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Roy Leslie Davids

Roy Leslie Davids, manuscript expert, appraiser, consultant. Avocations: collecting poetical manuscripts, gothic revival furniture and artifacts, literary portraits. Former trustee Wordsworth Trust.

Background

  • Davids, Roy Leslie was born on June 1, 1942 in Hove, Sussex, England. Son of Leslie S. and Claire Elisabeth (Clark) Davids.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in History with honors, London University, 1964. Degree in education, London University, 1965.

    Career

    • Biographer History of Parliament Trust, London, 1966-1968. Cataloguer Booksellers Hofmann & Freeman, Sevenoaks, England, 1968-1970, Sotheby's Manuscript Department, London, 1970-1974, head manuscript department, 1975-1994, director United Kingdom and European division, 1978-1994, head printed book and manuscript department, 1982-1994, marketing director, 1987-1992, company strategist, 1993-1994. Appraised archives of President Richard Nixon, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, others.

    Major achievements

    • Avocations: collecting poetical manuscripts, gothic revival furniture and artifacts, literary portraits.

    Works

    • Contributor articles to professional journals including Autographs and Manuscripts: A Collector's Guide, The Book Collector, and American Book Prices Current.

    Membership

    Former trustee Wordsworth Trust.

    Connections

    • Married Jean Mary Lewis, 1962 (div.
    • father: Leslie S. Davids
    • mother: Claire Elisabeth (Clark) Davids
    • spouse: Jean Mary Lewis
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    Born June 1, 1942
    (age 74)
    Nationality
    • 1964
      London University
    • 1965
      London University
    • 1966 - 1968
      Biographer History of Parliament Trust
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
    • 1968 - 1970
      cataloguer Booksellers Hofmann & Freeman
      Sevenoaks, Kent, United Kingdom
    • 1970 - 1974
      cataloguer Booksellers Hofmann & Freeman
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
    • 1993 - 1994
      cataloguer Booksellers Hofmann & Freeman
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