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Short Service

Short Service

11th March 2021

Last year, a former lecturer of mine in the Russian department at the University of Exeter, Peter Scorer (1942–2020), sadly died. As well as teaching Russian, Peter was also the University’s Orthodox chaplain, being for many years a deacon in the Russian Orthodox Church.  You may recognise his name from the Corydon Singers (follow the […]

Encore!

Encore!

5th March 2021

Trying to promote one’s music during a global pandemic is not the easiest thing in the world: choirs are mostly not functioning, and choral directors have been on furlough, or are busy trying to work out how best to proceed in line with current restrictions. So I was excited to receive the following e-mail this […]

Love me do

Love me do

25th February 2021

Years ago, in my final year as a undergraduate, I took a course on the medieval German epic. I was attracted by the idea of reading old German texts–Tristan and Isolde, Wolfram von Eschenbach‘s Parzival, the Nibelungenlied–although I soon wondered whether the choice was such a good idea when I realised quite how long they […]

Visiting Walhalla

Visiting Walhalla

19th February 2021

Yesterday, the ABA’s virtual book fair Firsts Online opened. The first day went quite well, and I sold a number of things, so I have just uploaded a few new items, among them this: Published in Munich in 1845, it’s a copy of the first edition in English of Walhalla’s Genossen (1842; second edition, 1847), […]

The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

11th February 2021

Last year, I issued two joint catalogues (At Home with Books and CTRL+P) with my good friends, the booksellers Justin Croft, Heather O’Donnell, and Ben Kinmont.  Entering what would ordinarily be the new book fair season (California, New York, Paris), but still stuck at home, we thought it would be nice to collaborate again. We met […]

Bronze-varnish paper

Bronze-varnish paper

4th February 2021

Over on We Love Endpapers, Twitter, and Instagram all this week, I’ve been sharing examples of bronze-varnish paper, in part because it is often misidentified by booksellers and cataloguers (in the English-speaking world, at least) and I thought some photos might prove useful. Bronze-varnish paper (Bronzefirnispapier in German) was made in Augsburg between about 1690 […]