In an attempt to knock the Kindle off its throne, a new society was set up in October 2016 by a teacher/Ph.D. researcher from North London in the hope that it will 'make books sexy again'. In an age where the overwhelming majority of us access print culture through electronic devices, we run the risk of losing a wealth of information that can only be discerned from the material text. And whilst the Kindle may be a backpacker’s best friend, a book’s material form provides us with an insight into its history.
The new Society of Bibliophiles is hosted by the University of London and sponsored by Auction House stalwarts, Bonhams, as well as the ABA (Antiquarian Booksellers Assocations, affiliated to International League of Antiquarian Booksellers) and Maggs Bros Books. Over the course of the year they will run a programme of events that will target young people in an attempt to persuade them to fall back in love with the material book.
The next events for 2017 have just been announced:
VISIT TO LAMBETH PALACE LIBRARY
16th February 2017
6 - 7.30pm
VISIT TO THE INSTITUTE OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH
3rd April 2017
6.30 - 8pm
LONDON RARE BOOKS WEEK LECTURE & RECEPTION
31st May 2017
5 - 9pm
The society is open to all, not just university students, and aims to provide an opportunity for those who are interested book-collecting – whether it’s rare books, comics, or classic Penguins – to meet up with like-minded people..
The society aims to:
Promote all aspects of books, book-collecting and material texts.
To raise awareness and improve knowledge of bibliophilia.
To encourage people to collect books.
Meetings will be held monthly and a programme of events will run throughout the year, including round table discussions, lectures by guest speakers and collection visits.If you have any questions or would like to register your interest in attending the launch event, please do not hesitate to get in contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lambeth Palace Library: Treasures from the Collections of the Archbishops of Canterbury (Great Libraries of the World) by Richard Palmer (Author, Editor), Michelle P. Brown (Editor)
Published in 2010 by Scala Publishers Ltd