Category Archives: Book Collecting

Lacking a Plate – A Good Thing?

I suspect that most booksellers (whether they are willing to admit it or not) have half a shelf or so (rather more in my case) of books that became in some way problematic in the course of cataloguing.  Books which … Continue reading

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Son of London

  Born in Brixton in South London, that literary outsider Thomas Burke (1886-1945) recalls a suburban Christmas of the early 1890s.  A seasonal extract from his posthumously published “Son of London” (1946). “I was five years old, and I was … Continue reading

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Tom and the Crocodiles

A very attractive haul this year from last weekend’s Chelsea Book Fair.  Always a joy to visit, and I managed to bring away just about as many books as I could carry on both the Friday and the Saturday.  Business … Continue reading

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The Fidelity of Engravers

A customer apologized to me the other day for wanting actually to see and handle a very modestly priced item before buying it, rather than simply buying it online on the basis of a photograph – and it was a … Continue reading

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A. & C. Black’s Colour Books (2)

A further query and request for help from Mark Godburn I am trying to find out what book or periodical the text sheets in these images are from. The sheets were used to make dust-jackets for an A. & C. Black book, … Continue reading

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Dove’s English Classics

The third in a series of vignettes of items found (and shops visited) on a recent book-hunting trip. I found this at High Street Books – Geoff Tyson’s genial and enticing bookshop at Honiton.  Another one of those shops which … Continue reading

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The End of the World

World’s End – well – not quite the end of the world, but at least as far as James II was prepared to ride out on his constitutionals down the King’s Road.  A district of London at the western end … Continue reading

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A Binding by Lucien Broca

The first in a sequence of vignettes of books found (and bookshops visited) from a recent book-hunting trip. They say you can’t judge a book by looking at its cover, but we know that this is not always true.  Sometimes … Continue reading

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Real Books, Real People

A week of book-fairs and nowadays a whole series of related events – visits, talks and tours – all under a festival heading of “Rare Books London 2017”.  No sparing of effort, much time generously given – applause and a … Continue reading

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Gertie Wentworth-James

I picked this up at a book-fair the other day – a little tatty and unprepossessing, I know.  “The Girl Downstairs” by Gertie de S. Wentworth-James – the story of Rosabel Sayer – educated, comely, resolute, plucky, and an altogether … Continue reading

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