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About us

Sage Old Books (formerly SAGE Holdings) is a Queensland registered business belonging to Ian and Lorraine Bates.

Sage Old Books has carried out traditional and modern bookbinding, concentrating on book restoration.

We are also proud of our quality, out of print, first edition books for sale and continue to include lists on the internet.

See our online bookshop for all our catalogues.

We are former members of the Queensland Bookbinders' Guild and conducted many workshops both for the guild and privately. Ian was also honorary webmaster for the guild for two years.

Both avid readers, and having both studied literature, we have been book collectors since childhood.

Lorraine is a fully qualified teacher, with bachelor and masters degrees and special expertise in literacy. She has 25 years' teaching experience and is a qualified tutor trainer and education adviser. Author of OK Literacy and many other educational aids , Lorraine is also a skilled craft worker and has developed new techniques for book repair, while embracing the traditional methods as well. Lorraine has done most of our bookbinding.

Ian has had a varied career, from assistant district officer in Papua New Guinea, private investigator, farmer, nurseryman and store manager to IT manager, company director and web site designer. He has been awarded the Police Overseas Service Medal and RPNGC Centenary Medal for eight years' service in Papua New Guinea. He is the author of Tardrew - a history of the Tardrew family around the world, and holds current membership of the Hakluyt Society, the Society for Nautical Research and the Navy Records Society. He recently completed a comprehensive biography of eighteenth century British admiral, Sir Erasmus Gower, which he has been researching for more than 30 years.

We have been happily married since 1966 and have two adult children and five grand children. We recently retired and are now winding down our business interests.

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