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The Book Collector Changes Hands

After five decades at the helm of The Book Collector, the only journal in the world that deals with all aspects of book collecting, Nicolas Barker has sold his interest to James Fleming, the nephew of the man who launched the periodical: Ian Fleming.  

Antiques News & Fairs - The Book Collector Changes Hands

The Book Collector has spanned the fellowship of bibliophiles for 65 years. Published quarterly, it is known for printing notoriously independent opinions on subjects that range from manuscript studies to national heritage policy, from medieval libraries to modern first editions. It has featured articles on 'Stoning Charlotte Brontë', Eric Gill, W.G. Sebald, Chapbooks in Nigeria, the Hollidays' bookshop in New York, Patrick O'Brian's pen-knife and Kenneth Williams's handwriting. 

The periodical has been redesigned, and it will be accompanied by a new website with digital access to all back numbers as printed with improved indexes. It will also provide 65 years of auction room sales indexed by author, title, subject and collection with observations and remarks.

Ian Fleming launched the Journal in 1952, the year he wrote Casino Royale, and its then editor was John Hayward, the friend and muse of T. S. Eliot

Today, it continues to attract contributors whose aim is to share their passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of books.

The Spring 2017 issue celebrated Ian's life as a bibliophile, and was a fascinating read for collectors and Fleming fans alike. The articles within it are to be cast separately in Monotype – as they were in Ian’s time - and made available as a limited edition.

James Fergusson, previously the deputy editor, now assumes the role of editor, and James Fleming will be assisted by his brother Fergus in the running of the journal.

For more information, visit The Book Collector.

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