Irving’s Merchant

Irving’s Merchant

11th November 2019

The Boston Book Fair is only days away and, as the trunks have already left to go on their journey across the Atlantic, we find ourselves with a little bit of time to sit down with a nice cup of tea and write a blog post. We were pleased to be able to include in […]

Memoirs of a Social Monster

Memoirs of a Social Monster

7th November 2019

Who doesn’t love a good ‘escroc’? In our most recent e-list, we included the first edition in French of the lowlife biographical Memoirs of a Social Monster; or the History of Charles Price; otherwise Bolingbroke, otherwise Johnson, otherwise Parks, otherwise Wigmore, otherwise Brank, otherwise Wilmott, otherwise Williams, otherwise Schutz, otherwise Trevors, otherwise Polton, otherwise Taylor, […]

The art of physionotrace

The art of physionotrace

31st October 2019

We love to learn about new and obscure methods of printing, illustration, and reproduction, so it was a treat to recently stumble across a portrait produced by a method we had never encountered before: physionotrace. Physionotrace, ‘the first system invented to produce multiple copies of a portrait, was invented in 1786 by Gilles-Louis Chrétien (1774–1811).  […]

Apparently unrecorded

Apparently unrecorded

25th October 2019

October is drawing to a close, which means here in Chesham we are inundated with fireworks (for Diwali) as well as book fair preparation (for the Boston fair). Equally exciting, but the latter is perhaps more pertinent to this blog. This year we are bringing some fantastic things, including an apparently unrecorded book; privately printed […]

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 […]