In October, I took my first trip to the United Kingdom to explore the world of antiquarian books, libraries, and book history. Choosing a hotel across the street from the British Library in London was a good starting point. From there we were able to either walk to the neighborhoods with book shops we wanted to explore, or hop on the underground.
To start our book world exploration, Anthony Davis, solicitor, scholar of distinction, and bibliophile, provided us with two, half-day private tours around specific areas of London, such as Bloomsbury, that were rich in history related to literature and books. Mr. Davis ended one of the tours at the doorsteps of Maggs Bros., an antiquarian bookshop established in 1853, which I will write about separately.
I could not have asked for a more delightful and informative introduction to London. Mr. Davis was a wealth of knowledge. After finding out about my interest in history and bookbinding, he provided even more tailored information and resources for further research. Our tour included visiting the Society of Antiquaries and viewing their library as well as tea in the Athenaeum, a private members’ club founded for those with intellectual interests and distinction in 1824.
If you are a bibliophile visiting London, I highly recommend taking one of Mr. Davis’ tours. We intend to return and take a few more of his private, tailored book tours of the city.