Stationers Hall
The Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) 40th Annual Conference will take place on November 25-26 in Stationers Hall, off Ave Maria Lane in the City of London. Image © Copyright John Salmon and licensed under a Creative Commons Licence via Geograph.

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The two-day event on Sunday and Monday, November 25-26 in Stationers Hall, London is aimed at academics, collectors and booksellers, as a forum of discussion of the history of the printed word.

“Success in the book trade requires a firm knowledge of book history, which the congress can supply,” Camilla Szymanowska, secretary of the ABA, told ATG.

Rich history

Over the course of two days, speakers, such as Michael Harris and Robin Myers (the founders of the Book Trade Conference), will delve into the rich history of rare book dealing. Topics include Becoming a Rare Books Librarian, Forty Years of Book Trade History and From Scandalous Women to Provincial Peruke-Makers: Tracking the men and women of the English book trade.

Szymanowska said that, alongside the speakers, there will be opportunities to browse and purchase a selection of old and rare books and modern bibliographies from a selection of dealers and attend a Sunday evening reception sponsored by leading London dealers Bernard Quaritch. 

Tickets for the full conference are priced at £95 (including refreshments and the reception) or £60 for one day. Student discounts of £60 and £50 respectively are available. 

By Victoria Woolmer