Writer and collector William Beckford (1760-1844) moved to Bath in 1822 and created a mile-long landscape at the top of which was built the 120ft high Beckford’s Tower. The tower was his study retreat, where he could withdraw from the city, work on his writings and contemplate the surrounding landscape. It also housed part of his impressive library of rare volumes and valuable bindings.
The visit will begin with a welcome from the Lord Lyon King
of Arms and the Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records. The Lord Lyon will then
give a presentation on the history and work of the Court and an introduction to
Heraldry in Scotland, which is carefully regulated by the Court.
Bernard Quaritch began selling rare books and manuscripts in
1847. On his death in 1899 The Times wrote “it would
scarcely be rash to say that Quaritch was the greatest bookseller who ever lived.” In May 2019, 200 years
after the founder’s birth, Quaritch moved to new premises in Bedford Row,