Category Archive: Bookseller

Buckinghamshire interest

Buckinghamshire interest

28th July 2021

I was born and bred in Buckinghamshire (tomorrow in fact will be Buckinghamshire Day) and my family, on my mother’s side, has roots in the county going back well into the eighteenth century, if not earlier. So, as one might imagine, I have an interest in books relating to the county. I have written before […]

Illustrations of the Drama

Illustrations of the Drama

22nd July 2021

As I wrote last week, I am currently cataloguing new material for a Theatre list, which will go out next month. I love lithography, and so was particularly interested in researching this, from 1823: It’s an apparently unrecorded publication: four fine large hand-coloured lithograph portraits of four leading performers of the day, each accompanied by […]

American literature on the London stage

American literature on the London stage

15th July 2021

I wrote once, years ago, about Washington Irving in Germany. I’ve always been interested in finding material that connects two different countries, two different cultures, through literature. Here’s another, and with an added theatrical dimension: This double bill from 1844 features Shakespeare alongside Irving on the London stage, The Miser’s Well being based on a […]

Gilty pleasures

Gilty pleasures

6th July 2021

The following post was originally written for Engelsberg Ideas. In his autobiography, Dichtung und Wahrheit, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe reminisced about his childhood in Frankfurt: ‘since the earliest times, buyers and sellers had thronged around the Bartholomäuskirche… The stalls of the so-called Pfarreisen were very important to us children and we would come along with fistfuls of money to buy […]

The national reading experience

The national reading experience

24th June 2021

This post was originally written for the Bibliographical Society’s ‘Council’s Choice’ for April 2021. Some years ago, I stumbled across UK RED, the UK Reading Experience Database, and have returned to it many times since when investigating a particular book, to see what real people at the time perhaps thought of it, but often just […]

Dodgy Dodsley

Dodgy Dodsley

18th June 2021

This is a copy of the first edition in German of William Gilpin’s famous Essay on Prints, ‘published anonymously in 1768, which had influence on the Continent, [and] contained his earliest definition of the Picturesque’ (Grove Art).  The translation is by Johann Jakob Volckmann (1732–1803).  A former owner here has created an index of the […]