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Programme of Guided Tours at Chelsea Rare Book Fair


Announcing our Guided Tours at the ABA Chelsea Rare Book fair which are suitable for the collector and curious alike. 

FRIDAY 2 November

5.30pm     Introduction to Rare Books Andrea Mazzocchi, a specialist in Medical, Gastronomy and Trael books from Bernard Quaritch, will provide an introduction to the world of rare book collecting.  Reserve your place

6pm          From Aldous to Zadie: Writers of the Modern Era
Anke Timmermann from
Type & Forme will share the stories behind rare editions and beautiful dustwrappers, modern classics and forgotten bestsellers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Reserve your place

SATURDAY 3 November

1pm         A Whistle Stop Introduction to the History of Bookbinding
Antiquates' bookseller Tom Lintern-Mole will take you through how books were bound from their earliest appearance right through to the 20th century.  Reserve your place


1.30pm     Introduction to Rare Books

Sophie Schneideman, a specialist in private press and illustration books with over 28 years experience, will introduce novice collectors or those with a keen interest to rare book collecting. Reserve your place

2pm         Highlights of Modern Firsts and Modern Children's
Dr Les Ashton of Ashton Rare Books 
will discuss a wide and varied range of Modern Firsts and Modern Children's titles to reveal what makes them so special. Reserve your place

2.30pm    Beautiful Bindings 
Andrew McGeachin of Heywood Hill Books
will reveal the history of the decorated book, from the illuminated manuscript to the modern day. Reserve your place

3pm        Eating Books
First time exhibitor at Chelsea, Ben Kinmont 
from the USA, will give a delicious talk about collecting books on Gastronomy. Reserve your place