Collecting Children's Books


Collecting Children's Books
The May 2013 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society was given by Brian Alderson. Brian is one of the pioneers of children’s literature studies in Britain, a prolific writer, editor, reviewer, compiler and translator. He is a leading bibliographer in the field of children’s literature and a collector in his own right; his knowledge of children’s publishing and book production in Britain is unmatched.

Among his more recent publications are Edward Ardizzone : A Bibliographic Commentary 2003; Be Merry and Wise : Origins of Children’s Book Publishing in England, 1650-1850 (with Felix de Marez Oyens) 2006 and (with Andrea Immel), a commentary with facsimiles, of the legendary nursery-rhyme assemblage of 1744 : Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song-Book; voll.II.

The seminar took place on Tuesday 14 May 2013 at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. 

The seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, 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 usually on the second Tuesday of each month. All are very welcome. The seminars are free and open to the public.