Stuart Bennett is an antiquarian bookseller in Belmont, MA, a recent president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, and a former Christie’s auctioneer. His publications include Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles (2004), and two novels, The Perfect Visit (2011) and Lord Moira’s Echo (2013), the latter drawing on correspondence cited in this article.
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