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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 […]

O little town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem

6th December 2019

Yesterday, we featured a carol that first appeared in The English Hymnal (1906). Today is the turn of another beloved carol which appeared for the first time in that book: ‘O little town of Bethlehem’. This carol owes its origin to the folk song revival of the early twentieth century, which is often twinned with […]

In the bleak mid-winter

In the bleak mid-winter

5th December 2019

As today (5 December) is Christina Rossetti‘s birthday, we thought it apt to feature her in our Christmas carol countdown. ‘In the bleak mid-winter’ was based on the hauntingly beautiful poem by Rossetti, which was first published (without music) in the January 1872 issue of Scribner’s Monthly. Its first appearance with music was in 1906, […]

Ding dong! merrily on high

Ding dong! merrily on high

3rd December 2019

Continuing on in our series of Christmas carols, it’s ‘Ding dong! merrily on high’, one of our personal favourites! Its first appearance (words only) was in George Ratcliffe Woodward‘s Carols for Yule-tide (privately printed, Highgate Village, 1922): Traditionally, the first edition of ‘Ding dong! merrily on high’ (and ‘Past three a clock’) have been ascribed […]

Apparently unrecorded

Apparently unrecorded

25th October 2019

October is drawing to a close, which means here in Chesham we are inundated with fireworks (for Diwali) as well as book fair preparation (for the Boston fair). Equally exciting, but the latter is perhaps more pertinent to this blog. This year we are bringing some fantastic things, including an apparently unrecorded book; privately printed […]

Unrecorded ‘wedding newspapers’

Unrecorded ‘wedding newspapers’

12th September 2019

Who doesn’t love a good wedding? And, more importantly, who doesn’t love a good party favour? Here’s a fun party favour of sorts we’ve recently stumbled across, and included in our latest e-list: the Hochzeitszeitung, or ‘wedding newspaper’. It is a genre of occasional printing found in German-speaking countries. Normally they are bespoke, something to […]