The rare and antiquarian book trade is an unknown to many people, and yet is populated by serious-minded bibliophiles who are keen to share their knowledge and resources as well as their wares. It is a generous world that is there to be used.

In this “introduction to the modern rare book trade”, two practitioners, one historically (but not exclusively) focussed on twentieth-century English books and the other on early modern continental books, will discuss: trade vocabulary; trends and ideas of collectability; provenance; diversity and inclusion; techniques of research in the trade (including trade bibliography); how marks of ownership change “the meaning of the book”; and fakes and frauds. We will have guest speakers and site visits, and during the week will tailor the course to the specific interests of attendees. 

The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in old and rare books, including collectors, bibliophiles, librarians, students and researchers, and general enthusiasts, as well as those who are newly working in the trade or who are seeking careers in the book world. 

Additional Information


This course will take place in Senate House.

Course Tutors

Leo Cadogan

Leo Cadogan has been an antiquarian bookseller since 1997.