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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 […]

A devil of a book

A devil of a book

2nd October 2012

‘The Spy, or the Red Book of the Wolves of Lucifer.’  Now there’s a title.  No matter that the printed paper covers are orange rather than red, this is a very rare spy thriller in an equally thrilling publisher’s binding.  Orange bindings from the nineteenth century are quite unusual.  The combination of the colour and […]

Patent binding

Patent binding

20th June 2012

Annie Besant’s The Riddle of Life (1911) here receives ‘oriental’ treatment from a German book designer, and a patent binding.  The German version came out in three editions: ‘Ausgabe A’ (i.e. this one), printed on better quality paper, and bound in dark brown wrappers; ‘Ausgabe B’, on Japanese paper and bound in marbled blue wrappers; ‘Ausgabe C’, […]