Anglomanie: The vogue for England in 18th-century French fiction

Anglomanie: The vogue for England in 18th-century French fiction

16th October 2019

We have just released a new e-list relating to Anglomanie, or the madness for all things English in 18th-century France, and figured we would share with our readers one of our favourites from the list: Nancy, published in 1767 by François-Thomas-Marie de Baculard d’Arnaud (1718–1805). Our copy is bound with another of his novels, Lucie […]

Dressed prints

Dressed prints

8th October 2019

One of our favourite reference books here in the office is Altered and Adorned by Suzanne Karr Schmidt, a fantastic look at how Renaissance prints were used in everyday life. An accompanying exhibition was put on by the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Something Karr Schmidt mentions in her study is the fashion for […]

Banned by the Nazis: Banned Books Week 2019

Banned by the Nazis: Banned Books Week 2019

25th September 2019

Three years ago, I blogged about Friedo Lampe, an insatiable book-buyer and author whose first novel was banned by the Nazis when it was published in 1933. Since then, my interest in his life and writing has grown into something a bit more tangible: earlier this year, Hesperus Press published my translation of Lampe’s Am […]

Unrecorded ‘wedding newspapers’

Unrecorded ‘wedding newspapers’

12th September 2019

Who doesn’t love a good wedding? And, more importantly, who doesn’t love a good party favour? Here’s a fun party favour of sorts we’ve recently stumbled across, and included in our latest e-list: the Hochzeitszeitung, or ‘wedding newspaper’. It is a genre of occasional printing found in German-speaking countries. Normally they are bespoke, something to […]

Leaping Lepidochromy!

Leaping Lepidochromy!

6th September 2019

We have come across some unique things here at Simon Beattie Ltd, but this one is new to us: lepidochromy, i.e., printing with butterflies. Yes, you read that correctly: there is a printing process wherein actual butterflies are ‘printed’. It is a type of transfer illustration, and not dissimilar to other types of ‘nature printing’ […]

Calling all Dutch gilt enthusiasts!

Calling all Dutch gilt enthusiasts!

9th August 2019

With apologies for cross-posting. It has long been recognised that the term ‘Dutch gilt paper’ (for brocade paper/Brokatpapier/papier doré/carta dorata) is a misnomer: such papers were almost exclusively made in southern Germany and northern Italy.  In the past, it has been suggested that the name comes from the fact that they were either imported from […]