My co-author, Ashley Baynton-Williams, brings to my notice at this quiet time of the year that CNBC (the business channel) has recently been flagging up the buying of maps and books for investment purposes.  Links to these interesting  articles are given to the right in the blogroll – and yes, we were as puzzled as you may be by the reference in the text to that famous cartographer William Blough (no prizes, no postcards).  Do click on the video links in the articles to hear two of our members, Philip Curtis (The Map House) and Daniel Crouch taking a common-sense, sage and cautious line on maps.   An old friend, John Windle, long removed to the USA, talks about collecting books – and handles with admirable aplomb the startling question – “All I have is my Kindle, where do I start?”

Weather permitting, presidential forays are planned both to the South-East and up to Scotland in the next few weeks.  The blog proper will resume then.  In the meantime simply let me wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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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