John R Abbey - Horsham's Greatest Book Collector

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Born in Brighton, long term resident of Storrington, Major John Roland Abbey developed a passion for books. His interest was in the physical object, the print, the colour pictures, how they were bound, their history and who owned them; everything, it would seem, bar the content. For Major Abbey, one of the world’s greatest book collectors, was dyslexic and could hardly write a sentence, though a Director of Kemp Town Brewery in Brighton. That didn’t stop him indulging in his passion and building up, at Greyfriars in Storrington, book collections that were internationally known. Now marking the 50th anniversary of his death on Christmas Eve 1969, Horsham Museum and Art Gallery are staging a display that explores this fascinating collector.

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Horsham Museum

9 Causeway



RH12 1HE


10th Jan 2020 10:00 am - 28th Mar 2020 5:00 pm



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