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New ABA Member - Jonathan Wattis

I set up my business in Hong Kong in 1986 and typed out my first book list on an old typewriter. At the time I was living in a rented flat on the 22nd floor of a high-rise building in Wanchai, overlooking Happy Valley Race Course. After a couple of years of selling prints and books from home, I opened a small gallery on Hollywood Road called Wattis Fine Art; we are still at the same address today.

My working life started as a porter at the auction house Christie’s in South Kensington in 1977, in the ceramics department ...

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New ABA Member - Polly Beauwin (Richmond Autographs)

I first entered the world of antiquarian books over twenty years ago when I found myself working, rather to my surprise, at Maggs Bros in Berkeley Square. Having come from a theatrical – specifically a dance – background (not, sadly, as a dancer, but first for a dance publication then for the Royal Academy of Dancing as it then was), the transition was perhaps unexpected.

Even so, I had obtained my degree in Comparative Literature and Philosophy, so books had always been an important part of my life. More to the point, I was, and still am, shamelessly curious about people – their lives, their ideas, their emotions. Then I met the great Hinda Rose, who ran the Autograph Department at Maggs for many years. I had found my niche.

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New ABA Member - John Kerr (Kerr & Sons)

Books in the Blood should be the subtitle of this profile!  I have bookselling ancestry on both sides of my family, so it probably does not come as a surprise that I should take it up as a second career some fifteen years ago.  The Kerr family have traded in second-hand and antiquarian books for over eighty years and the business is now into its third generation represented by my son Robert.

We operate from a small shop and a showroom/store in the picturesque Lake District village of Cartmel, where the business was founded in the 1930s ...

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New ABA Member - Giles Bird (BAS Ltd.) 

Finished an English literature degree in the early seventies at the legendary University of Leeds, and was loving books all the more – especially after explorations in the vast labyrinths of the Brotherton Library. So, started a four-pronged approach back in London: selling books under Westway along Portobello Road on chilly Saturdays, long meandering drives around distant bookshops to fill up the VW blue beetle with more stock, “running” to dealers on Charing Cross Road early evenings ...

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New Associate Member - Mark Everett (Tindley & Everett)

Some of the readers of the ABA Newsletter may know me as a collector of twentieth-century English literature, particularly from the inter-war period. I have been a book collector all my adult life and one of my greatest pleasures has been to meet and develop mutually (I hope) enjoyable relationships with many booksellers both in the UK and the US.

I have found, and continue to believe strongly, that the interests of book collectors are best served by developing such relationships and regarding booksellers as collaborators in the great task of building interesting collections. That is certainly how I have approached my own book collecting ... 

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New Associate Member - Clare Trimming (Beaux Books)

Last year marked the twentieth anniversary of my first foray into the antiquarian book trade. In 1994 I spent two weeks covered in book-dust helping out amongst the stacks at Bloomsbury Book Auctions. It wasn’t the most glamorous of beginnings but something about the buzz of the auction, the chance discovery and the friendliness of the Bloomsbury crowd got to me and I was hooked. I returned to Bloomsbury occasionally whilst at university. A fortuitous meeting there with John Sims led to a permanent job at Sims Reed and I moved from auctions into dealing.

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ABA New Member - Julian Roberts

I have always had an interest in books and libraries; well, for as long as I remember anyway. Not the sort of highly visible, glamorous Country House library but more the private library – the “guilty pleasure” – put together by one and to be shared by one and one only; these small libraries are often strictly devoted to a single subject and are collected with furious and determined ambition. I am in tune with this type of collecting and indeed it was this sort of driving passion that led to me dealing full time in books nearly twenty years ago ...

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