The Education of a Book Collector

The Education of a Book Collector

The November 2015 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society was given by Jeremy Archer.

Jeremy Archer has been an enthusiastic book collector for almost thirty-five years.  It has been a long, and often surprising, journey involving many friendships, occasional changes of direction and healthy doses of serendipity.  At the seminar he shared aspects of this journey, in the hope of inspiring others to chart a similar course.

He currently collects illustrated books, with a focus on the twentieth-century private presses.

As well as collecting books, Jeremy Archer is also a published author, focusing on military history – particularly his own Regiment – and also on the Christmas period and how the holiday has been celebrated in times gone by.  His published works include A Military Miscellany, published by Elliott & Thompson in 2013; A Royal Christmas, published by Elliott & Thompson in 2012; The Old West Country Regiments, published by Pen & Sword in 2011; Away at Christmas, published by Elliott & Thompson in 2009; Home for Christmas, published by Century (Random House) in 2007.  He was also a member of the editorial committee for The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment 1958-2007, published by Pen & Sword in 2007.

The seminar took place on Tuesday 10th November 2015 at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. The seminars are free and open to the public. There is no need to book and all are very welcome.

The seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, booksellers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth-former to the retired professor. The atmosphere is informal, as are the presentations. They are held in the University of London’s Senate House and run from 6.00pm on the second Tuesday of each month.