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Love, Hate, Ambition, and Edinburgh

Love, Hate, Ambition, and Edinburgh

27th March 2019

Though we’ve only just returned from New York, we find ourselves preparing yet again for a fair: this time, the 2019 Edinburgh Book Fair. In preparation we have compiled an expansive list, ‘Spring Miscellany’, of the books that we shall be bringing this year, available for…

Far from Thanksgiving

Far from Thanksgiving

26th November 2014

I had quite a bit of interest when I wrote about this book over on The New Antiquarian, so thought I’d share it here, too.  I’ve written before about a fictitious Boston imprint.  That book had no obvious connection with the United States, but this one does: it’s an early satire on emigration to America, from 1818. […]

Mushroom-eater

Mushroom-eater

4th November 2014

The writer Aleksandr Griboedov (1795–1829; his name means ‘mushroom-eater’ in Russian) died tragically young: while serving at Russia’s ambassador to Persia, he was killed and his body mutilated when a mob attacked the Russian legation in Teheran.  In A Journey to Erzurum, Pushkin describes meeting the cart bringing Griboedov’s body from Teheran for burial in […]

Dr Watson, theatre buff

Dr Watson, theatre buff

2nd October 2014

This volume is not an ordinary printed book, but a bound-up collection of 89 playbills, documenting a whole season in the life of the Theatre Royal, Manchester, 16 December 1799 – 24 November 1800. ‘The new season opened on December 16, 1799, with revivals of The Castle Spectre [by “Monk” Lewis] and Rosina [by Frances Brooke].  Three newcomers, […]

Wilde in Russia

Wilde in Russia

6th November 2012

This is a copy of the first separate edition in any language of Oscar Wilde’s unfinished play, A Florentine Tragedy, translated into Russian from a copy of Wilde’s manuscript and published in Moscow by Skorpion in 1907. Correspondence between the young translator, Mikhail Likiardopulo, secretary of the Russian Symbolist journal Vesy (The Scales), and C. S. Millard (aka […]