POM HARRINGTON

PETER HARRINGTON RARE BOOKS

Category
Collectibles
Company Size
Boutique

Even after half a century of experience in the rare books trade — Pom Harrington is a second generation owner of the Peter Harrington Mayfair bookshop — a dealer learns new things every day. This can be the most difficult aspect of the job: ‘Unless you have looked at lots of things you wouldn’t know when the really special copy comes around.’ Harrington takes pride in the discovery of a first edition of Frankenstein inscribed by Mary Shelley to Lord Byron, which sold for £350,000. Although books are increasingly being regarded as assets — attracting the likes of doctors, lawyers, hedge fund managers and rock stars — Harrington believes that the value of these objects is fundamentally personal.

Pom Harrington