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Specialist Tours

Introduction to Rare Books

Saturday 8th June - 11.30am & 5.30pm
Sunday 9th June - 11.30am

Not sure where to start? Learn the basics of collecting rare books, from common descriptive terms used by booksellers to tips for starting your own collection. All tour guides are highly experienced booksellers, specialising in a wide range of materials. Sign up at the Information Desk in the Foyer. Tours depart from the Tour Stop by L10 and the café. Spaces limited to 15 per tour.


Bookwomen and Books by Women with AN Devers

Friday 7th June - 4.30pm

AN Devers, owner of The Second Shelf, explores the history of women in the book trade, as well as how gender inequality on bookshelves effects the afterlife of women writers.

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Shakespeare at Source: Highlights from The John Wolfson Rare Book Collection

Saturday 8th June - noon & 5.30pm
Sunday 9th June - noon

Adam Douglas senior specialist at Peter Harrington on highlights from The John Wolfson Rare Book Collection exhibition staged with Shakespeare's Globe, and from exhibitors at the fair. This tour will meet at the bottom of the stairs in the Foyer leading to the Mezzanine.


Cruising the Book Fair with Brooke Palmieri

Saturday 8th June - 1.30pm

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History of the Printed Nature Book with Laura Massey

Saturday 8th June - 2.30pm

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A Whistle-Stop Introduction to the History of Bookbinding with Tom Lintern-Mole

Saturday 8th June - 3.30pm

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Modern First Editions: Fair Highlights with Dr Les Ashton

Sunday 9th June - 1.30pm

Dr Les Ashton focuses on a selection of books at the Fair to explain what really makes a book a ‘highlight'.


Association Copies, or 'Other People's Books' with Christian White

Saturday 8th June - 4.30pm

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Getting to know early printed books

Sunday 9th June - 12.30pm

Leo Cadogan, dealer in early printing, will introduce you to the quirky, the beautiful and the amazing things that are to be found amongst the early printed books at this fair, and in the process will aim to provide a brief introduction to the hand-press period and what makes it so interesting.


Association Copies And The Stories They Tell with Tom Ayling

Sunday 9th June - 2.30pm

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Women and the Book with Annie Rowlenson

Sunday 9th June - 3.30pm

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