"But Do You Actually Read Them?" - Forty Years of Collecting Fine Bindings


"But Do You Actually Read Them?" - Forty Years of Collecting Fine Bindings
The February 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 Anthony Davis. Anthony sponsors the Colin Franklin Prize for student book-collectors at Oxford University, and the similar Anthony Davis Prize at the University of London.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a member of the Grolier Club of New York.

As a book-collector, he has been buying fine bindings (“mostly British, mostly before 1820”) since he was a schoolboy and has assembled a rather idiosyncratic collection of books he hardly, if ever, reads.  In the seminar he reflected on why anyone would want to do this, some of the characters encountered on the way, the fun to be had and the future for him and all those connected with rare books.

The seminar took place on Tuesday 10th February 2015 at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. An essay based on the talk has now appeared in The Book Collector (Volume 64, No. 2 - Summer 2015).  

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 on the second Tuesday of each month. All are very welcome.