A set of rare antique books is among the treasures found at a current exhibition at the City Bookshop in Norwich.
The private collection totals around 1,000 books, some valued at several hundred pounds. David Clarke, the owner of the store, explains that the collection formerly belonged to a well-known historian, who has produced a number of papers on the Great War, including the Battle of Passchendaele and the Battle of the Somme.
Among the items at the exhibition are medals, official records, biographies and reminiscences. Many of the books were written during the 1920s. One collection includes 26 volumes, and was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. According to Clarke, the exhibition took around five months to plan and organise, from the valuation and collection of the books, to pricing them up.
Clarke bought the store in 2010, holding specialist book sales on a regular basis. A team of booksellers works at the shop, all of whom have had their own book stores or worked for prominent book store chains. Clarke is also a member of the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association, and was recently invited to join the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.
Books like this would benefit from being displayed in an antique cabinet or bookcase from a similar period. Many antique dealers belong to professional bodies and are able to provide knowledge of the item a collector is interested in, helping interested parties to find the ideal piece to suit their home.
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