Category Archives: Booksellers

Ribble Ramble

A brief excursion northwards last week.  In truth, much more of a mini-break than a serious book-hunting expedition – but we did hire a car and spend one day on the book trail.  First stop was a warm welcome at … Continue reading

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Memory Lane

A friend and former neighbour recently asked me a question about a book I sold on her behalf years and years ago – not a question I could answer from memory.  I descended to the cellar to comb through a … Continue reading

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Deal Done

A couple of posts ago, I featured a picture of an Edinburgh binding from the website of Nick McConnell (McConnell Fine Books).  It brought to mind that I hadn’t been down to Deal on the Kent coast to see him … Continue reading

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Two Dundee Bindings

I’m not quite sure what the opposite of carrying coals to Newcastle may be, but that’s certainly how I felt when coming away from the recent Edinburgh Book Fair, bringing back to London two Scottish bindings.  Ian Marr had brought … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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