Academia & Science
Japan Room Lecture: A Glimpse into East-West Relations in the Antiquarian Book Trade
28 May 2019
Lodge Room No 11, The Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ
020 7935 0475
Guest Speakers: Christopher Sokol from Sokol Books
Sokol Books has a history with Japan going back some forty years and this has been at times exciting, frustrating but always enjoyable. Japan is a unique, challenging but serious market in the book trade and our guest speaker will enlighten us about this both generally and from personal experience. The lecture will commence with a brief history of East-West book relations, which has existed much longer than one may think. Next, the speaker will touch upon the present-day situation, in terms of both East-West and West-East as well as a quick glance at what the future may hold in this eclectic arena. Finally, a couple of items will be presented for the enjoyment of all attendees as we move to present the publication of the host’s first book of a series of ten books planned, The Sphinxing Rabbit: Her Sovereign Majesty.
Christopher Sokol is the Founder & Proprietor of Sokol Books Ltd. For four decades, Sokol Books has delighted collectors of rare and prized items specialising in early books and manuscripts (roughly pre-1650). They have customers all over the world, including Japan and they exhibit at many international book fairs, including sometimes Tokyo. Sokol Books has retail outlets at their Chelsea shop and the World Antiquarian Book Plaza in Tokyo.
Please let us know if you would like to take an optional tour of the Freemasons’ Hall at 5.15 for 5.30pm.
Host: Pauline Chakmakjian, Visit Kyoto Ambassador.
Free for Japan Society members
Booking essential: Please book online here
Booking deadline: Friday 24 May
To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996, email email@example.com or submit the online booking form.
In association with The Japan Room: www.thejapanroom.org.uk