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From Germany to London, to America

From Germany to London, to America

15th April 2020

Many of the items in the Anglo-German Cultural Relations catalogue are rife with cross-cultural connections. One such item is the copy of John Frederick Lampe’s A plain and compendious Method of teaching Thorough Bass, after the most rational Manner … (London, J. Wilcox, 1737). This, the first (and only) edition was dedicated to Colonel John Blathwayt […]

We Three Kings of Orient are

We Three Kings of Orient are

13th December 2019

‘We Three Kings of Orient are’ has always been a crowd-pleaser (and a magnet for children who enjoy changing the words). An American carol, it first appeared on p. 12 of John Henry Hopkins‘s Carols, Hymns, and Songs (New York, Church Book Depository, [1863]): ‘Hopkins was rector of Christ’s Church, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, when he published […]

1001 Afternoons in Chicago

1001 Afternoons in Chicago

28th October 2015

I like this book: the first—and apparently only—edition in Russian of A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago (1922), one of the earliest books produced by the great screenwriter, Ben Hecht (1894–1964; Some like it hot, Gone with the Wind, Mutiny on the Bounty, etc.), himself the son of Russian–Jewish immigrants: ‘journalism extraordinary; journalism that invaded the realm […]

An ‘American’ bindery in the Crimea

An ‘American’ bindery in the Crimea

15th July 2015

Sometimes a book ends up posing questions which you, as a bookseller, simply cannot answer.  I enjoy the research aspects of what I do, but I recognise that I cannot know everything, and also that the books I offer for sale must provide further possibilities for research for the customer, whether private collector or special collections library.  Here is an example: This binder’s stamp […]

Letters from America

Letters from America

24th March 2015

This week I’m getting everything ready in preparation for the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, the weekend after Easter.  My books will go off on Thursday.  It’s always nice to take something new to a fair, so when the following came in recently I decided to keep it back for the booth in April: The title reads: […]

An “American” novel

An “American” novel

31st July 2013

I’m always up for a challenge.  This book certainly proved to be one. The title reads: Emil Debo, “People of Gold.  An American Novel”.  But just who was Emil Debo?  And what was this book exactly?  The rendering of French in Russian always requires a bit of guesswork, but in the end I managed to […]