Category Archives: Forgotten Authors

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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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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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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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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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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The Book-Hunters of 1888 (9)

 26 — Mr Molini.  The next figure in our sequence is deftly characterised by Karslake — “In the foreground, standing up, white-haired and soft-hatted, is the late Mr. Molini, an amiable, much-respected bookseller, of Italian descent, and, like Stibbs, a … Continue reading

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My First …

Hi – it’s me again, Pauline Schol, with another guest post. I’ve now obtained my MA in the History of the Book and I’m still benefitting from the Guv’nor’s occasional (if erratic) tutelage. He thought I might like to go … Continue reading

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J. & F. Harwood of Fenchurch Street

I have long admired those occasionally found sheets of decorative Victorian notepaper – a handsomely engraved view of your place of resort at the head of a folded sheet of letter-paper: enough space to write a full four-page letter – … Continue reading

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The Book-Hunters of 1888 (5)

To pick up from previous posts and continuing our journey around the sale-room, we come to: (10) Mr. W. Reeves – seated to Quaritch’s left and puzzling over the quarto currently on offer is the veteran William Dobson Reeves (1825-1907), … Continue reading

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