Posted on 3rd January 2023 by simonbeattie

Happy New Year! And apologies for the lack of blogposts recently. I’ve been thinking back over the year, and one particular highlight was going to Northfield in Minnesota for the Antiquarian Book Seminar. I always enjoy being able to talk to people about bookselling. One thing which is often stressed at such events (likewise at YABS here in the UK) is the importance of having a good reference library. ‘Oh, but surely everything is online?’ Well, to a certain extent, many sources of information used by booksellers are. But much specialised bibliographical information is not, and so booksellers work regularly with reference books; having those books to hand (the shelves pictured above are directly behind my desk) means one work quickly when considering whether to buy a book, or writing a catalogue description. But which books should one have? All booksellers are different, but I thought it may be of interest to people to see which books I have on my shelves here, and what I think of them. So, over the coming weeks, I thought I would share details of my reference library on social media. If you don’t already follow me, you can do so on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I look forward to sharing some books there with you.

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