Category Archives: Forgotten Authors

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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A Very Shocking Shocker

It was Simon Beattie who kindly put us in touch with a dealer on the continent who had this for sale.  Not something he wanted, but thought we might.  Quite what grounds he had for thinking this, I’m not at … Continue reading

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Mysterious Waters

“I returned to Scotland Yard to report …” – an opening to a sentence which anywhere in the English-speaking world can only mean one thing – that we are about to enter the realm of that peculiarly English, much-loved, and … Continue reading

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Middle Temple Crimes

When I first wrote about a World Rare Book Day on the blog only last September (see the post of that title) it was an idea still in the making.  The charity tie-in with UNESCO was hoped for but not … Continue reading

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Fred W. Rose (1849-1915)

Fred W. Rose is of course widely known for his Victorian satirical caricature maps. Reproductions of his Serio-Comic War Map for the Year 1877, with its alarmingly tentacled Russian octopus, are nowadays one of the British Library’s best-selling lines. You … Continue reading

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A Messy Week

I suppose it could have been sparked by a chance remark on my last post – an expression of admiration for the neatness and tidiness of Peter Allen’s book-room. It is only in retrospect that it now seems a hostage … 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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