Batsford exhibition opens in Holborn

News - Books Monday, 08 April 2019

Follows publisher's 175th birthday celebrations last year


An exhibition marking - albeit a year late - the 175th birthday of Batsford opens at Holborn Library today, and runs until 28 June. Bradley Thomas Batsford began trading from his bookshop on High Holborn in 1843. Batsford is now an imprint of Pavilion.

The exhibition features books by, among others, Gertrude Stein, Cecil Beaton, Stevie Smith, John Betjeman, John Piper, and Constance Howard, running up until the present day and Millie Marotta's number 1 bestseller Animal Kingdom. There are also books from the Batsford Heritage series, with cover designs by Brian Cook. Other publishing areas featured include architecture, art, textiles, craft and fashion.

Tina Persaud, publishing director, said: "As publisher, it's a pleasure to be able to work on such an illustrious and fascinating list, and heartening that so many areas of publishing that started in the 19th century - art, textiles, chess and heritage - are still some of our strongest areas now. It's a list that continue to inspire, and we're delighted to republish some of the best 1930s titles with the iconic Brian Cook covers for today’s readers: Sussex, Kent & Surrey 1939 this spring, and The Sprit of London and The Cathedrals of England next summer."

Entry to the exhibition is free.

Illustration by Brian Cook, from the Batsford Heritage series

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