It seems book catalogues are on my mind at the moment. This is a selection of the catalogues issued over many years by G(eorge) F. Sims, (1923-1999), who was perhaps the most important bookseller of the twentieth century for those people interested in the kind of books that interest me.
There is an excellent obituary to be read on the website of The Independent. As well as bookseller Sims was also a novelist, poet and memoir-ist and was unusually well-received as such for a member of the book trade who more normally fail badly when they enter the business of actually trying to write the things instead of just sell them.
For me though, the catalogues are the legacy. I know of only one person with a complete set of all 107 (plus some 'unpublished' odds and sods) but it's an idle dream that I might one day be able to put together a 'set' myself. If anyone reading this has any, particularly earlier ones, that they would like to move on then please do be in touch.
PS. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your kind responses to the last post about our upcoming civil partnership ceremony. We have been very touched by all the messages of support and good wishes received here, by email and in person: much more than we expected certainly. When we toast to 'absent friends' please be assured that you will all be in our minds.