Category Archives: Bookplates

Antiquating – York 2014

A new verb for us to contemplate this week: to antiquate, describing whatever it is we think antiquarian booksellers actually do (or perhaps merely the process by which we become antiquated – if this is not in fact the same … Continue reading

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Seal of Approval

A grateful thank-you to all my recent correspondents, although I’m not entirely sure how to take the remark that “viewing all those electronically unkempt bindings must have been unbearable for a person of sensitive disposition” (see last post).  I’ll let … Continue reading

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Blandings Castle

The hunt goes on.  Out and about quite a bit.   Rather disappointing book-fairs in Dorking and London – only managed to find four books and a map at the first.  One of the books was simply to read, another simply … Continue reading

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Fasque

Best story of the week was Ed Bayntun-Coward’s recollection of his encounter with a glamorous woman at a party.  She asked what he did for a living.  Ed replied smoothly that he was an antiquarian bookseller – “What a contraceptive”, … Continue reading

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Frances Currer

Frances Currer – not, I suspect,  a household name – but (on safari for today in time rather than place) let me tell you.  A book found on my recent travels – and (having seen it once before) I was … Continue reading

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