Bibliophile Anthony Hobson dies
Former head of books at Sotheby's London was a leading expert in bookbinding
By Anny Shaw. Web only
Published online: 21 July 2014
The scholar Anthony Hobson, who was the head of Sotheby's London book department for more than 20 years, died on Saturday 12 July. A specialist in the history of bookbinding, which is known for its lack of scholarship, Hobson published several major books in the field. These included French and Italian Collectors and Their Bindings, 1953, published as a Roxburghe Club book, Apollo and Pegasus, 1975, and Humanists and Bookbinders, 1989.
Hobson, who was well into his 90s when he died, succeeded his father, G.D. Hobson, who was also a historian of bookbinding. Anthony Hobson held posts at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Pennsylvania, and was a senior fellow of the British Academy. He was honoured by the Bibliographical Society for his services to bibliography.
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