In Pursuit of the Serious Collector

- by Bruce E. McKinney

Sophie

Sophie Schneideman of London - travelling the globe in pursuit of the new collector

At the book fairs on the American West Coast this past month the English were out in force.  Other European countries were represented but the English presence was exceptional.  It seems the country that pioneered the global economy in the 19th century, is updating the export story in the 21st.  At the Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair in San Francisco eight English dealers participated.  At the ABAA fair in Pasadena a week later thirty-two UK dealers displayed.  The brief explanation – “this is a very good way to meet new clients and in the new economy we find serious clients live almost everywhere.”  Add to this the American fascination with all things British and European and the logic of participation becomes clear.

Those exhibiting at the San Francisco fair:

Any Amount of Books

London

Frances Edwards

Hay on Wye, Hereford

Paul Foster

London

Robert Frew Ltd

London

Peter Harrington Antiquarian Books

London

Lucius Books

York

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books

London

Unsworth’s Antiquarian Books

London

Those exhibiting at the ABAA Pasadena fair:

Simon Beattie

Blackwell’s rare Books

Bow Windows Book shop

Pablo Bucher

Leo Cadogen Rare Books Limited

Deborah Coltham Rare Books

Daniel Crouch Rare Books LLP

Christopher Edwards

Francis Edwards Booksellers

Paul Foster Books

Robert Frew Ltd.

R. A. Gekoski Bookseller

Adrian Harrington Rare Books

Peter Harrington Antiquarian Bookseller

Howes Bookshop

Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers

Jonkers Rare Books

Lucius Books

Maggs Bros. Ltd

Marlborough Rare Books Ltd.

David Miles Books

Pickering & Chatto

John Price Antiquarian Books

Bernard Quarich

Reg & Philip Remington

Sangorski and Sutcliffe

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books

Sims Reed Ltd.

Sokol Books Ltd.

Benjamin Spademan

Upsworth’s Booksellers

W. P. Watson Antiquarian Books