part of our site is primarily for the benefit of members
and may one day become
a password-protected area. We considered making the Directory of Members available online,
so that it would be up to date, but many members do not have access to the internet.
A Members Handbook dated
January 2016 was sent to members with our Autumn 2015 journal.
Auction 98 is open for bidding. Bids need to be received by Friday, 21 April 2023. The results will
be posted here on the following day. Click here on
Auction 98 List (PDF) for the listing, presale estimates and instructions specific to this sale.
Links to the images are given below:
Auction 97 was intended to take place as a meeting in person on 3 December 2022. Travel absences, illness and computer
failure all conspired to make this impossible. This auction was therefore retimed to end at 3pm on 21 January 2023.
Provisional results are given at Auction 97 Results (PDF).
Nine sets of images display the items that remain available for sale (please note
that there may be a delay in removing images of bookplates that have recently been sold).
Click here on Auction 97 List (PDF) for the listing and presale estimates. Links to the images are given below:
Meeting in person on Saturday, 1 October 2022 was made impossible by a train strike, so we ran the auction entirely by post/email.
Click here for Results and Lots remaining available for sale (PDF).
Click here on Auction 96 List (PDF) for the listing and presale estimates.
Links to the images are shown below. When viewing these images by computer, you may find it useful to hold down the Control key and at the same time press on the equals key to enlarge. To reduce, hold down the Control key and tap on the hyphen key. On a mousepad enlarge by drawing two fingers away from each other.
Our Auctions Secretary is Peter McGowan, to whom all auction correspondence should please be sent (address on Contacts page).
We have opened a webpage giving a list of Wants by members.
To get to this, go to the URL box at the top of this page and type Desiderata.htm in place of membersarea.htm
THE JOHN SIMPSON COLLECTION
A former member who died tragically in 2004, John Simpson
was an assiduous collector not only of books on fishing but also of
early bookplates, especially typographic labels, Early Armorials and Jacobean style bookplates. Results of the
auction at Bonhams, New Bond Street on 17 May 2005 are at www.bonhams.com and were included in the Society's
June newsletter. Some 23,000 bookplates sold for £63,000. An offprint of the catalogue was circulated to members, and further copies are available for purchase
by non-members Click here. John Simpson produced these two bookplates for himself, and they are discussed in our Autumn 2012
journal. From time to time the Society has a few prints available, at £6 each (post free to UK).