[ilds] Durrell's Introduction at 1962 London International Antiquarian Book Fair

Charles Sligh Charles-Sligh at utc.edu
Tue Jun 1 06:03:53 PDT 2010


*History of the London International Antiquarian Book Fair - Founded in 
1958*
> Openers; the famous, the controversial, and the glamorous, were always 
> an important part of this and the fair has been opened by such diverse 
> people as Mrs. Harold Wilson, Lady Antonia Fraser, Tom Stoppard, Ted 
> Heath, Barry Humphries, The Earl of Drogheda, David Bellamy and 
> Princess Margaret. The openers have often, but not invariably, 
> contributed an introduction to the fair brochure. *Other introductions 
> were written by literary figures such as* John Betjeman, *Lawrence 
> Durrell*, Sacheverell Sitwell and John Arlott and these ephemeral 
> pieces have been eagerly sought by the ‘completist’ collector. *In the 
> case of Lawrence Durrell who contributed to the Fifth Fair (1962) 
> there was even a signed edition, limited I seem to remember to five 
> copies. One of these was auctioned at the fair, making £100 for charity.*
http://www.ilab.org/eng/documentation/241-history_of_the_london_international_antiquarian_book_fair_-_founded_in_1958.html

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Charles L. Sligh
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
charles-sligh at utc.edu
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