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Looking through our books today this particular illustration leapt out. The artist is one of my personal favourites, Harold Jones, and the poem described is called 'The Little Shop'. The book, a collection of children's verse by Walter de la Mare, is called 'This Year, Next Year'. Our 250-year-old business is going to see some changes over the coming year due to the pressure of unsupportable rent increases in the West End. We are embracing this as a challenge and are determined to protect our piece of London and the history of booksell…
To help mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, Sotheran has donated a copy of Daniel Maclise's wonderful 1866 work The Story of the Norman Conquest to Battle Museum in East Sussex where it all happened. To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the battle Maclise reworked the Bayeux Tapestry as a frieze in a neo-Classical style. He clearly favoured the Normans, as they are seen praying righteously on the eve of the battle while the Saxons are drinking mead and larking about. It's very difficult to defend a hill with a hangover. Sti…
Looking out of the window this morning Mr Sotheran couldn't help but sniff back a melancholy tear as he saw the geese beginning to pack up for the winter and fly south. So we have decided to cheer him up by putting together a small catalogue of choice and lovely books on birds, which we'd like to share with you here: https://www.sotherans.co.uk/catalogue/PDF/Birds.pdf Give the link a quick peck, hover over the lovely books and if there's anything you'd like to take home to your nest, give us a call.…
I've only worked here a few years producing catalogues, and often wondered what some of our earlier offerings were like. Well, amongst other interesting items, a recent trawl through our cellars has uncovered a pile of various old copies of our roughly annual Piccadilly Notes. This includes two copies of the first issue of which one remains untrimmed. Published in 1933, this dates from just after the death of the last Mr Sotheran to own the business. After a year or two of uncertainty, a new owner was found and the General Manager, John Ston…
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Cold beer a mortal danger: 'But some will say, cold beer is very pleasant to one that is thirsty: I answer it is true: but pleasant things for the most part are very dangerous'
W., F. (editor). Warm Beer: Or a Treatise wherein is Declared by Many Reasons, that Beer so Qualified, is Far More Wholesome than that which is Drank Cold; with a Confutation of such Objections as are Made against it. Intersperst with Divers Observations, Touching the Drinking of Cold Water. And Publish'd for the Preservation of Health.
London: J. Wilford, 1724.
8vo. 20th-century calf-backed cloth boards, gilt leather lettering-piece on spine; pp. [8 (title, verso blank, preface and poem 'In Commendation of Warm Beers')], 48; type-ornament headbands…
CAMPENHAUSEN, Balthasar Freyherrn. Genealogisch-Chronologische Geschichte des Allerdurchlauchtigsten Hauses Romanow und seines vorälterlichen Stammhauses.
Leipsig: Bey Wilhelm Rein und Compagnie, 1805.
4to. Contemporary full roan, gilt-tooled 'ivy-leaf' border, gilt-decorated spine incorporating 3 motifs, contrasting black lettering piece, a.e.g.; pp. x, 125; three plates of genealogies…
NORTHFIELD, James. Mount Macedon, Victoria Australia.
Original lithograph with colour, as published by Victoria Railways Australia, printed by Queen City printers, c.1930. 1010 x 635 mm.
The Mount Macedon Memorial Cross structure was established by early resident William Cameron in 1935 as a memorial to his son and those who died in World War I.
one of 100 signed de luxe copies with an original gouache
MEE, Margaret Ursula. Flowers of the Brazilian Forests Collected and Painted by Margaret Mee Foreword on the Brazilian Forests by Roberto Burle Marx with a Preface by Sir George Taylor.
London: L. van Leer & Company for The Tryon Gallery in association with George Rainbird, 1968.
Folio (530 x 390mm). Original full natural vellum by Zaehnsdorf, gilt facsimile of author's signature blocked on upper board, vignette of a tejú-assu lizard after Mee blocked in gilt on…