Category Archives: Book Collecting

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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Lost Books – Lost Jackets

A guest post and a request for help from Mark Godburn,  author of “Nineteenth-Century Dust-Jackets” (Private Libraries Association & Oak Knoll Press, 2016) I am looking for the whereabouts of the following books, all of which have early dust-jackets. These books … Continue reading

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London Rare Books School 2017

I’m always telling people that booksellers learn something new every day – and it’s true, they do.  There is no upward limit to how much one might know about all of the books on all of the subjects written and … Continue reading

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The Lighter Side of Larkin

News to some of you, perhaps, that the poet Philip Larkin had a lighter side – but indeed he did. It’s this affirmative side of his life which is explored in a new exhibition at the National Poetry Library on … Continue reading

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French Semi-Transparent Dust-Jackets

A guest post from Mark Godburn I would like to hear from anyone with knowledge of the common 19th and early 20th century French books in bound wrappers which are often found with semi-transparent dust-jackets. These jackets typically have tri-folded … Continue reading

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Bound by Worsfold

I’ve let myself down again – perhaps no surprise to regular readers, but seduced by price, a pretty binding and perhaps a hint of aristocratic pedigree, I’ve acquired a book by an author I have been promising myself never, ever, … Continue reading

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