Category Archives: Booksellers

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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Looking for Books from Tulkens in Brussels

A guest-post and a request for help from Mark R. Godburn, author of “Nineteenth-Century Dust-Jackets” (Private Libraries Association & Oak Knoll Press, 2016). When the Tulkens bookshop in Brussels closed in 2008, there were thousands of books in storage that were … Continue reading

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The Real Clara Millard

Continued from “The Most Successful Book-Huntress in the World”, posted on 12th October 2016. The longest of the interviews with Clara Millard I have traced appeared (ten pages, eleven illustrations) in the society magazine “The Woman at Home” in 1896.  … Continue reading

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The Most Successful Book-Huntress in the World

“Miss Clara Millard, an English woman, has the enviable reputation of having created a new work for women, and of demonstrating that by persistent effort the business may be made successful.  She calls herself a book hunter, and whatever the … Continue reading

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Lines of Thought

I’m not sure whether there is, or even whether there should be, a recognised collective noun for a bunch of booksellers, although the googleweb thrums with suggestions – a bind or a binding; a blessing (thank you);  a case;  a … Continue reading

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W. J. Adams of Fleet Street

Just back from a delightful couple of days in the north of England working through an extraordinary private collection of early British tourist and guide-books.  My co-author Ashley Baynton-Williams and I are planning on an online supplement of addenda and … Continue reading

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Assertive Cataloguing

My attention was recently drawn to this rather assertive, not to say pugnacious, example of cataloguing from the excellent William Reese Company of Connecticut.  A little barbed for some tastes, perhaps, but the point is a well-made and timely one.  … Continue reading

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Rare Books London 2016 – Notes from a Young Collector

A guest-post from Kayleigh Betterton As we come to the end of yet another London International Antiquarian Book Fair, the fifty-ninth ABA summer Fair to be precise, collectors’ pockets are feeling a little lighter and our Twitter feeds are now full … Continue reading

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Something about Frank Karslake

Frank Karslake (1851-1920) is remembered for a number of things.  In the wider world, he is remembered chiefly for having founded the Guild of Women Binders, which for a brief period either side of 1900 produced some exhilarating work, much … Continue reading

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Edinburgh 2016

A very warm welcome to Edinburgh last week – or at least the simulacrum of one.  The crackling log fire in my hotel room turned out on closer inspection merely to be some kind of video-loop with sound effects  on … Continue reading

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