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ABA, Institute of English Studies (London University), Rare Book Society
University of London’s Senate House
Malet Street
London
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The seminar will address a collecting conundrum. Sales of the most popular novels in the Victorian era were in the tens, even hundreds, of thousands. Booksellers have often dismissed these books as unsaleable ‘dogs’ – but they were the popular sensations of the age, the epitome of taste and fashion. How does the 21st century collector decide what to buy and what to ditch?

This seminar will be given by Brian Lake of Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers. Jarndyce was founded in 1969 and is well known for the strength and depth of its stock, reflected in an impressive series of catalogues. Recent topics have included Charles Dickens, 19th Century Books and Pamphlets, London, Women Writers, Chapbooks and Broadsides.

The seminars on various aspects of book collecting are held regularly on the second Tuesday of each month of the academic year at the University of London’s Senate House in central London. Organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society, the speakers are all drawn from among the leading booksellers, academics, historians and collectors. The seminars are aimed at a broad audience including bookcollectors, antiquarian booksellers, historians, librarians, and anyone with an interest in collecting.