Camilla Szymanowska, Secretary
Antiquarian Booksellers Association
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The faculty for the 2017 seminar are Anthony Smithson, Sophie Schneideman, Jonathan Kearns, Justin Croft and Simon Beattie. The 2017 Keynote Speaker, Speciality Delear and Guest Speakers can be found on the Guest Speaker page.
Simon Beattie has been in the book trade since 1998. After a dozen years working for Bernard Quaritch and Simon Finch Rare Books, he set up on his own in 2010, specialising in European (cross-) cultural history. His catalogues have won seven design awards on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2011 the ABA described him as ‘a dealer to watch’ and in 2012 he was included among the winners of the Smarta 100 Awards for ‘the most resourceful, original, exciting small businesses in the UK’.
Justin Croft has worked in the antiquarian book trade for over 20 years and has traded independently since 2005. He holds a PhD from the University of Kent and is a contributor to the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.
Adam Douglas started bookselling in 1988 with Simon Finch, after reading English Literature at Bristol University. In 2005 he joined Peter Harrington, where he is now a partner and senior specialist in English literature and early books. Adam also specialises in law, philosophy, the history of ideas and is responsible for training new cataloguers. He has also taught an MA course in screenwriting, and is the author of The Beast Within, a cultural study of the werewolf myth.
Jonathan Kearns is a 19th and 20th century literature enthusiast with an obsession bordering on the indecent for anything weird, speculative or unusual. A bookseller for almost 18 years, he started out working on Charing Cross Road. He recently left Adrian Harrington Rare Books to work for himself as Jonathan Kearns Rare Books & Curiosities. He runs the Bibliodeviancy book blog and is a director of YABS.
Tim Pye is Libraries Curator for the National Trust. As the Trust's authority on its curatorship of its historic collections Tim develops exhibitions, researches new techniques and technologies for making the Trust's libraries accessible and oversees the Trusts cataloguing and conservation programmes. Formerly at the British Library as Curator of Printed Literary Sources 1501-1800 Tim has also previously worked at Lambeth Palace Library and Cambridge University Library. Working in these major institutions, together with his MA Library Studies at UCL, has fostered Tim’s knowledge of historical bibliography and his particular interest in the history of book collecting.
Sophie Schneideman has been an antiquarian bookdealer for 23 years. Following a long apprenticeship at Maggs Bros she now runs her own business in London specialising in Private Press and illustrated books, fine bindings, artists’ books, manuscripts and prints.
Anthony Smithson opened his first bookshop in 1991 at the age of 19. He learned the book trade from the ground up, selling at book fairs in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Anthony is a long-standing member of the PBFA and joined the ABA in 2012. In 2014 he was elected to the Council of the ABA and also sits on the board of the ABA Educational Trust. He is a twice graduate of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar and since 2006 he has run the Keel Row Bookshop (near Newcastle Upon Tyne). He is the founder of YABS and its joint director.