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, a definition of Modern First Editions and Coming to Terms with MSS by Roy Davids, all on this 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, 2004)
  • 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 1 vol)
  • 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. Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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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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Chelsea FairThe 24th Chelsea Book Fair will be held at the Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London on 7-8 November 2014.

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