Andrew Nash 

Andrew Nash is Reader in Book History and Deputy Director of the Institute of English Studies. In addition to directing the London Rare Books School, he directs the Masters programme in the History of the Book as well as the Institute’s postgraduate research programme.

He specialises in the history of the book in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially authorship and publishing, and he has recently co-edited the final volume of the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain. He also has research interests in Scottish literature and in 2017 taught a course on the History of the Book in Scotland at LRBS. In 2019 he taught a new course on Using Publishers’ Archives which included teaching sessions at the British Library and the University of Reading Special Collections.

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Course Convenors and Tutors

Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown is Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. She is a Visiting Fellow at St Chad’s College, University of Durham, a Fellow of the Courtauld Institute and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. She was formerly the Curator of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Leeds. She has published, lectured and broadcast widely on the cultural history of the Middle Ages. Her publications include ‘A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600’, ‘Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: a Glossary of Technical Terms’, ‘The Book of Cerne’, ‘The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts’, ‘The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe’, ‘The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Early Medieval World’, ‘The Holkham Bible’ and ‘The Luttrell Psalter’. The exhibitions she has curated include ‘Painted Labyrinth: the World of the Lindisfarne Gospels’ (BL, 2003) and ‘In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000’ (Smithsonian Inst., 2006-7).

Leo Cadogan

Leo Cadogan's interest in rare books began at the end of his degree at Oxford University, when he took a summer job which included dusting the shelves of his college's senior library. He worked afterwards in the English literature department of  Bernard Quaritch Limited and subsequently for the early continental books dealer Christopher Sokol. After an M.A. in Renaissance studies at the Warburg Institute, University of London, he worked for Unsworth's Rare Books, specialists in classics and early printing, managing also a rare books concession at Foyle's bookshop, and continuing graduate studies in medieval and Renaissance legal history. His own business (founded 2007) is focussed on cultural and intellectual history, mostly continental European, pre-1800, with an eye to items that are unusual or iconic. 

Simon Eliot

Simon Eliot is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, and was the founding director of the London Rare Books School. He is co-director of the recently-established research centre – which brings together the work of the IES and the Centre for Publishing at UCL – the Bloomsbury Chapter. He has published on quantitative book history, publishing history, history of lighting, and library history. He is co-editor of the journal Publishing History, and is General Editor of the new four-volume History of Oxford University Press (2013-17). He is currently directing a large-scale project on the communication history of the Ministry of Information 1939-46.

Arnold Hunt


Arnold Hunt teaches early modern history at the University of Cambridge. His publications include The Art of Hearing: English Preachers and their Audiences, 1590-1640 (2010), and his research interests are focused on the history of religion, censorship, the book trade and the history of collecting.

Lise Jaillant

Dr Lise Jaillant is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at Loughborough University. She studied modernist literature in Bloomsbury, at Birkbeck (University of London). After her Master's degree, she went on to do a PhD on the Modern Library series, a cheap series of reprints created in New York in 1917. The Modern Library published all kinds of texts in the interwar period: difficult modernist texts by Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and others - but also detective fiction and novels that we now see as "middlebrow." Her book on the Modern Library series was published by Routledge (paperback edition: 2017). After working on an American publishing enterprise, she turned her attention to the European context. How did publishers in Britain and Continental Europe commercialise modernist literature? This is the subject of her second book Cheap Modernism, published with Edinburgh University Press. Jaillant recently edited a collection of essays, Publishing Modernist Fiction and Poetry (EUP, 2019). Taken together, these three books offer a broad overview of Anglo-American publishers in the early-twentieth-century, and their influence on the diffusion of modern literature.

Cynthia Johnston

Lecturer in Book History and Communications, MA/MRes in the History of the Book Course Tutor at the Institute of English Studies. Cynthia Johnston teaches on the Collectors and Collecting course of the London Rare Books School.

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Giles Mandelbrote

Giles Mandelbrote is the Librarian and Archivist of Lambeth Palace Library (founded 1610). His research interests are mainly concerned with the history of the book trade, book ownership and collecting in early modern Europe. Among his publications are Out of Print & Into Profit: A history of the rare and secondhand book trade in Britain in the 20th century (2006), volume II (1640-1850) of The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland (2006), and Libraries within the Library: The Origins of the British Library's Printed Collections (2009).

Gareth Mills


Gareth Mills is a teacher and book historian interested in the historical role of the avant-garde in the British publishing industry. His PhD thesis, Selling Wyndham Lewis, examined the intersection of cultural and economic notions of value in the interwar London book trade. By examining the financial records of middlebrow publishers in the hardback trade, in particular Chatto and Windus, the thesis contextualised our understanding of the strategic decisions publishers made when publishing modernist authors, and showed empirically how modernist symbolic capital became deeply entangled in commodity processes.  His writing is published in Review of English Studies, Modernism/modernity and MAPP.  He is the editor of the Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies. Upcoming work includes a chapter on the modernist dust jacket with Bloomsbury and an edited critical edition of a work by Wyndham Lewis for Oxford University Press.

Marigold Norbye

After a first degree in Classics, later in life I did a Masters in Medieval Studies and a PhD focussed on fifteenth-century manuscripts.  Since then I have taught part-time at UCL: the Manuscripts and Documents course for MA students in UCL’s History Department, as well as Latin Palaeography and Medieval Latin to undergraduates in the Department of Greek and Latin.  I have been a tutor for Latin Palaeography at IES palaeography winter and summer schools since 2005 and for sessions on the transmission of the Classics at the London Rare Book School (LRBS) since 2008.  I was Academic Coordinator of LIPSS between 2008-2019 and am currently Course Convenor for the Book in the Ancient World course given at the London Rare Books School and the MA in the History of the Book.

Christopher Ohge

Lecturer in Digital Approaches to Literature at the Institute of English Studies. Christopher teaches the Digital Scholarly Editing (Introductory and Advanced) courses on the London Rare Books School.

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Angus O'Neill

Angus O’Neill began dealing in rare books while still at school in the mid-1970s, and has been a full-time antiquarian bookseller since graduating from Cambridge in 1982.

With Philippa and Leo Bernard, he wrote Antiquarian Books: A Companion for Booksellers, Librarians and Collectors (1994, reprinted 1995), and he contributed a chapter to the ABA’s centenary book, Out of Print and Into Profit (2006, reprinted 2007). He has also worked on the catalogue of the Ömer Koç collection of books on Istanbul (Impressions of Istanbul: Voyage to Constantinople), of which the first volume appeared in 2014 and the second in 2020. Despite attempts to specialize in modern literature and the arts, he has bought and sold books on many subjects and in over thirty languages.

Katherine Parker

Dr Katherine Parker (University of Pittsburgh, 2016) specializes in the history of cartography, the history of the book, and the history of Pacific exploration. She is the Research Officer at Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc., the Administrative Editor of the Hakluyt Society, and the Treasurer of the International Society for the History of the Map. Her current book manuscript focuses on the production and dissemination of Pacific geographic knowledge in Europe prior to the voyages of James Cook. 

David Pearson

David Pearson retired from a long professional career in libraries and archives in 2017 and is now concentrating on work as a book historian. He has published extensively on aspects of provenance, private libraries and bookbinding, including the books Provenance Research in Book History (1994, new edition 2019) and English Bookbinding Styles 1450-1800 (2005, reprinted 2014) – widely respected as standard reference works in the fields. He regularly teaches at the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia and was Lyell Reader in Bibliography at Oxford for 2017-18.

Nicholas Pickwoad

Nicholas Pickwoad has a doctorate from Oxford University in English Literature. He trained in bookbinding and book conservation with Roger Powell, and ran his own workshop from 1977 to 1989. He has been Adviser on book conservation to the National Trust of Great Britain since 1978, and was editor of the Paper Conservator.
He taught book conservation at Columbia University Library School in New York from 1989 to 1992 and was Chief Conservator in the Harvard University Library from 1992 to 1995. He is now project leader of the St Catherine’s Monastery Library Project based at the University of the Arts, London and is director of the Ligatus Research Centre, which is dedicated to the history of bookbinding. He gave the 2008 Panizzi Lectures at the British Library, was awarded the 2009 Plowden medal for Conservation and is a Fellow of the IIC and of the Society of Antiquaries. He also teaches courses in the UK, Europe and America on the history of European bookbinding in the era of the hand printing press, and has published widely on the subject. 

Elizabeth Savage

Senior Lecturer and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Book History and Communications at the Institute of English Studies. Elizabeth teaches on the Incunabula: Medieval Printed Material and the Colour Printing 1400-1800 courses of the London Rare Books School.

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Graham Shaw

Graham Shaw is a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He was formerly Head of the Asia, Pacific, and Africa Collections at the British Library. Graham teaches on the History of the Book in India course of the London Rare Books School.