When Professor Peter Foote died last autumn, he most generously left his large library to the Viking Society for Northern Research, with the instructions that his books should be sold to raise funds for the society. After quite a lengthy process of packing and cataloguing the books–there are some three thousand volumes–the Society has now opened the auction to bidders. Everybody is welcome to bid, whether they’re members of the Society or not. Here’s how the process works:
1. Download the catalogue from the Society’s website. [It’s also available as a pdf file.]
2. Choose which books you’d like to bid on, and the amount you’d be prepared to pay.
3. Send a list of your bids to Alison Finlay at email@example.com by 31 July.
4. In August, the people who bid the highest amount for each book (you don’t get to see what others have bid, and you can’t revise your initial bids) will be contacted and invoiced for the books and price of postage. Please bear in mind that the cost of postage may be substantial if you win several books or live overseas.
5. Wait for your books! (It may take some time for them to be delivered, owing to the sheer volume of orders to be processed.)
All proceeds from the sale will go towards the Peter Foote Memorial Fund, which has been established to support postgraduate students in the field of Medieval Scandinavian Studies through the provision of bursaries and prizes.
There are lots of really special items in the list, all of them made much more special by their association with Peter. So please do take a look at the catalogue, and happy bidding!