Tom Lamb is the Business Development Director of the Books & Manuscripts Department at Bonhams in New York.
He has been involved in more than 300 auctions, totalling more than $400 million during his 30 years as a Book Specialist. He brings to Bonhams a wealth of experience and expertise on both sides of the Atlantic.
After receiving a Geography Degree from Durham University in England, Lamb worked for a short time with the Ministry of Defence making military maps.
In 1980, he joined the South Kensington Book Department of an international auction house as a Map Specialist. In 1983, he inaugurated the first-themed book sales and the first on Travel Books and Maps. In 1987, he relocated to the King St. office, where he subsequently became Director in 1989. In 1995, he became Head of the London Book Departments and ultimately rose to the position of Director of European Book Departments in 2004.
From 1994 on, Lamb pioneered a series of cross-departmental sales for the auction house's London branch, combining pictures, books, manuscripts and photographs. Regular sale categories include Exploration, Travel and Natural History, as well as special anniversary sales of the Battle of Trafalgar in 2005, Printing and the Mind of Man and the first dedicated globe sale. Lamb organised more than 20 collection sales for this London outpost, including the Kissner sale, Klotz Collection, Perth Library, Feltrinelli, Foyle collection, The Botfield sale from Longleat House, Keynes, Vander Poel and Conan Doyle and the Duke of Gloucester's sporting library.
In 2007, he moved to another international auction house and spearheaded the establishment of the New York saleroom in midtown Manhattan. In the last three years he has brought to the market many private American libraries including the Snyder, Walton, Peyraud, McKinney and Harris Collections. Lamb is a world-renowned Specialist in maps, travel, natural history and plate books, and holds many auction records.