Category Archives: Printsellers

James Reynolds and his Transparent Diagrams

September again, so off for my annual visit to the York Book Fair last weekend.  For once I’ll gloss over the startling inadequacies of both my riverside hotel and the Italian restaurant nearby, because it remained a thoroughly enjoyable couple … Continue reading

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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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