Book Collecting


Book Collecting
The November 2012 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society was given by Jolyon Hudson of Pickering & Chatto, who tried to demystify the Indian rope trick of the economics of the rare book trade – from the point of view of the dealer and the auctioneer as well as the collector.

Jolyon started as an auction porter in 1976, eventually becoming a director and auctioneer for Christie’s. In 1992 he left Christie’s to become manager of Pickering & Chatto, who have been dealing in rare books for the best part of two centuries, and in 2006 he also became manager of Marlborough Rare Books. No-one can bring a wider variety of experience of the vagaries of the rare book trade’s finances. 

The seminar was held on Tuesday 13 November 2012 in the Senate Room at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. 

All the seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth former to the retired professor. The atmosphere is informal, as are the presentations. Many of the talks are illustrated by actual examples.

The seminars are held in the University of London’s Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, and run from 6.00 to 7.30 pm, usually on the second Tuesday of the month.