Category Archives: Dust-Jackets

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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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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Hyman Kaner (1896-1973)

Good to run into lots of friends and colleagues – old and new – at London Rare Books School last week. Not least, Paddy Elliott of Madoc Books in Llandudno. I mention him in particular because Llandudno (handsome seaside resort … Continue reading

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H. W. Perl (1897-1952)

The artist H. W. Perl is chiefly known to aficionados of British post-war pulp fiction.  He was one of the most prolific artists in that genre, working for almost all the leading publishers – and he was quite simply one … Continue reading

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Jacketing

I was rather hoping that my somewhat provocative remark a few weeks back about no-one at the York Fair having seen an earlier pictorial British dust-jacket would elicit some challenges.  It didn’t take long.  Peter Allen of Robert Temple Booksellers (http://www.roberttemplerarebooks.co.uk/) … Continue reading

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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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No Finer Sight

“There’s no finer sight in the world than that of a handsome woman bearing cakes” – this the (completely unsought) opinion of a man in the Warkworth tea-shop.  It struck me as a deeply profound and rather moving thought.  Substitute … Continue reading

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Helen McKie – The Soldiers’ Friend

By special request, here’s something on the artist and illustrator Helen McKie. I am very grateful to Alan Hewer for making the suggestion, for sending some scans, and also for his quite splendid http://www.greatwardustjackets.co.uk website. He is a remarkable book-collector … Continue reading

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Bip Pares (1904-1977)

Bip Pares – it’s a name that comes up every year at the London Rare Books School as we trace the evolution and bibliographical importance of the dust-jacket – a name seen so often on some of the most eye-catching … Continue reading

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