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.
We hope you have found this information useful. Please do not hesitate to contact the ABA Office if we can help further –
The Kelmscott Chaucer
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. The Kelmscott Press, 1896. One of only 48 copies bound in pigskin by the Doves Bindery
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The 24th Chelsea Book Fair will be held at the Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London on 7-8 November 2014.
The Chelsea fair has become a strong fixture in the November calendar for book collectors and dealers. Warmer than Boston, more intimate than York, less formal than Paris – Chelsea has it all.
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This fictional account of the day-by-day life of an English gamekeeper is still of considerable interest to outdoor-minded readers, as it contains many passages on pheasant raising, the apprehending of poachers, ways to control vermin, and other chores and duties of the professional gamekeeper. Unfortunately one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material in order to discover and savour these sidelights on the management of a Midlands shooting estate, and in this reviewer's opinion this book cannot take the place of J. R. Miller's Practical Gamekeeping.
Ed Zern, reviewing a reissue of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, in Field and Stream, November 1959