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Recommended reading for new entrants to the Antiquarian Book Trade

Please note that there is nothing that can be regarded as a straight 'textbook' for antiquarian bookselling. These rather provide basic background reading about the trade, bibliography and book collecting which will be very valuable reading to anyone seriously interested in the trade.

  • Terms of the Trade by Roger Gaskell and Coming to Terms with Manuscripts by Roy Davids, both available on the website.
  • Mandelbrote (Giles) - editor: Out of Print and Into Profit. 2006
  • Rota (Anthony): Books in the Blood. 2002.
  • Rota (Anthony): Apart from the Text. 1998.
  • Minet (Paul): Bookdealing for Profit. 2000
  • Carter (John): ABC for Book Collectors. 1952 (last revised edition, 2006).
  • Bernard (Phillipa & Leo, with Angus O'Neill): Antiquarian Books: a Companion. 1994
  • Muir (P.H.): Minding My Own Business. 1981.
  • Gaskell (Philip): New Introduction to Bibliography. 1972 (and later).
  • Muir (P.H.): Book Collecting as a Hobby, Letters to Everyman and Book Collecting, More Letters. 1944-1949 (later reprinted in one volume).
  • Carter (John): Taste and Technique in Book Collecting. 1949 (and later).
  • Brook (G.L.): Books and Book-Collecting. 1980.
  • Uden (Grant): Understanding Book-Collecting. 1982.

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Edinburgh Book Fair - 6th & 7th March 2015

The 2015 Edinburgh PBFA & ABA joint Book Fair is looming and marked in every bibliophile’s calendar we are sure. The Edinburgh Book Fair represents an important union between the two pre-eminent national bookseller associations and this two-day event provides an excellent opportunity to see and buy a wide selection of rare, antiquarian and secondhand books, manuscripts, ephemera and artwork from some of the country's leading bookdealers.

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, 80 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH

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Robert Walpole,  Lord  Orford (on seeing Henry Fox reading in the library at Houghton), quoted in Edmund Fitzmaurice Life of Shelburne (1875)