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An unrecorded song, from an unrecorded publisher

An unrecorded song, from an unrecorded publisher

4th May 2018

As I wrote last week, we have been working on a new catalogue, British Music: 200 years of performance, public and private.  It’s been enjoyable putting it together, doing the necessary research, and making some discoveries.  Here’s one: This little engraved card (114 x 78 mm) is an apparently unrecorded song, written in support of […]

‘An artist full of charm and verve’

‘An artist full of charm and verve’

20th December 2017

Apologies for the recent lack of blog posts.  Things have been so busy: exhibiting at the Boston book fair, processing some recently acquired collections, trying to find someone to come and work for me, and preparing for California.  In cataloguing for the latter, here’s one little item which caught my eye: A small etched and […]

Money in crisis

Money in crisis

22nd July 2015

By 1919, all low-value coins in Germany had vanished, due to a shortage of metal, a shortage which gave rise to a printed phenomenon known as Notgeld, or ‘emergency money’.  Neil MacGregor explains: ‘as there was no longer an effective national currency for the lower denominations, every town and city had to make its own.  […]

A fat lie

A fat lie

17th June 2014

I am currently putting some things together for a new catalogue.  This will be included: a spurious will by which the testator, the ‘superabundant’ Mary Hughes, in 1758 distributed various parts of her body to, among others, a Bedfordshire clergyman, the King of Prussia, the Royal Society, and the Fellows and Scholars of Trinity College, […]

The book as weapon

The book as weapon

11th June 2014

During the 1960s, Uwe Wandrey (b.1939) was involved with the group Hamburg Linksliterarisch and the APO (Extra-Parliamentary Opposition movement), opposing the Emergency Acts (Notstandgesetze) of 1968 and the Vietnam War.  He was also active as a political songwriter, founding his own publishing house, Quer-Verlag, to help support the cause.  This little book, Kampfreime (‘combat rhymes’), published in […]

Moving pictures

Moving pictures

20th March 2014

In the century before cinema and television changed our lives forever, there were other ways of creating moving pictures.  One such inventive Victorian method was the zoetrope (from the Greek zoe, ‘life’, and tropos, ‘turning’), ‘a mechanical toy or optical instrument consisting of a cylinder open at the top, with a series of slits in the […]