by Mark Benjamin of Bennor Books
I specialize in books on the North East of England and the Anglo-Scottish Borders. This was a follow-on from my previous life as a local history librarian with Northumberland’s county library service. However, as I sell on commission, I am very dependent upon what clients bring to me to sell. As my specialism is somewhat niche, for this fair I am offering titles on a selection of subjects, only some of which fall within my claimed specialization!
The collection is particularly strong on books for the armchair fisher, ranging from an 18th Century edition of Isaak Walton’s Complete Angler to a beautifully-bound set of an Edwardian-period guide to the salmon and trout rivers of England & Wales.
In these Covid-restricted times, there is nothing to stop virtual traveling, and with this in mind, I have some historical guides to travel around the UK, the finest of which is possibly The picture of London for 1802; being a correct guide to all the Curiosities, Amusements, Exhibitions, Public establishments, and remarkable.
And I cannot finish without mentioning what is possibly the most niche title I have ever handled, a 16th century guide to collecting coins of the Roman Empire! Published in 1599, it is almost the oldest title I’ve ever had in stock and, I’m sure will be a wonderful addition to any numismatist’s library – as long as they can read Latin!