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SEMINARS

Brian Lake

OCTOBER 2013

Brian Lake: The Nineteenth-Century Novel – When the Printed Word was King

Collecting Victorian Bestsellers: Are they ‘Dogs’ or Objects of Desire?

The October 2013 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society will be given by Brian Lake of Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers of Great Russell Street.

The Jarndyce business was founded by Brian in 1969 and is well known for the strength and depth of its stock, reflected in an impressive series of catalogues. Recent topics have included Charles Dickens, Seventeenth, Eighteenth and especially Nineteenth-Century Books & Pamphlets, London, Women Writers, Language and Education, Economic, Social & Political History (including Philosophy), Books in Translation, Bloods and Penny Dreadfuls, Chapbooks & Broadsides, Yellowback Novels, Plays & Theatre, and Newspapers.

The seminar will address a collecting conundrum. Sales of the most popular novels in the Victorian era were in the tens, even hundreds, of thousands. Booksellers have often dismissed these books as unsaleable ‘dogs’ – but they were the popular sensations of the age, the epitome of taste and fashion. How does the twenty-first century collector decide what to buy and what to ditch?

Make a note in your diary: 6pm on Tuesday 8 October 2013 – Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. All are very welcome.

Oscar Graves-Johnston

NOVEMBER 2013

Michael Graves-Johnston: Collecting the Distant World

The November 2013 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society will be given by Michael Graves-Johnston.

For more than thirty years, Michael Graves-Johnston Antiquarian & Rare Books has sourced the finest examples of books, manuscripts and photographs in the fields of Africana, Oceania and Egyptology for many important public and private collections. These include leading institutions worldwide, such as the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian, Washington DC; Northwestern University Library of Evanston, Illinois; the British Library, London; the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the American University, Cairo; as well as libraries in Australia, Hawaii, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, East and South Africa and across Europe.

Michael Graves-Johnston, a Philosophy graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, has himself travelled extensively throughout western Africa. The seminar will bring together all his wealth of experience in dealing with books and other material relating to the wider world beyond Europe and non-western civilisations.

Make a note in your diary: 6pm on Tuesday 12 November – Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. All are very welcome.

Railway Library

DECEMBER 2013

John Spiers: The Obscure Origins, Wonderful Life, and Shock Death of The Railway Library in British Fiction

The December 2013 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society will be given by Professor John Spiers, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute and a Visiting Professor at the University of Glamorgan. He is also a distinguished publisher, having founded the Harvester Press in 1969. Beyond all that, he is a very serious book-collector, especially of Victorian books.

He is the editor of Gissing and the City : Cultural Crisis and the Making of Books in Late Victorian England 2006; Serious about Series : American ‘Cheap’ Libraries, British ‘Railway’ Libraries and some Literary Series of the 1890's 2007 and The Culture of the Publisher’s Series : Authors, Publishers and the Shaping of Taste 2011 – and these titles reflect the theme of the seminar – The Obscure Origins, Wonderful Life, and Shock Death of The Railway Library in British Fiction.

Make a note in your diary: 6pm on Tuesday 10 December 2013 – Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. All are very welcome.

The Earl of Essex

JANUARY 2014

Anthony Payne: Censorship and the Limits of Bibliography and Collecting: The Case of Richard Hakluyt and the Earl of Essex

The January 2014 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society will be given by Anthony Payne. Anthony has worked as an auctioneer at Christie’s South Kensington and for many years was a Director of Bernard Quaritch Ltd. He is now an independent antiquarian bookseller and an Honorary Research Associate at University College London. He is on the Council of the Friends of the British Library, a Vice President of the Hakluyt Society, and a Director of Imago Mundi Ltd. He is working on a major bibliographical study of the travel writer and editor, Richard Hakluyt, and has published articles on Hakluyt and related matters in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History and elsewhere. His Richard Hakluyt: A Guide to His Books and to Those Associated with Him 1580–1625 appeared in 2008, and he has recently contributed a chapter on ‘Hakluyt’s London: Discovery and Overseas Trade’ to Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe, edited by Daniel Carey and Claire Jowitt (2012). With Pamela Neville-Sington, he has compiled an interim census of surviving copies of Hakluyt’s Divers Voyages (1582) and Principal Navigations (1589; 1598/9–1600). He is on the Editorial Board of the forthcoming Oxford University Press edition of Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations.

This seminar will discuss the censorship in 1599 of the first volume of the Principal Navigations, which involved the removal of its account of the controversial raid on Cadiz launched by the Earl of Essex in 1596, and seeks to explore how the physical evidence provided by surviving copies of the book throws light on this event, how the taste of collectors over succeeding centuries has distorted or destroyed such evidence, and the limitations of bibliography in reconstructing historical events in the absence of other documentation.

Make a note in your diary: 6pm on Tuesday 14 January 2014 – Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. All are very welcome.

Jeu de Cupidon

>British and Foreign Birds

FEBRUARY 2014

Adrian Seville: Collecting Five Centuries of Printed Board Games

The February 2014 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society will be given by Professor Adrian Seville.

Adrian Seville studies the history of printed board games, specialising in research on the Game of Goose and its many variants throughout Europe from the late sixteenth century to the present day. His research concerns the international diffusion of these games and their rich cultural history. He has a special interest in cartographic games and assisted the UK Government Department for Culture Media and Sport as an independent advisor regarding the export of the King George III cabinet of dissected maps, subsequently purchased by the Art Fund of England. He has assisted museums internationally and in the UK, including particularly the Bodleian Library, and Waddesdon Manor. He has given illustrated presentations in many countries and is a member of the Grolier Club of New York, where an exhibition of his personal collection of games is scheduled for 2016.

Though these spiral race games are simply played according to the throw of the dice, offering no choice of move, they are interesting objects to collect: often beautiful, and of historical and cultural importance in terms of amusement, education, propaganda or promotion. The numerology of the earliest games reflects medieval origins and tracing the iconography down the years is a rewarding pursuit, though the modern inventions can be equally absorbing.

Examples drawn from significant collections world-wide will be presented, with an indication of the research tools useful in this specialised field. The collector also needs an awareness of the organisations and the markets that are involved, given that printed games are much less supported by reliable reference material than are books of comparable value.

Make a note in your diary: 6pm on 11 February 2014 – Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. All are very welcome.

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