I kid you not – there is bookshop of this name in East Looe. It wasn’t open when I passed by preternaturally early in the day, having been awakened at dawn or near it by BBC Cornwall wanting a one sentence answer to the simple question of how to prevent theft from bookshops.
Ian Marr in his Bookroom
Back to the absolutely splendid Anchor Lights B&B for a sunny breakfast overlooking the harbour. Perfect. On to Liskeard to visit Ian Marr – warm welcome, some very interesting books, and yet more purchases. Cheque-book now bruised, battered and bleeding, unlikely to survive the trip. Then to Charles Cox, ducks, dog, family and books at Treglasta.
Charles Cox at Work
Sterling work from Jane in finding it – not even on our map. Another friendly welcome – such a distinctive stock – and out came the cheque-book again.
Re-entered Devon intent on finding the long-delayed cream-tea.
Roger Collicott’s shop – sorry to arrive on the wrong day
And found it somewhere in the middle of Dartmoor. Perfect again and well worth the wait.
The President at work in a secret, undisclosed and unblogged location
About Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books
Laurence Worms has owned and run Ash Rare Books since 1971. He represented the antiquarian book trade on the (British) National Book Committee from 1993 to 2002 and has been six times an elected member of the Council of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association. He was largely responsible for drafting the Association’s Code of Good Practice first introduced in 1997 (and its recent update), served as Honorary Secretary of the Association from 1998 to 2001 and as President from 2011 to 2013. He is a former member of the Council of the Bibliographical Society and continues to serve on the Council of the London Topographical Society.
He writes and lectures on various aspects of the history of the book and map trades, and has lectured at the universities of Cambridge, London, Reading and Sheffield, as well as at the Bibliographical Society, the Royal Geographical Society, the Warburg Institute, the National Library of Scotland and at Gresham College and Stationers' Hall. Published work includes the compilation of fourteen ‘lives’ for the “Oxford Dictionary of National Biography”, a number of articles for “The Oxford Companion to the Book” and the chapter on early English maps and atlases for the fourth volume of “The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain”. Essays on the British map trade are also appearing in “The History of Cartography” published by the University of Chicago Press. His long-awaited “British Map Engravers”, co-written with Ashley Baynton-Williams, was published to critical acclaim in 2011. He also contributed the numerous biographical notes to Peter Barber’s hugely successful “London : A History in Maps”, co-published by the British Library and the London Topographical Society in 2012.