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Ribbon-embossed cloth

Ribbon-embossed cloth

3rd October 2023

This is a copy of Jane and Ann Taylor’s City Scenes, or a Peep into London, brought out by London publishers Harvey & Darton in, according to the title-page, 1828, but it was probably issued about 1835. In his magisterial bibliography The Dartons: an annotated check-list of children’s books, Lawrence Darton notes four possible bindings […]

The Adventures of Bob

The Adventures of Bob

10th September 2015

Sometimes, as a bookseller, you come across a book you just can’t find anywhere.  You check the title, make sure you’re spelling it right, and still the online databases are silent.  But to find two copies of that otherwise apparently unknown book?  Well… It took a bit of sleuthing to work out exactly what the […]

A Scot in Russia

A Scot in Russia

3rd March 2015

Later this week I shall be in Edinburgh, for the Edinburgh book fair.  In fact, as last year, I shall be travelling up there on World Book Day, a day which is all about getting children reading.  So, what better for this week’s post than a collection of fourteen children’s books, by the Russian son of […]

For German children in Russia

For German children in Russia

12th February 2015

Ever since my university days, when I studied German and Russian, I’ve been interested in connections between the German- and Russian-speaking worlds.  So it was a particularly nice surprise when I came across this book recently: You can just make out in the picture that a new engraved title-page has been pasted over an earlier letterpress […]

A novel dissected

A novel dissected

13th January 2015

Last month, over at The New Antiquarian, I wrote about uncut books: I love them, but not collating them.  But here’s something I had recently which made ‘collating’ (i.e. checking to see if it’s all there) rather more fun: Published c.1860 by John Betts in London, it’s ‘a sheet of 22 coloured illustrations, dissected as a puzzle, […]

English tricks for Russian children

English tricks for Russian children

8th October 2013

Something for Children’s Book Week: Magic Tricks.  By the six-year-old Samuel Hopkins (Moscow, 1911), published as a supplement to Svetliachok (“The Little Glow-worm”), a pre-Revolutionary children’s magazine aimed at 4–8-year-olds.  It recounts the conjuring abilities of a six-year-old English boy, Samuel Hopkins, with illustrated descriptions of some of his tricks so that the young reader might ‘pleasantly […]