The York Antiquarian Book Seminar
If you want to learn more about the rare book industry, applications are still open for the York Antiquarian Book Seminar (YABS), which will run from October 31 to November 3, 2022.
YABS was established by Alice Laverty and Anthony Smithson of Keel Row Books in North Shields in 2014 as a European sister seminar to the long-running Antiquarian Book Seminars previously held in Colorado and now based in Minnesota. It is co-organized with the Association of Old Booksellers.
For three and a half days in central York, experienced collectors, booksellers and librarians organize a series of lectures, demonstrations, workshops and tours on all aspects of the trade. People of all levels are welcome, from beginners to the most experienced. As well as help with practical questions, it’s also a great networking opportunity. Places are limited although there is also a waiting list option. (Here is a participant report from 2017.)
This year’s keynote speaker will be Joan Winterkorn, former appraisals manager at Bernard Quaritch, and among the topics covered in the sessions will be: postage, packaging, presentation and export licensing; bibliographic description; sell to institutional libraries; cataloging of ephemera and archives; book fairs; and running an open store.
The fee for the 2022 seminar is £550 ($660), which includes all events plus course materials, lunch and a final night’s dinner, but not accommodation. YABS participants also receive special offers related to running a book selling business. There are various scholarships available for people to attend for free, including one offered by Abebooks with a closing date of August 15th.
Beginning this year, the seminar will be run by the ABA’s charitable arm, the ABA Educational Trust, with support from the ABA Office’s Events Management. Looking back over the past seven years, bookseller Alice Laverty said: “We have had over 200 students throughout the course, and each year the feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive. It is a special event, based on the sharing of knowledge within the profession. We are proud of what we have accomplished on behalf of our students and are ready to pass it on to new organizers. »