterick: Becoming a Rare Books Librarian - and something more
3.00 – 3.50 pm Robin Myers and Michael Harris: Forty Years of Book Trade History

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​ABA Council Meeting

 05/12/2018 – 05/12/2017 Open to all members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association. Usually held at 6 Bell Yard, London WC2A 2JR

If you wish to attend, please contact in advance.

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