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William Nicholson’s Alphabet Book

William Nicholson’s Alphabet book, published in 1897, is an ABC book like no other. A talented artist, illustrator and print-maker, Nicholson used simple woodcuts and minimal text to show the good, bad and ugly of Victorian society. It contains a self-portrait, a family joke and E for Executioner.Find copies of William Nicholson’s Alphabet book

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The most desirable rare book of 2020 – A Wonderful Time by Slim Aarons

The most desirable rare book of 2020 is pure escapism. A Wonderful Time by Slim Aarons is an out-of-print photo-book from 1974 that revealed the sumptuous lifestyles of America’s elite society in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Before 2020, it was possible to purchase copies for less than $200. This year, copies have been selling […]

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Gustave Dore’s London

In 1869 a journalist called Blanchard Jerrold joined forces with the famous French artist Gustave Doré to create an illustrated record of London. Night and day, this duo explored the city, going from poverty-stricken slums to royal palaces. The book, first published in parts, was called London: A Pilgrimage, and it contained 180 wood engravings. […]

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Judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley sells for £56,000

A copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, used by the judge who presided over the famous 1960 obscenity trial, has sold for more than £56,000 (about $71,500) at auction, reports the BBC.  Judge Laurence Byrne brought the copy of DH Lawrence’s novel into the courtroom each day. As everyone knows, Penguin, the book’s publisher, was found […]

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An Electrical Fairytale from Wizard of Oz Author L. Frank Baum

At the start of the 20th century, electricity was not taken for granted. It was regarded as something almost magical by many people, including Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, who was so inspired by electricity that he wrote a fairytale about it. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published in 1900. Baum’s next […]

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Savoy Cocktail Book podcast

White Lady, Corpse Reviver, the Rattlesnake…. Our latest podcast is about the Savoy Cocktail Book and cocktail mixing. Published in 1930, this legendary Art Deco-style recipe book was written by barman Harry Craddock, who never wrote anything else. Discover Harry’s tips for making a decent cocktail and how he poured drinks for three of London’s […]

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Jamieson’s Heavenly Celestial Atlas from 1822

Alexander Jamieson was an 18th century schoolteacher who wrote textbooks on the side. His books included A Grammar of Universal Geography, A Grammar of Logic and Intellectual Philosophy and the Mechanics of Fluids for Practical Men, and you can be excused for giving these three a miss. But you cannot turn your back on Jamieson’s […]

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Still loved today: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This just sold for $850. It’s a UK first edition of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, published by William Heinemann in 1911. It has illustrated endpapers, and eight full-page tissue-guarded color plates by Charles Robinson. Published in the same year as the first American book edition, Hodgson Burnett’s classic story for children was […]

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Mark Your Calendars: Washington Antiquarian Book Fair April 28-29

Immerse yourself in the world rare books and ephemera at the 42nd annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair, taking place April 28-29 at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC. This year, over 60 exhibitors from all over the United States will be displaying rare books, manuscripts, modern first editions, autographs, prints, maps, drawings and other fine […]

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