Tag Archives: Tim Bryars

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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Selina Hall – Secret Mapmaker

Prompted by acquiring this lovely and interesting Sidney Hall map of London from Tim Bryars – you can (or will shortly) be able read about the map itself on his own blog (Unto the Ends of the Earth – very … Continue reading

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The Ducking Stool

It’s often the telling detail that counts.  The detail in this case was pointed out to me by Philip Burden (Clive A. Burden Ltd.) at the London Map Fair last weekend. A tiny ducking-stool tucked away on the outskirts of … Continue reading

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On Green Dolphin Street

One of the questions I toss in the air to the students at the start of the annual course on Modern First Editions at the London Rare Books School (link to the right) is this:  When a bookseller pencils a … Continue reading

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Cocktails with Natalie

All work and no play.  Hardly true, this week at least – a seasonal round of partying, beginning with the ABA Christmas party last Wednesday, lunch with booksellers in the north on Friday, local festivities with friends on Saturday, and … Continue reading

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Whatroaches? Bookroaches!

“So could secondhand [book-]shops be the cockroaches that survive this nuclear winter?” – the somewhat  startling question posed by Mark Mason in his recent “Back to the Future”  piece on The Spectator’s book-blog (link to the right – and thank-you … Continue reading

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An Island of Civilisation

“An island of civilisation” – the words used by the celebrated actor-director Simon Callow to describe Cecil Court yesterday. And how accurate a description that is of this beloved byway of bookshops in the heart of London. A miraculous survival – one of London’s greatest … Continue reading

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London Town

The last few days largely spent in delivering copies of ‘British Map Engravers’. But a good excuse to go and see some bookselling friends at the same time. John Randall (Books of Asia) with some interesting thoughts on the internet, websites, the … Continue reading

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