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All dressed up

7th April 2021

We wrote back in October 2019 about the subject of ‘dressed’ prints. We had just one then, but our new list of recent acquisitions features a whole group. There wasn’t space in the list itself to illustrate all of them, so I thought I would do so here:

The ‘child of Europe’

The ‘child of Europe’

26th March 2021

Kaspar Hauser (d.1833) was a foundling who became legendary in early nineteenth-century Europe; ‘the enigma of [his] origin, childhood, and early youth, and the known facts have aroused sustained interest … on the purely human, psychological, and social, as well as political, level’ ever since (Oxford Companion to German Literature). The author of this book, […]

Irish types in Paris

Irish types in Paris

17th March 2021

As it’s St Patrick’s Day today, I thought I’d write about an interesting Irish book I’ve been working on recently: This is the first edition of an important Irish book, written by Andrew Donlevy (1680–1746), a Catholic priest who most likely trained in Ireland before leaving for France in about 1710, where he entered the […]

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 […]