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It was a decisive victory for incoming president Laurence Worms (Ash Rare Books) and for Brian Lake (Jarndyce) who becomes vice president.

Mr Worms said: "The ABA simply has to move forward into the 21st century or cease to exist. I'm delighted to have secured a clear mandate for change. Our immediate priority is to ensure the success of our flagship antiquarian bookfair at Olympia (June 9-11)."