The Macclesfield Book Fair

The Macclesfield Book Fair

Well, the Macclesfield Book Fair wasn’t quite the heady bibliographical experience that Roger had promised me, but a dozen hardy souls braved the rain to be there in the queue for the opening. All very amiable, booksellers taking endless trouble to explain the finer points. Reasonable attendance through the morning. Bought a few books (and an apparently unrecorded map), renewed some old acquaintanceships, and had a pleasant hour or two.

Duncan M. Allsop in Warwick

Duncan M. Allsop in Warwick

Made my farewells and headed for home. Traffic heavy again, but managed to reach Warwick about teatime. Still two bookshops on Smith Street – well done, Warwick. Duncan Allsop not around, but a cheery welcome. Plans for clearing and tidying the cellar well in hand. Bought a few books and then wandered up the road to the Eastgate Bookshop. All very friendly and courteous again – and bought some more books.

The Eastgate Bookshop, Warwick

The Eastgate Bookshop, Warwick

Up to about three dozen now for the trip (and the map). Dropped in on Karen Thomson to return her colourful umbrella which we had somehow acquired on Wild Swimming day. And then home to look forward to a week or two of cataloguing the purchases. Plans already in place for a visit to the PBFA York Book Fair in a couple of weeks – and the blog will resume then, if not sooner.

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.
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