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A Masterclass in Book Collecting
Mon 5 June 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
Dr Sarah Cusk, Antiquarian Cataloguer at Lincoln College, Oxford, and Matthew Haley, Director of Books at Bonhams, discuss different forms of book collecting throughout history, what makes a collector, and how books derive their value, and invite their audience to participate in the conversation.
After graduating from Lincoln College, Oxford with an M.A. in English Literature, Matthew Haley worked in the University's Taylor Institution Library. An undergraduate interest in Virginia Woolf led to curiosity about the Hogarth Press, antiquarian booksellers' catalogs, and the wider world of rare books. In 2004, he joined Bonhams in London as a specialist in the Book Department, and his baptism of fire involved one of the finest libraries of angling books to have been offered in auction for some decades. Before long Matthew began to concentrate on 19th century photography - particularly of India - and was involved in a number of photographic private sales. Moving to Bonhams New York office in 2008, Matthew took the reins of their inaugural Space Sale, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of man's first steps on the Moon. He continued to handle books in all fields, manuscripts, maps, and historical photographs. After brief sojourns in the company's Los Angeles office, Matthew returned to London in early 2013 to lead the UK Book Department, since then he has spoken at the Hay Festival and appeared on BBC Antiques Roadshow.
After a degree in English Literature from Cambridge, Sarah Cusk moved to New York to do a PhD in Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She went on to teach Renaissance and Reformation Studies in the History and Literature Department at Harvard before moving away from academia into Special Collections at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Since then she has worked as an antiquarian cataloguer for the National Trust, the National Portrait Gallery, the Bibliotheque Royale in Brussels, Dr Johnson’s House in London and St John’s, Oxford; she has also worked in the Department of Books and Manuscripts at Sotheby’s where she valued and catalogued books for the Continental and English Literature and History sales. She is currently cataloguing the early printed books in the Senior Library at Lincoln College, Oxford.
Highlights of Bonhams 14th June Fine Books and Manuscripts auction will also be on view.
A Rare Books London event
ATG is proud to be the media partner of the inaugural Rare Books London 2017 and is publishing the 2017 Books, Prints and Maps supplement. This dedicated supplement is written by industry specialists and will celebrate the rich history of book dealing and the great expertise that resides in the dealing and auctioneering community, seeking to connect the reader with leading members of the book trade. All subscribers to Rare Books London events will receive a free digital copy of the supplement when it is published.