Kipling on silk

Kipling on silk

21st June 2023

As it states here, this souvenir item, printed on silk, ‘is presented by Mrs. Langtry on the occasion of the 100th performance of the “Degenerates” [by Sydney Grundy] at the Garrick Theatre.  For permission to use Mr. Kipling’s poem Mrs. Langtry has made to the “Daily Mail” a contribution of £100 for the benefit of […]

A published composer

A published composer

3rd March 2023

Some exciting news this week: I have had my first piece published, by the excellent Encore Publications. The piece, The Angel and the Unicorn, I blogged about once before, after I had written it during lockdown back in 2020. At the time, it still hadn’t been performed, but now it has, by the Choir of […]

American drivers on French roads

American drivers on French roads

17th January 2023

I like finding English books which were printed abroad. Published in Paris in 1893, this is a copy of the bilingual regulations—English, then French—of the Reunion Road Club, newly founded in France by American coaching fanatic, George William Tiffany (1842–1905). The son of a Boston banker, Tiffany was ‘one of the most astounding amateurs ever […]

#Shelfie

#Shelfie

3rd January 2023

Happy New Year! And apologies for the lack of blogposts recently. I’ve been thinking back over the year, and one particular highlight was going to Northfield in Minnesota for the Antiquarian Book Seminar. I always enjoy being able to talk to people about bookselling. One thing which is often stressed at such events (likewise at […]

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 […]

Book of the Month

Book of the Month

29th September 2022

I wrote last month about my latest translation, Clouds over Paris, which I’m delighted was chosen by Hatchards as its non-fiction Book of the Month, and has been featured in The New European. I also wrote about the book for Hatchards’ blog, the text of which I thought I would reproduce here. In September 1952, […]