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An ‘American’ bindery in the Crimea

An ‘American’ bindery in the Crimea

15th July 2015

Sometimes a book ends up posing questions which you, as a bookseller, simply cannot answer.  I enjoy the research aspects of what I do, but I recognise that I cannot know everything, and also that the books I offer for sale must provide further possibilities for research for the customer, whether private collector or special collections library.  Here is an example: This binder’s stamp […]

Three Men in a Boat encounter Russian pirates

Three Men in a Boat encounter Russian pirates

3rd September 2014

This year is the 125th anniversary of the first appearance of Three Men in a Boat, published by J. W. Arrowsmith in Bristol (who, three years later, was to bring out that other classic comic novel, George and Weedon Grossmith’s The Diary of a Nobody).  Although slated by some critics at the time, the book sold […]

How would you like your Karamazov?

How would you like your Karamazov?

16th July 2014

I last blogged about Dostoevsky a couple of years ago.  He’s long been one of my favourite Russian authors, so I thought it was time I posted something again. This was something of a find: the first translation into any language of Brat’ia Karamazovy (1879–80), published in Leipzig in 1884.  And it’s early: the first French […]

A happy couple

A happy couple

16th April 2014

I like this pair: two copies of a rare piece of occasional verse, printed in 1768 in Naumburg (a pretty town on the river Saale, between Weimar and Leipzig) by local pastor Carl Gottlob Kümmelmann, on the occasion of the wedding of Ferdinand Ludwig von Hausen, valet de chambre at the court in Gotha, and […]

“Original” printed wrappers

“Original” printed wrappers

5th March 2014

This is a very scarce edition of Aesop, published in Aberdeen in 1781: Fables of Æsop and others: translated into English.  With Morals and instructive Applications; and a Print before each Fable.  To which is prefixed, the Life of Æsop, more enlarged than in any former Edition of this Size.  It’s attractive, with, as the […]

Lutheran best-seller turned Jesuit boxed set

Lutheran best-seller turned Jesuit boxed set

2nd January 2013

Books in boxes have always held a particular appeal.  But this I found particularly attractive.  It’s a book from 1738, Güldenes Schatz-Kästlein der Kinder Gottes (A Golden Treasure Chest for the Children of God), which has been cut into individual leaves, all the edges gilded, and then put into a custom-made gilt-tooled morocco box which features […]