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Batsford: 175 Years of a Bloomsbury Publisher – extended

We’re very pleased to confirm that the exhibition Batsford: 175 Years of a Bloomsbury Publisher has been extended until Monday 5th August.

The story of Batsford began when Bradley Thomas Batsford opened the doors to his bookshop on High Holborn in 1843. Before the end of the century, Batsford had established itself as the publisher of specialist non-fiction books for the general reader for which it is still known.

This exhibition tells the Batsford story, with highs and lows, through a selection of books and archive materials from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. From the first publication released under the Batsford imprint in 1874 to recent bestsellers, along with volumes by Gertrude Stein, Cecil Beaton, Stevie Smith, John Betjeman, John Piper, Constance Howard and many more. Books from the much-loved and highly collectable Batsford Heritage Series are on display, instantly recognisable through Brian Cook’s iconic cover designs. Other key publishing areas are also explored including architecture, art, textiles, craft and fashion.

Today, Batsford is an award-winning and thriving imprint of independent publisher Pavilion Books, based just a ten-minute walk from Batsford’s original location on High Holborn.

An exhibition at:

Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre
2nd Floor, Holborn Library
32–38 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8PA

Until 5th August 2019

Monday–Tuesday 10am–6pm
Thursday 10am–7pm
Friday 10am–5pm
Alternate Saturdays 11am–5pm (6th July, 20th July, 3rd August)