Sheila Markham

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The Book Collectors


Great booksellers are the key to being a great collector

- Lars Forsberg

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Lars Forsberg

Lars Forsberg

Collecting requires a certain skill in bringing items together in a meaningful way.

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David J. Hall

David J. Hall

My collecting was dictated by how much money was left over each month after the mortgage and the gas bill had been paid. I’ve never spent more than £500 on a book.

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Anthony Surtees

Anthony Surtees

Perhaps the most irritating thing a bookseller can say to a collector is, ‘I had a copy, but it sold last week’.

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David Lewis

David Lewis

If I could buy a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer on vellum, I would be like a sleepy labrador, lie down in front of the fire, and go to sleep as far as book collecting is concerned.

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Eric Mouillefarine

Eric Mouillefarine

The French Revolution is a particularly interesting period for the study of ex-libris. Many noble families with armorial ex-libris revised the design to reduce the risk of unwanted attention during the revolutionary period.

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Toshiyuki Takamiya

Toshiyuki Takamiya

I remember my youthful fascination with leather-bound books. There was something about their weight and smell that was so different from Chinese and Japanese bindings. I used to dream about owning leather books and being able to touch, smell and possess them. 

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Jack Lunzer

Jack Lunzer

If anyone wanted to start collecting Hebrew books today, I would advise them to concentrate on places of printing that have been ignored – Eastern Europe and Russia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, or perhaps Constantinople and Salonika in the same period. 

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Jeremy Miles

Jeremy Miles

I have a very strong view that bookshops should be supported, and I refuse to purchase books on the internet.

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Michael L. VanBlaricum

Michael L. VanBlaricum

Sometimes I wonder what novels Ian Fleming might have written or what changes he would have made to his existing work if he had not been bound by the Official Secrets Act. 

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