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Foreword by Eileen Traub.

The collection represented in this catalogue was gathered with enthusiasm and dedication over four decades and began with inspiration from my college professor, mentor and kindred-spirited friend, Dr. Robin Johnson, who taught at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Johnson (who shared a birthday with Virginia Woolf) exuded a pure delight in Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group that quickly engrossed me in all things Bloomsbury.

In the mid-1970’s, Dr. Johnson and I co-led a field study group through UCLA Extension to England. From Bloomsbury to St. Ives, we explored and discovered. My husband, Lester, joined our group and together he & I began our collection. Quite by chance, we walked into the booksellers, G. Heywood Hill and encountered John Saumarez Smith who was not only extremely well informed, but also most gracious. We purchased our first volumes there and our collection was launched. Mr. Saumarez Smith would frequently send us volumes we were seeking and I must note that I would often
open our mailbox to find an unexpected treasure awaiting us.

At some point along the way, we decided to collect the complete Hogarth Press handprinted works. This was prior to the internet and searching out titles could and did take years. It was an engaging hunt and, ultimately, most satisfyingly successful.

The collection includes books, letters, inscribed and association copies, rare titles and annotated works. Many volumes have been loaned to exhibitions at such institutions as the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California, The Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut and Victoria University Library, Toronto.

Love of the literature led to a passion for book collecting and it was, indeed, a joyous adventure for both of us.

Eileen Traub
January 2017

Please click here to download this catalogue in pdf format.

Saturday, 15 August 2015 16:43

Rare Books, Manuscripts and Archives

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The contents of my current catalogue are the best guide to my specialist areas within literature in English of the late-19th and 20th centuries but – at the inevitable risk of erring on the side of exclusion – some of them are: Modernism (especially T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and Ezra Pound), the Bloomsbury Group, Irish literature, poetry (especially World War I, Philip Larkin, W.H. AudenJohn Betjeman and Ted Hughes), Joseph Conrad, Evelyn Waugh and his circle, Graham Greene, Oscar Wilde and the 1890s, George Orwell, theatre.

Signed, inscribed and association copies, rarities and letters within each of these areas are a particular interest.

As the co-author of “William Golding: A Bibliography 1934-1993” (André Deutsch, 1994), I am always interested to hear of interesting possible additions (or corrections).

Online Stock:

I occasionally place selected items with the specialist online marketplace for rare books, Abe Books.
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Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:05

Rare Books - Manuscripts - Archives

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I have been dealing professionally in rare books, manuscripts, archives and – for want of a better phrase - literary art for over 25 years and am proud to be a member of both the Antiquarian Booksellers Association and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

My speciality is in late-19th and 20th century literature in English – Oscar Wilde-and-after sums it up – with a particular interest in Modernism. I have a wealth of experience in collection development for private individuals including - when the time comes – dispersal. I work closely with many Special Collections librarians around the world on the acquisition of material ranging from single letters to complete authors’ archives and also offer an appraisal service.

I exhibit at three or four major rare book fairs per year, details of which are posted at the bottom of this page once they have been confirmed.

Enquiries are always welcome from private collectors at every level – both buyers and sellers – who are in need of honest advice, encouragement or consolation and from libraries and other institutional repositories. Please see contact details below.


I also carry a fairly substantial selection of stock with Abe Books, which can be purchased direct.

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