Anthony Payne


Anthony Payne is an independent specialist in antiquarian books.  He can be contacted at and is based in London.  His professional work for private, institutional and trade clients in Britain and abroad has included advice on buying and selling, auction commissions, cataloguing and research, and help with collection formation and development.  He is the European representative of Hordern House.


Anthony Payne’s extensive experience in the rare book and manuscript market began as an auctioneer at Christie’s South Kensington Ltd and then at the antiquarian booksellers Bernard Quaritch Ltd.  At Christie’s he obtained a broad knowledge of a wide variety of books, buyers and sellers, while at Quaritch, where he was a director for twenty years, he developed a deep expertise in the retail market, dealing with rare book libraries and private collectors throughout the world.  Travel and voyage books are his principal, but not exclusive, speciality.


Besides his work in the antiquarian book market, Anthony Payne is engaged in historical research and has lectured at Princeton University, the University of York, the Warburg Institute, the National Maritime Museum, Gresham College and University College London.  His major scholarly project is a bibliographical study of Richard Hakluyt (1552–1616), who was responsible for the publication of over twenty-five books relating to voyages and travels, notably the Principal Navigations of the English Nation, the fullest collection of such narratives to appear in Elizabethan England.  Payne has published Richard Hakluyt: A Guide to His Books and to Those Associated with Him 1580–1625 (2008), reviewed by Professor Mary Fuller of MIT in Studies in Travel Writing (2009) as ‘a judicious, succinct, and highly readable introduction to Hakluyt’s work’.  His study of ‘Richard Hakluyt and the Earl of Essex: The Censorship of the Voyage to Cadiz in the Principal Navigations’ appeared in volume 72 of Publishing History (2012), and he has also contributed a chapter on ‘Hakluyt’s London: Discovery and Overseas Trade’ to Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe, edited by Daniel Carey and Claire Jowitt (2012).  He is on the Editorial Board of the Hakluyt Edition Project which is preparing a critical edition of Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations (1598–1600) for Oxford University Press.  In 2016 he curated exhibitions of Hakluyt’s books at the Bodleian Library and Christ Church, Hakluyt’s old college at Oxford.


Anthony Payne is a graduate in history from the University of Cambridge, was an Honorary Research Associate at UCL (University College London) 2010–14, and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at UEA (University of East Anglia).  He has sat as an independent assessor with the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Cultural Interest and has advised the Acceptance in Lieu panel of Arts Council England.  He is on the Council of the Friends of the British Library, is a past Vice President of the Hakluyt Society, and is a director of Imago Mundi Ltd.



Publications by Anthony Payne


As author:


‘Richard Hakluyt and the Earl of Essex: The Censorship of the Voyage to Cadiz in the Principal Navigations’, in Publishing History, vol. 72 (2012) [issued 2014].


‘Hakluyt’s London: Discovery and Overseas Trade’, in Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe, ed. Daniel Carey and Claire Jowitt (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012).


Richard Hakluyt: A Guide to His Books and to Those Associated with Him 1580–1625 (London: Quaritch, 2008).


‘Hakluyt, Richard’, in Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530–1900, ed. Joanne Pillsbury (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008).


‘Voyage and Travel Accounts’, in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, ed. John B. Hattendorf (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).


‘Hakluyt, Richard (1552?–1616)’ and ‘Willes, Richard (1546–1579?)’, in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).


‘ “Strange, remote and farre distant countreys”: The Travel Books of Richard Hakluyt’, in Journeys through the Market: Travel, Travellers and the Book Trade, ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris (Folkestone: St Paul’s Bibliographies, 1999).


‘The Publication and Readership of Voyage Journals in the Age of Vancouver, 1730–1830’, in Enlightenment and Exploration in the North Pacific, ed. S. W. Haycox, J. Barnett, and C. Liburd (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997).


Richard Hakluyt and His Books (Hakluyt Society Annual Lecture 1996, London: Hakluyt Society, 1997).  Includes a census, compiled with Pamela Neville-Sington, of surviving copies of Hakluyt’s Divers Voyages (1582) and Principal Navigations (1589; 1598/9–1600).


As editor:


Terry Bennett, History of Photography in China [1842–79], ed. Anthony Payne and Lindsey Stewart, 3 vols (London: Quaritch, 2009–13).


The Spanish Letter of Columbus: A Facsimile of the Original Edition Published by Bernard Quaritch in 1891. With an Introduction by Felipe Fernández-Armesto and Essays by Martin Davies on Pere Posa and the Printing of the Spanish Columbus Letter at Barcelona in 1493 and by Anthony Payne & Katherine Spears on Quaritch, the Spanish Columbus Letter, and America 1890–1892, ed. Anthony Payne (London: Quaritch, 2006).