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The birth of a bookplate

The birth of a bookplate

16th July 2020

I suppose I had always been attracted by the idea of having my own bookplate, so when my parents asked me what I would like for my 30th birthday (back in 2005), I suggested having one made. Likewise, I have always been attracted by wood engraving, and so I approached Simon Brett to see if […]

On show at the Grolier Club

On show at the Grolier Club

2nd July 2020

Last year, I was delighted to be able to join the Grolier Club, America’s oldest bibliophilic society. Every year, the Club runs an exhibition for new members, an opportunity for other members, and the wider world, to a get a glimpse into a wide range of private collections. Due to the pandemic restrictions, it was […]

Meyrick’s Arms and Armour

Meyrick’s Arms and Armour

5th April 2019

If you’re on the mailing list, you may have already seen our latest list of recent acquisitions,which includes everything from Anderson’s Cook in the original wrappers (c.1785), to one of the earliest books to be printed in Russian Braille (1886). One of our favourites is…

Binding variants

Binding variants

4th August 2015

This is something I have been thinking about for a while.  Antiquarian booksellers are always concerned with rarity, and look books up to see who else has a copy, either currently for sale, in a library somewhere, or perhaps offered once at an auction.  Obviously, just because you find another copy, doesn’t make it the […]

Money in crisis

Money in crisis

22nd July 2015

By 1919, all low-value coins in Germany had vanished, due to a shortage of metal, a shortage which gave rise to a printed phenomenon known as Notgeld, or ‘emergency money’.  Neil MacGregor explains: ‘as there was no longer an effective national currency for the lower denominations, every town and city had to make its own.  […]

Death of a book collector

Death of a book collector

6th March 2012

Princess.  Composer.  Book collector.  Anna Amalia of Prussia (1723­–1787), Frederick the Great’s younger sister, was all three.  She studied the keyboard and was an enthusiastic organist, and her musical soirées were attended by artists and intellegentsia from across Europe.  But ‘Amalia’s greatest significance to music lies in her musical library, a collection of incalculable value.  […]