The Canny Collector
By Mark Hill
112 pages, with 25 specially commissioned pen and ink illustrations
Hardback, with dust jacket
192mm x 117mm portrait
Printed on high quality eco-friendly Munken paper
Published: 15th October 2013
A numbered limited edition of only 1,500 copies.
The Canny Collector is the perfect read for every collector, and covers a vast range of topics from what really drives the market today to how to spot the ‘next big thing’, to how to display your collection. You’re sure to find plenty that’s fascinating and helpful, as well as learning something new, regardless of what you love to collect or whether you are, or someone you know is, a new or an experienced collector.
Crammed with practical and useful help and advice, it’s divided up into thoughtful yet easy to read chunks, a little like today’s social media. You’ll find plenty of opinions, hints and tricks of the trade drawn from my personal experience that can’t be found elsewhere.
Chapters including ‘Buying’, ‘Selling’ and ‘Fakes, Copies & Reproductions’ are joined by charming illustrations by artist Simon Watson, quotes about collecting from the rich and famous, and special features on key topics such as nostalgia, identification, specialist terms, and historic and celebrity collectors.
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Your latest publication is adorable, and unique in the sense that you have used Simon Watson’s charming drawings instead of the usual glossy images which makes it more of a collectors’ objet in its own right really. Your collation of the information is superb and you have not forgotten a single person in your (extremely) “Useful Contacts” section at the back… Although quite erudite in subject matter you have maintained a humorous note. I love the quotes from famous collectors running through it. There is a serious amount of information in this book, it is a compendium in the true sense of the word.
Gail McLeod, Antiques News & Fairs
A handy and amusing guide to newly identified phenomena and other useful information…The Canny Collector is a good-looking book of hints, opinions and other snippets for the uninitiated collector. This is the sort of book that you can dip in and out of…This is a far from heavy academic tome. It is for the layman, light-hearted and palatable in tone, peppered with quotes…a personal favourite section is that on collector types; as Mark points out, a collection says a lot about how a person sees themselves and how they want to be seen by others. He picks out types that we’ll all recognise…more interestingly he also identifies a couple of generational phenomena.
Anna Brady, The Antiques Trade Gazette
I have already finished The Canny Collector. It’s a great read and the illustrations are lovely. It’s a very long time since I read a whole book in one go!
My favorite book this fall is Mark Hill’s latest tome – The Canny Collector. If antiques celeb Mark isn’t yet on your radar you’re missing out. In addition to simply being an all around good guy and one of the nicest members of the trade, he is also positively brilliant….so do what we do Chez Diva and curl up this winter with Mark’s riveting tales on collecting – diva style! Happy reading!
Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva
The Canny Collector is a compendium of knowledge, advice and facts. It’s so appealing…with its checkerboard cover and quirky illustrations, the latter being an unexpected joy. This book is jam packed with original wonderful line drawings which bring it alive and are a stroke of pure genius as they lift this book up from the level of antiques compendium to the genre of collectable art book. Mark’s engaging and informal writing writing style allows the reader to drift through the different sections, absorbing data along the way. Although quite erudite in subject matter he has maintained a humorous note. I was planning to leave this book in the car to read on those spare moments us dealers always get, whether waiting on an auction lot or a seller to turn up for an appointment, but as soon as I picked it up it became lodged in my hands and I didn’t put it down until I had consumed it!
George Johnson, Lady Kentmores on Antiques News & Fairs