How To Build A Valuable Rare Book Collection: A Seminar
Learn how to get started in book collecting and build a distinctive library with unique insights from the Founder of the Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora
About this Event
In this 90-minute seminar, I'll teach you the secrets of successful book collecting so that you'll be able to develop a unique and valuable collection that stands the test of time.
We'll begin with a discussion of what book collecting is, and why it's a rewarding and potentially lucrative practice, before going into the details of what to collect and how - where to look, how to assess a book's condition, and what to pay, ending with how best to display, preserve, and continually enhance your collection.
At the end of this class, you'll be equipped with all the knowledge and inspiration you need to start building your own collection, one rare book at a time.
- How to decide what to collect
- Where to source books
- Budget: How to set it, keep within it, and know when to blow it!
- The language of collecting
- Who ascribes value?
Whether you're a lifelong bookworm or you simply recognise the investment potential of book collecting, join us for this unique seminar on getting started in collecting.
About your host
SYLVIA ARTHUR is the Founder of the Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD), a library, archive, and museum dedicated to the work of African and Diaspora writers from the late 19th-century to the present day.
LOATAD's expansive collection includes +/- 4000 books by, and ephemera from, writers from 41 of Africa’s 54 countries and Black authors from the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe.
LOATAD has been featured on BBC News, France 24, Al Jazeera, SABC News, Business Insider, and in Le Monde, which described LOATAD as "a magnificent library." The BBC called LOATAD "a rich repository for present and future generations" while SABC News lauded it as a “collection of rarity.”
Sylvia started LOATAD (formerly Libreria Ghana) in 2017 with 1,300 of her own books. Since then, she has built and curated six libraries from scratch, including school, community and corporate libraries.
She is a Corporate Communications Consultant and Narrative Nonfiction Writer whose work has appeared in Lit Hub, The Guardian, The British Journalism Review and on the BBC website.
She has been collecting for over 20 years and her private collection contains many signed and First Editions, and a variety of literary ephemera.