Category Archive: Bookseller

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 […]

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 […]

‘What’s it like working for Simon?’

‘What’s it like working for Simon?’

17th October 2018

Greetings from Chesham—and hooray for a new blog post!  We’re hoping to get back to posting weekly after what has been a busy spring and summer.As I write this, Simon is cooing over one of his latest finds: a lovely example of eighteenth-century block-printed…

Another oddly-shaped book

Another oddly-shaped book

9th August 2018

Last week, I mentioned the appeal of the oblong format. (I once had an oblong 12mo in half-sheets, but that’s very nerdy…) Here’s another which recently caught my eye…

Mixed formats

Mixed formats

2nd August 2018

People sometimes ask how I go about looking for books. Why do I pull off one book in a bookshop rather than another? I’m not sure I have an immediate answer to this question, but one type of book I often end up looking at are those in oblong formats…

An 18th-century dust-wrapper

An 18th-century dust-wrapper

19th April 2018