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Welcome to our April Newsletter.

We hope that the last stages of the refurbishment, the refit of the Children's and Illustrated department, will be completed very soon, whereupon we plan to have some celebratory parties to re launch the new look of the shop in proper style.

We are working on a Spring Miscellany and also a Children's and Illustrated catalogue. Please contact Oliver if you would like a copy. A listing of the Miscellany can be found here.

Just coming into stock is a collection of John Betjeman and John Piper material. Please click here to download the list.

Although we are carrying less in the way of Art and Architecture a few interesting things have come our way. Click here to view on the website.


The first separate selections from our large Performing Arts collection have now been catalogued and are available.

Here is a video walk through of A Collection of Noël Coward Theatre Posters. Full listing here.

We also have a small collection of Alec Guinness ephemera here.

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Prints Department
Contact Richard for more details.
Hiroshige Private View

There will be an exhibition of Japanese prints beginning on 20th April.

Hiroshige
Japanese prints as seen in
Van Gogh’s collection

If you would like to attend the Private View on 19th April, with guest speaker Dr. Monica Hinkel from SOAS, University of London, please RSVP Richard


Print of the month
Communication
Artist: GLEDHILL, John.
Title: "Communication"
Description: Original Linocut by John Gledhill as printed in England, signed numbered edition 1/12.
John reguarly has his work exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London. Other examples of his work can be found at the National Museum of Wales and V&A Museum, London.
Date: 2017.
Size: 335 x 420 mm.
Price: £175

Poster of the month
Empire Builders
Artist: TAYLOR, Fred (1875-1963).
Title: Empire Builders.
Description: Original lithograph with colour, linen backed, as issued by the Empire Marketing Board, printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Thos. Forman & Sons, Nottingham. Showing the explorer/adventurers Cabot, Hudson, Drake, Raleigh, Wolfe, Clive amongst others.
Date: 1930.
Size: 495 x 755 mm.
Price: £550

Map of the month
Map of Greece
Artist: MUNSTER, Sebastian.
Title: Mou Grecia Secondo tutte le regioni, & prouincie di quella di qua & di la dal Helleiponto. [Map of Greece].
Description: Original woodblock as published in Cosmographia Universalis.
Date: 1575.
Size: 305 x 395 mm.
Price: £525
Travel Department
Contact Georg for more details.


The Ottoman World. ATABEY, Sefik E. -- Leonora NAVARI. The Sefik E. Atabey Collection. Books, Manuscripts and Maps. The Ottoman World.

London: Bernard J. Shapero, 1998. Folio; a fine set.
First and only edition, limited to 750 sets. A comprehensive catalogue of Sefik E. Atabey's remarkable collection of books, manuscripts and maps prior to 1854 relating to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East, with each work carefully described and annotated. An important addition to the reference literature, supplementing Navari's catalogue of the Henry Myron Blackmer Collection … more …


Illustrated London News CYPRUS - ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS. The volume for the second half of the year 1878.

London, George C. Leighton, 1878. Folio. Highly illustrated with superb wood-engravings throughout, a very clean and fresh copy.
One of the best pictorial and textual documentations of Cyprus, compiled in the year the British took control of the previously Ottoman island. The Cyprus-related articles marvel at the picturesque architecure and rough landscape, describe the logistic difficulties, painting a vivid picture of life on the island in the late 1870s. Rather hard to find intact … more …


Chronological History of the West Indies. SOUTHEY, Captain Thomas. Chronological History of the West Indies.

London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1827. 8vo. Three volumes. A very good set.
First edition. Thomas Southey was brother of the poet Robert Southey. As the book's title suggests, this work presents a continuous history of the Caribbean. It has become rather uncommon on the market these days, especially in a uniform, contemporary binding … more …


Travels in Brazil SPIX, Johann Baptist von, and Karl Friedrich Philip von MARTIUS. Travels in Brazil, in the Years 1817-1820. Undertaken by Command of His Majesty the King of Bavaria.

London, Longman, Hurst, etc., 1824. Two volumes, 8vo.; very clean and fresh; provenance: gilt-stamped and ornamented bookplate Miss Hebert's Clapton inside front cover of volume one.
A beautiful copy of the first English edition of the Bavarian biologists' early travels in Brazil. Both had been influenced by Naturphilosophie, Lamarck and inspired by Humboldt … more …


Science & Natural History
Contact Chris for more details.
Fishing Tackle

We are continuing to catalogue the large angling library that we bought last year, and details of the latest batch can be seen here on our website. There are more fish here than you can shake a rod at.

Further items of Scientific Interest include:


Mr Babbage's Invention BABBAGE, Charles Mr Babbage's Invention. Copies of the correspondence between the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury and the President and Council of the Royal Society, relative to an Invention of Mr. Babbage.

House of Commons. 1823. Folio. Unbound, near fine.
First edition, offprint version, after the extremely rare privately printed version from 1822. This copy is the first separate printing of the British government's reprint of Babbage's 1822 letter to Sir Humphry Davy upon the completion of his experimental difference engine. Consequently, in 1823 Babbage was granted £1500 from the Civil Contingency Fund to build the full scale Difference Engine No. 1. … more …


Orchids DARWIN, Charles Robert. On The Various Contrivances by Which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilised by Insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing.

John Murray, 1862. 8vo., a really sparkling copy.
First edition, first issue. Life and Letters quotes Asa Gray as saying that "if the Orchid-book […] had appeared before the Origin the author would have been canonised rather than anathematised". The book was concerned with the relationships between sexual structures of orchids and the insects which fertilise them, their evolution being attributed to natural selection. Fewer than 2,000 copies were printed of this edition, which sold slowly, and though there was a second edition in 1877 there has never been a reprint of the first edition … more …


Good Words for 1879, with ALS. [NIGHTINGALE, Florence]. Good Words for 1879, with ALS.

Isbister and Company Ltd. 1879. 8vo., very good, with ALS from Florence Nightingale bound in.
First edition, bound issues for 1879 of this popular periodical. The letter is composed on a single folio sheet folded once, bearing the letterhead of 10 South Street, Park Lane and dated 4th June 1879. In the letter Nightignale asks the editor of Good Words whether he would like her to submit articles on the famine in the Bombay Presidency. Her celebrity and her passion were irresistible … more …

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