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A bibliographer gets political

A bibliographer gets political

26th October 2022

Jules Gay (1807–1887) is remembered by book historians for publishing over 400 works from history which he thought ‘libre’ (i.e. uninhibited) in content, as well as his famous Bibliographie des principaux ouvrages relatifs à l’amour, aux femmes et au mariage (1861).  But this libertine publisher and bibliographer was also a committed socialist.  In London, in […]

Dioneo

Dioneo

18th August 2016

‘Dioneo’ was the nom de plume of Isaak Vladimirovich Shklovsky, a Russian journalist who lived in London from 1896 onwards and from where he became well known for his sketches of British life published in various Russian journals at the time.  A number of these sketches were then subsequently published as books, such as this […]

Life in the pit

Life in the pit

26th August 2015

This little book may not look much, but it turned out to be a fascinating read.  Entitled Sketches of the life of orchestral musicians, it’s the first edition of an early work by Ivan Lipaev (1865–1942), for many years a trombonist with the Bolshoi Orchestra in Moscow, and professor of music at the conservatoire in Saratov, […]

Death Row journalism

Death Row journalism

28th February 2013

On the night of 19 March 1817, Antoine Fualdès, a former French procureur impérial, was brutally murdered in the town of Rodez, in the south-west corner of the Massif Central, and his body found floating in the Aveyron.  The ‘Affaire Fualdès’ as it became known and the subsequent six-month trial of the eight accused (Baptiste Colard […]