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Ephemera Society Fairs 2019

Sunday · 1 December

2019 ephemera fair dates

A window into the past for both the curious and the collector — find rare, unusual and historic paper items, priced from £2 to over £2000. A huge range of ephemera will be on display. The fairs will be on for one day only so make a note in your diary now, we look forward to seeing you there!

Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
Coram Street
London WC1N 1HT
United Kingdom

Entry £3 · 11am - 4pm · All welcome
Members from 10am with membership cards

Interested in booking a table for the fair? Reserve your space - download the booking form

For more details call 01923 829079 or email

Join us! The Ephemera Society is always pleased to welcome new members. Payment can now be made online via PayPal.

 

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Bloomsbury Ephemera, Postcard & Book Fair

25 August 2019 · 9.30am - 3pm

The fair will include all of the following: books, ephemera, maps, prints, posters, postcards, photographs and many unusual printed items across the whole of the Galleon Suite.

  • Royal National Hotel
  • Bedford Way
  • London WC1H 0DG
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Cut and Paste: 400 years of Collage

Until 27 October 2019

Victorian scrap book page Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage is the first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place anywhere in the world. Collage is often described as a twentieth-century invention, but this show spans a period of more than 400 years and includes more than 250 works.

A huge range of approaches is on show, from sixteenth-century anatomical ‘flap prints’, to computer-based images; work by amateur, professional and unknown artists; collages by children and revolutionary cubist masterpieces by Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris; from nineteenth century do-it-yourself collage kits to collage films of the 1960s.

Highlights include a three-metre-long folding collage screen, purportedly made in part by Charles Dickens; a major group of Dada and Surrealist collages, by artists such as Kurt Schwitters, Joan Miró, Hannah Höch and Max Ernst; and major postwar works by Henri Matisse, Robert Rauschenberg, and Peter Blake, including the only surviving original source photographs for Blake’s and Jann Haworth's iconic, collaged cover for the Beatles’ album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Owing to the fragility of much of the work, the exhibition will not tour: it can only be seen at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.

  • Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art (Modern Two)
  • 75 Belford Road
  • Edinburgh EH4 3DR
  • UK
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  • Image: Baby, c.1890, Collage on paper, England and Co, London. Anonymous.

 

York National Book Fair 2019

13-14 September

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Britain’s Largest Rare & Antiquarian Book Fair returns to York this September.

York’s annual showcase of books, maps, ephemera and prints from sellers across the UK and beyond, will be taking place at the Knavesmire Suite, York Racecourse. Held over two days, around 220 of this country's leading booksellers offer for sale an awe-inspiring diversity of books, as well as maps & prints, ranging in price from just a few pounds up to tens of thousands of pounds.

There will also be a range of trade stands selling marbled papers, binding materials. Providers of services to the book trade including software and packaging material suppliers will also be present.

 

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1-2 November 2019

The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair is returning to the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall for the 29th edition on 1st and 2nd November 2019.

With more than 80 exhibitors specialising in all type of books, manuscripts, maps, prints, and ephemera, this is the perfect opportunity to find that special Christmas gift or add something wonderful to your own collection.

  • Chelsea Old Town Hall
  • London SW3 5EE
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The People of Print: printers, stationers, and booksellers 1500-1830

12-14 September 2019 · Sheffield Hallam University

The old time printer

This interdisciplinary conference re-evaluates the roles of booktrades peronnel, and explores directions for future research. It draws together book history, printing history, reading history, and literary studies.

Whether we view them as tastemakers, ideological brokers, or entrepreneurial opportunists, the personnel of the book trade undeniably shaped the book cultures of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. While capital, technology, and markets are all powerful factors in the trade’s development, its people are its most significant agents. Current research across periods is demonstrating the creative agency of book trade personnel, and the extent of their cultural and political engagement.

Featuring keynote lectures by Professor Lisa Maruca, Wayne State University and Professor James Raven, University of Cambridge.

For registration & further conference information visit the conference website.

 

325 years, 325 objects

Until 15 June 2020

An exhibition celebrating the Bank of England’s 325th anniversary through 325 objects featuring some notable ephemera.

Counterfeit bank note from 1857.

From Roman relics to a nuclear fall-out calculator from the Cold War, the exhibition features a variety of fascinating artefacts to celebrate the Bank's 325th anniversary, the objects explore how money and the way we pay for things has transformed since the Bank of England was established in 1694.

  • Bank of England Museum
  • Bartholomew Lane
  • London EC2R 8AH
  • UK
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  • Image: Counterfeit bank note from 1857. © 2019 Bank of England

 

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Until 24 November 2019

This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as 'Official War Poster Artist' during the Second World War. Always direct, and occasionally controversial, Games's wartime posters have left a legacy that continues to influence the art of persuasion employed by visual designers today.

Inspired by his Jewish heritage, his experiences as a soldier, and the turbulent politics of the time, Games used his talent for visual communication to recruit, educate and influence soldiers and civilians alike.

In helping to transform new conscripts into trained soldiers, encouraging support for the war effort and presenting an idealistic vision of post-war Britain, Games's work offers a fascinating picture of a nation at war.

The art of persuasion examines the techniques Games used to communicate his messages effectively. From stark imagery and visual puns to innovative use of the airbrush, his unique artistic approach changed the face of British graphic design.

The exhibition includes posters from the National Army Museum’s collection alongside objects on loan from the family of Abram Games.

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  • National Army Museum
  • Royal Hospital Road
  • London, SW3 4HT
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