POM HARRINGTON

PETER HARRINGTON RARE BOOKS

Category
Antiquities & Collectibles
Company Size
Boutique

Even after half a century 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. And this can be the most difficult aspect of the job, he tells Spear’s: ‘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 seen as assets – attracting the likes of doctors, lawyers, hedge fund managers and rock stars – Harrington also believes that the value of these objects is fundamentally personal.

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