Melbourne Rare Book Fair

 12/07/2019 – 14/09/2019 The Melbourne Rare Book Week is well established in the City of Melbourne’s event calendar. It is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and heritage. As part of Rare Book Week that runs from 5 - 14 July 2019, the Melbourne Rare Book Fair will be held from 12 - 14 July  2019 at the University of Melbourne's historic Wilson Hall, with free admission to all visitors.
Leading Australian and international antiquarian booksellers will bring a rich and diverse array of books together that cater for all who genuinely love print on paper and who share a passion for books. Subjects including early printed books, maps, historical accounts of travel and exploration, prints, literature, art, militaria, children's books, and ephemera will be offered for sale at prices to suit all levels of collecting. Whether you already have your own personal library or would like to explore the world of book collecting, this is your opportunity to explore the world of books with experts in their fields.

ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair 2019

 31/10/2019 – 02/11/2019 The 29th edition of the ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair will return to Chelsea Old Town Hall from 31st October to 2nd November 2019.

Ephemera Society Fair

 01/12/2019 – 01/12/2019 The Ephemera Society 2019 Winter Fair will be held Sunday 1 December at the Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT.

Entry £3  All welcome

More info: 01923 829079

Collecting science books - The ‘Hows’, the ‘whys’

 02/12/2019 – 02/12/2019
Speakers: Dr. Elma Brenner (subject specialist, medieval and early modern medicine, Wellcome Library), Deborah Coltham (Deborah Coltham Rare Books Limited), Edwin Rose (PhD student, University of Cambridge, and prize-winning book collector).
The drive to collect is as old as time, and the motivating factors are myriad, each collector inspired by a combination of reasons. This is no less true for those of us compelled to seek out rare, important, and unusual books, manuscripts, and ephemera in the history of science and medicine.  The talks this evening will explore some of the motivations and criteria for buying, from three different perspectives, that of dealer, private collector, and institutional buyer, in so doing highlighting areas of commonality and difference.
(Attached are sample pictures that will be used at the seminar. They are from Wellcome MS. 8932, an early 15th-century folding almanac, and Wellcome EPB/61997/A (Questa operetta tracta del arte del ben morire (Venice: Johannes Baptista Sessa, after 22 March 1503)).

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