Obituaries News Books United Kingdom

Bibliophile Anthony Hobson dies

Former head of books at Sotheby's London was a leading expert in bookbinding

Hobson was honoured by the Bibliographical Society for his services to bibliography

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.

More from The Art Newspaper


Submit a comment

All comments are moderated. If you would like your comment to be approved, please use your real name, not a pseudonym. We ask for your email address in case we wish to contact you - it will not be made public and we do not use it for any other purpose.


Want to write a longer comment to this article? Email


Share this