Any resemblance between the Jonathan Kearns described in this blog post from the immensely kind Laurence Worms, and the one that runs this blog is purely coincidental and caused by swamp gas reflecting off a weather balloon…
A new verb for us to contemplate this week: to antiquate, describing whatever it is we think antiquarian booksellers actually do (or perhaps merely the process by which we become antiquated – if this is not in fact the same thing). Inspired by the Antiquates Ltd. trading name of young Tom Lintern-Mole, the latest recruit to membership of the ABA. I took it to be a noun of some sort, but he prefers to think of it as a verb.
It’s what he does: he antiquates – and he does it very, very, well. I was completely charmed by his offbeat, quirky and idiosyncratic selection of stock when I encountered him up at the PBFA York National Book Fair last weekend: books unusual, books interesting and books important. A definite bias towards early printing and the genuinely antiquarian, but with forays elsewhere.
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