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‘Both appalling and refreshing’

‘Both appalling and refreshing’

12th May 2020

This collection, The Catch Club (1733), brings together songs by a range of English Baroque composers—the vast majority by Henry Purcell (‘with over fifty pieces, almost his entire printed output in the genre’, Newman; no other composer wrote half as many), but Henry Aldrich, John Blow, Jeremiah Clarke, John Eccles, Henry Hall, Michael Wise etc. […]

Catalogue announcement: Anglo-German Cultural Relations

Catalogue announcement: Anglo-German Cultural Relations

31st January 2020

This week we received the printed copies of a catalogue that has been in the works for some time, and have finally mailed them out. Published to mark my tenth anniversary as an independent bookseller, it has been years in the making.  Many people know me for selling Russian material, but in fact my interest […]

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 […]

Gushing and fabulous

Gushing and fabulous

16th December 2015

This is the first edition of a rare illustrated guide from 1682—in French, English, German, and Dutch—to Louis XIV’s Labyrinth at Versailles, a maze with thirty-nine fountains depicting Aesop’s fables. The Labyrinth began in 1665 as an unadorned hedge maze, but was later redesigned to serve the Dauphin’s education.  The impetus in this came from […]