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The first pornographer

The first pornographer

28th April 2021

Intended as the first of a projected series of works with the general title ‘Idées singulières’, this is an important early manifesto for the regulation of prostitution, published not in London, as the title-page maintains, but in Paris in 1769.  It also holds a significant place in the historical use of pornography—literally ‘writing about prostitutes’—as […]

A ‘strange wild book’

A ‘strange wild book’

3rd September 2020

This is a copy of the first edition in English of Bettina von Arnim’s first book, Goethes Briefwechsel mit einem Kinde (1835), translated in part by the author herself and privately printed in Berlin.  ‘The printing had almost come to end [sic], when by a variance between the printer and the translator, it was interrupted; […]

Caroline Watson, engraver to Her Majesty the Queen

Caroline Watson, engraver to Her Majesty the Queen

10th May 2019

Less than a month to go until Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair, and we find ourselves busily putting together our fair list. This year we have a variety of material we hope you will enjoy, including one of my current favourites: a striking example of copperplate engraving…

Elsa Béreny: 1930s German Dancer Living Her Best Life

Elsa Béreny: 1930s German Dancer Living Her Best Life

21st February 2019

As I write this the sun is streaming in the window of our Chesham office. Spring, it seems, is finally upon us, which means something even more exciting is just around the corner: the 2019 New York Antiquarian…

English Printing in Revolutionary Paris

English Printing in Revolutionary Paris

7th December 2018

Given all the Brexit talk of late, we thought it might be nice to balance things out with a list of books on Britain’s relationship with Europe. And what better book to feature than one printed in Europe by an Englishman? In this latest list we offer…

Inscribed to Amelia Opie

Inscribed to Amelia Opie

28th November 2018

It’s Wednesday, and we’re having an Amelia Opie moment here at 84 The Broadway.  And why not?  She ticks all the boxes: Romantic novelist, abolitionist, pal of Sarah Siddons and Mary Wollstonecraft, married to a feminist, accomplished musician…the list goes on…