Category Archives: Printsellers

The Fidelity of Engravers

A customer apologized to me the other day for wanting actually to see and handle a very modestly priced item before buying it, rather than simply buying it online on the basis of a photograph – and it was a … Continue reading

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School Pieces

A request for help from Jill Shefrin Jill Shefrin is a Canadian independent historian and bibliographer of children’s books and ephemera published in Britain in the long eighteenth century.  She’s currently preparing a descriptive bibliography and historical study of “school … 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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Seller, Pepys and the Seventeenth-Century London Map Trade

A lecture given at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in the Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography series – 23rd February 2010. [This has wandered in by mistake from the companion Essays blog next door – click on the Essays tab … Continue reading

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Two Hundred Hours at Ash Rare Books

A guest post by Pauline Schol. Having finished six courses as part of the MA in the History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies (London University), I and my fellow students were offered a chance to be … Continue reading

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J. T. Wood of the Strand

I occasionally come across these little mid-nineteenth-century engraved views of London landmarks, measuring about six inches by just over four and half, and published by J. T. Wood.  They are generally printed on what I have tended to describe as … Continue reading

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Spoonerism

Teaching at the London Rare Books School this week and next.  Good to see some colleagues again – Professor Nicholas Pickwoad – who better in the whole, wide, world to learn from about European bookbinding?  And the same is true … Continue reading

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A Lost Balloon View of London

Staying with the suburban theme for the moment, a jaunt up to sweet and hilly Hampstead yesterday – another of the lost villages of Middlesex not entirely devoid of echoes of its past.  Fond memories of the old Everyman Cinema … Continue reading

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Ephemeral

Rather a frenetic week, but a highly enjoyable one.   A flying visit to Jarndyce in Great Russell Street to deliver a book (end up buying two and thus breaking the First Lady’s rule that for every book coming into the house … Continue reading

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Hijacked by Wild Swimmers

Slightly controversial start to Wednesday.  Stayed overnight at the Randolph in Oxford – The First Lady had coyly admitted it was a long unfulfilled ambition. But at breakfast, the waitress simply poured out the tea without so much as a by-your-leave. … Continue reading

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