Tag Archive: 0russian

The Adventures of Bob

The Adventures of Bob

10th September 2015

Sometimes, as a bookseller, you come across a book you just can’t find anywhere.  You check the title, make sure you’re spelling it right, and still the online databases are silent.  But to find two copies of that otherwise apparently unknown book?  Well… It took a bit of sleuthing to work out exactly what the […]

In memory of Peter the Great

In memory of Peter the Great

2nd September 2015

This is the first edition of Thomas Consett’s sermon at the English Church in St Petersburg following the death of Peter the Great, the first oratorical response to the Tsar’s death (Berkov, p. 13).  It was printed in Reval (present-day Tallinn, Estonia). Consett (1678?–1730) was the first chaplain to the British Factory when it moved to […]

Radicalisation as official government policy

Radicalisation as official government policy

1st April 2015

The German diplomat, Orientalist, and historian Max von Oppenheim (1860–1946) had published a memorandum as early as 1914 on ‘revolutionizing the Islamic territories of our enemies’ during the First World War, i.e. trying to persuade religious leaders in the Muslim world to call for a Holy War against colonial powers such as Britain and France.  […]

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: […]

Happy Birthday, Tolstoy!

Happy Birthday, Tolstoy!

9th September 2014

As you may have seen from today’s Google Doodle, 9 September is Lev Tolstoy’s birthday: But where did it all start?  How did Tolstoy become a writer?  It all began in 1852, when Tolstoy was 23 years old, and convalescing in Tiflis after mercury treatment for ‘the venereal sickness’ when he completed the first part of Childhood, his […]

Three Men in a Boat encounter Russian pirates

Three Men in a Boat encounter Russian pirates

3rd September 2014

This year is the 125th anniversary of the first appearance of Three Men in a Boat, published by J. W. Arrowsmith in Bristol (who, three years later, was to bring out that other classic comic novel, George and Weedon Grossmith’s The Diary of a Nobody).  Although slated by some critics at the time, the book sold […]