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Under another sky

Under another sky

17th September 2020

Under ordinary circumstances, I would have been in Paris today, for the opening this evening of the annual Salon international du Livre rare. But I am in still in beechy Buckinghamshire, enjoying instead some late summer sunshine. My mind, however, has turned to French books, and one in particular which I have at the moment. […]

Freischutzism

Freischutzism

8th July 2020

A few years ago, I wrote about an early piece of English lithographed music, from the 1820s. As I said at the time, British music publishers largely neglected lithography in the first four decades of the nineteenth century, but it did serve its purpose well for William Hawkes Smith’s privately-printed music with his own illustrations […]

Irving’s Merchant

Irving’s Merchant

11th November 2019

The Boston Book Fair is only days away and, as the trunks have already left to go on their journey across the Atlantic, we find ourselves with a little bit of time to sit down with a nice cup of tea and write a blog post. We were pleased to be able to include in […]

Garrick between Tragedy and Comedy

Garrick between Tragedy and Comedy

18th July 2019

As our readers know, Simon has been enjoying putting out a theatre-themed list during the past few summers, and 2019 will be no different…

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…

The first dog drama

The first dog drama

26th July 2017

This is a copy of the first edition of a hugely-successful play, published 1803, thought to be the first ‘dog drama’, which began a vogue for the use of trained animals on the London stage. Playwright Frederic Reynolds (1764–1841) wrote this afterpiece set in bandit-ridden Spain for Drury Lane, where it was first performed on […]