The USTC Team at the ABA: Arthur der Weduwen, Andrew Pettegree and Jessica Dalton
This year the USTC was for the first time represented at the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) Summer Fair. The three day fair, held for the first time at the Battersea Evolution in London, was attended by 185 rare book dealers from around the world, exhibiting stock ranging from incunabula to the archive of the actor Alan Rickman. The St Andrews team, represented by Andrew Pettegree, Jessica Dalton and Arthur der Weduwen, offered demonstrations of the USTC and an introduction to our programme with libraries, Preserving the World’s Rarest Books. In navigating the fair, we benefited greatly from the industry expertise of Jessica Dalton, who worked for several years in the trade before embarking on her PhD, and was able to introduce us to many acquaintances and former colleagues among the dealers. Many dropped by our stall, and it became clear that the USTC is now routinely used in the trade. We also disposed of over three hundred copies of our special ABA newsletter. The one book we took with us to the exhibition, the oldest book advertised in a newspaper (1620), attracted a great deal of interest, and we had many interesting conversations with dealers and collectors, both at the Fair, and at the Grolier Club reception, generously hosted by the Athenaeum. We also had a number of conversations with librarians who may be interested in joining Preserving the World’s Rarest Books.
You will be able to meet the USTC team again at the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) Fair in York, Britain’s largest antiquarian book fair, on 15-16 September 2018. We will also return to the ABA in Battersea next year, 30 May-2 June 2019.