Local photographer and bibliophile will speak about book collecting. 

 Image credit: Joe Mehling
Jon Gilbert Fox, photographer, and bibliophile since birth, will present a talk on book collecting from a very personal perspective, while giving lessons on what to look for, how to identify first editions and rarities, what to avoid, and will share adventures in the jungle and jumble of books, as well as unique encounters with their authors. He’ll also explain what is meant by “association copies” and present some interesting examples. And, you might even hear about how he found out one of his volumes turned out to be best copy of that book in the world.

When he hasn’t been scouring bookstores, as well as book and yard sales, Fox has been working as a freelance photographer for a half century. He was a mainstay at Vermont Life for decades, a stringer for the New York Times, the primary theater and dance photographer in Washington, D.C., whose work has been published throughout the world and graced the walls of many U.S. galleries. His photography has illustrated numerous book covers and been published in more than a dozen books, including three that showcase his own photography, including Ernest Hebert’s first book of essays, “New Hampshire Patterns”.

While on assignment, anywhere in the world, Jon Gilbert Fox has made sure to stop and look for books between whatever points A and B he finds himself. Please join him as he recounts his excursions though this world of books and the origins of his obsession.

(You'll also hear the story behind this photograph of President Clinton.)