Colin and Charlotte Franklin


Colin and Charlotte Franklin
Colin Franklin, MA, FSA, is an English writer, bibliographer, book-collector and antiquarian bookseller. As a pupil at Oundle School, Colin developed an interest in William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites. After Oundle, he studied at St John’s College, Oxford, and worked for some years in publishing (at Routledge in London) before moving into antiquarian bookselling. He has specialised in the study of private presses and the book-arts, but has also written on Shakespeare, Japanese books and prints, Lord Chesterfield, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and on printing techniques and media.

He has been Honorary President of the Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles and President of the Private Libraries Association and the Double Crown Club. Among his publications are: 

Letters to a granddaughter on books and book collecting. 2012.
Obsessions and confessions of a book life.  2012.
Exploring Japanese books and scrolls. 1999. 
Book collecting as one of the fine arts. 1995.
Lord Chesterfield: his character and Characters. 1993.
The private presses. Second edition, 1991.
Shakespeare domesticated: the eighteenth-century editions. 1991.
Poets of the Daniel Press. 1988.
The Ashendene Press. 1986.
Printing and the mind of Morris. 1986.
Themes in aquatint. 1978.
Emery Walker: some light on his theories of printing and on his relations with William Morris and Cobden-Sanderson. 1973.


 The Other House, Culham, Oxfordshire, OX14 4NA