No: 405 Date: 12 March 2015
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Scotland: Ode to Generosity -
Keats' tome given to art school
The edition, from 1898, has been given to the school, which
lost much of its collection in a disastrous fire last May,
by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.
cover design of John Keats - His Poems, gilt-tooled in
Glasgow School style, was created by GSA teacher and
designer, Ann Macbeth.
The book was formally
presented to GSA Librarian, Jennifer Higgins, by the
President of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, Brian
USA: Aaron-James Booksellers,
Plattsworth NE to close
For over a decade, Aaron-James Booksellers has provided the
Plattsmouth area a wide selection of new and used books.
Now, owner Jim Ball says it’s time to close the page on the
store, so he can spend more time with family and travel
during his retirement years.
The shop was first
located in the former Dovey Buildings on Main Street in
Plattsmouth. Eight years ago, Ball moved it to 420 Main. He
hopes to close the store this spring.
USA: Homeland Security
Investigations agents help track down rare stolen book
A thief had stolen a rare 16th-century book from Italy. It
was Marty Hamlin's job to find it, and help bring it home.
Hamlin, a special agent in Baltimore for Homeland Security
Investigations — an arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement — took the case in September 2013.
Agents with an HSI office in Rome had been hot on the book's
trail when it was sold by an auction house in the Italian
capital. Hamlin picked up the trail, and within weeks had
the book in his gloved hands.
It turned out the
rare books dealer who bought the book at the auction had
sold it — to library curators at the Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore.
USA: New chapter for lost
library of Lenkiewicz
After years of legal complications, one of Robert
Lenkiewicz’s greatest legacies is being opened up to the
public as the artist intended. Rachael Dodd discovers the
Over a span of 40 years,
Robert Lenkiewicz amassed a library of some 25,000 books.
Sadly, after his untimely death in 2002, a large part of the
collection was auctioned to cover the artist's debts.
Scotland: Rare books by
Blake, Carrol and de Sade emerge from Edinburgh collection
for Surrealist display
Rare books by William Blake, Lewis Carroll and the Marquis
de Sade will go on show at the Scottish National Gallery of
Modern Art this spring as part of a new display exploring
the roots of the Surrealists.
Surreal Roots: From
William Blake to André Breton will combine 18th and 19th
century publications, rarely shown to the public, with 20th
century books by key surrealist figures such as Salvador
UK: Was 1925 really the best
year for literature?
was a very good year. Ernest Hemingway took his first
literary steps with the collection of short stories In Our
Time; Virginia Woolf published Mrs Dalloway; and F Scott
Fitzgerald brought out The Great Gatsby. All that happened
in 1925, as did the publication of Gertrude Stein’s The
Making of Americans, John Dos Passos’s Manhattan Transfer,
Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy and Sinclair Lewis’s
BBC Culture, the BBC’s international
arts website, has designated 1925 as the 'greatest year' in
the history of literature, in a piece by author and
journalist Jane Ciabattari. But how to determine something
like this? This was how she did it:
UK: Partnership with Sedbergh
Booktown Literacy Trust
University's Department of English has announced that it has
agreed a formal partnership with Sedbergh Booktown Literary
Trust. The aim of the partnership is to stimulate new
interest in literature and generate new audiences for books,
especially in the north of England. The partners will work
closely together to organise a series of lively events,
including lectures, writing workshops, and readings. Plans
are already underway for a programme of events exploring the
evolution of English poetry from Beowulf to Brigflatts.
UK: World Book Day
(1) A boy from Manchester was
excluded from taking part in World Book Day for dressing as
the "Fifty Shades of Grey" character Christian Grey.
Book Day titles claimed nine of the coveted positions in the
Top 10 in the most successful WBD week since 2012. A
combined total of 339,133 copies of the 10 books published
to celebrate the annual charity reading event (held on
Thursday 5th March) registered through Nielsen BookScan in
the seven days ending 7 March.
Europe: France & Luxembourg
ordered to restore VAT on e-books
The European Court of Justice has
ordered France and Luxembourg to restore their standard VAT
rates on e-books in a ruling announced on 5 March.
The court upheld a decision previously made by European
Commission, which ruled that the two countries cannot charge
the same VAT rate on e-books as physical books. Contrary to
EC directives, for the last few years Luxembourg has been
applying a super-reduced VAT rate of 3% on e-books and
France 5.5%. The court has now ruled both countries must
restore their normal VAT rates on e-books, which are 17% and
UK: Jean Chesters
Jean Chesters, partner in the firm
of G.& J. Chesters of Polesworth, died on 5 March of cancer.
Geoff Chesters, aided by three long-established volunteers,
will continue the business via the internet and the
UK: Bob Date
We have learned that Bob Date of
Mayland Books died on 9 March.
UK: Tristram Hull
Nigel Burwood's good friend and colleague, Tristram Hull,
died on Sunday 8 March aged 82. He had been ill with cancer
for about a year but was always in good spirits. He had a
bookshop in Norwich and later ran Simon Gough Books in Holt.
A great bookman and will be sadly missed by all his friends
and colleagues in the trade.
UK: Sir Terry Pratchett
Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66.
UK: Lewes Book Fair Saturday
This is to remind
you that the next Lewes Book Fair is this week on Saturday
14 March, and will be held as usual in the Town Hall, Lewes,
Sussex BN7 2QS from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
be the usual full complement of over 40 dealers, including
many who only attend this fair so there is every chance of
finding books that are fresh to the market. Lewes is a very
'booky' town with parking close to the venue and three
established second-hand bookshops and a good number of
antique markets with book stalls all within easy walking
distance. So a day out in Lewes will provide a good book
buying opportunity for all visitors. Book Fair entry is free
to trade on production of a trade card. All enquiries to
John Beck - 01273 477555.
UK: Ephemera Society's London
Fair, Sunday 15 March
next fair organised by the Ephemera Society, which
celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, takes place this
coming Sunday 15 March. It takes place at the Doubletree by
Hilton, 92 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4BH from 11.00am to
4.00pm. For more information visit the Society's
UK: PBFA's Children's, Illustrated
and Modern First Editions, Saturday 21 March
reminder that the next fair takes place on Saturday 21 March at the Hilton
London Olympia Hotel, 380 Kensington High Street, London W14
8NL from 11.00am to 5.00pm. Admission: Free tickets from
website, or £2 on the day. The nearest Underground
stations are Kensington Olympia, Earls Court and High Street
Thirty specialist dealers will be
offering their latest stock for sale - and early visitors
may well find a bargain or two amongst the rare and
collectable titles being offered! So make a date in your
diary. There are also on-site bars and restaurants.
For a list of exhibitors visit the
Click on image to find details of all future auctions
The next auction at Dominic
Winter is: Printed Books & Maps, English Lierature
USA: Swann Galleries'
Spring Autographs auction on Thursday, 19 March
Swann Galleries’ Spring Autographs auction takes
place on Thursday, 19 March and offers remarkable
examples of Americana; autographs from world
leaders, aviators and scientists; and presidents,
including fine material from The Forbes Collection.
The top lot in the auction is a remarkable autograph
album was compiled for a benefit auction at the New
York Metropolitan Fair of 1864. The album was put
together by Teresa Viele, wife of General E.L. Viele,
and contains more than 150 signatures by prominent
politicians, generals, writers and artists of the
Civil War period.
Historical figures are
represented by a brief autograph letter signed,
'Freud,' in German, reading, 'Thank you for your
note. I cannot help taking pleasure in it, since I
have so frequently had to listen to bitter and
malicious criticism,' Vienna, 14 January 1934
($3,500 to $5,000); a 1945 Typed Letter Signed by
Albert Einstein in English, expressing that he hopes
humanity has learned the importance of security,
noting that much of what was destroyed cannot be
rebuilt and preferring the awareness of the horrors
of the past to the uncertainty felt at the time,
Princeton, 31 January 1945 ($6,000 to $9,000); and
an album commemorating the wedding of Soviet
astronauts Valentina Tereshkova—the first woman to
have flown in space—and Nikolayev Andriyan, with
photographs of their wedding ceremony and their
honeymoon in Cuba, signed by both in Russian,
December 1963 ($6,000 to $9,000).
auction will begin at 1.30pm on Thursday, 19 March.
The Autographs will be on public exhibition Monday,
16 March through Wednesday, 18 March from 10.00am to
6.00pm; and Thursday, 19 March, from 10.00am to
An illustrated catalogue, with
information on bidding by mail or fax, is available
for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th
Street, New York, NY 10010, or online
|Word Warriors - Words that
have fallen out of use
From Richard Coulthurst,
I love the word "serendipity" -
defined as "the faculty of making happy chance finds" such
as discovering a long sought-after volume in the "50p box"
outside a second-hand bookshop..
Then read the news item above 'Word
Warriors' and the Top 10 lost words. Words like
'Caterwaul', 'Rapscallion' and 'Philistine'.
What is your favourite word that seems not be used anymore? Let us
UK: Kellow Books
The opening times have changed
as the business is slowly being wound down over the next
two years - retirement is in sight.
business will be open Monday to Wednesday - and Friday
to Saturday from 10.00 to 16.00. The shop will be closed
on Thursdays from week commencing 16 March.
Peter Combellack, Kellow Books, 21 High Street, Chipping
Norton, Oxfordshire OX18 1BE. Tel 01608 644293,
UK: Bookshop and
Business for sale
Mr. Books Bookshop,
Tonbridge is for sale. The business was started
from scratch just over ten years ago and the shop will
have been running successfully for almost as long. We
are now in the second premises having moved onto
Tonbridge High Street, opposite the main hotel in the
town, about 3 years ago. The new location was a
calculated risk which has more than paid off as it has
seen a huge increase in footfall into the shop and much
increased revenues. A very strong reputation for
reliability and top customer service has been built upon
over the last decade to such an extent that most people
now call me Mr. Books and that is the name I am often
introduced by when attending events in the town. In a
nutshell, a very strong local trust brand has been built
|UK: The Bookhunter on Safari
Readers might like to follow Laurence Worms (ABA's immediate Past President), as he writes about the trade and the
dealers he visits on his safari around the UK!
on image to read his latest posting.
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Help wanted - Anne Perry Audio Books
am trying to track down some old Anne Perry audiobooks and
thought they may be more available in England as her books
are very popular there. In particular, I am looking for:
Ashworth Hall, Brunswick Gardens, Cain His Brother,
Pentecost Alley, Weighed In the Balance.
The very old
audiobooks will be on cassettes and have been impossible to
find so far (at least in the USA), at least in the
If anyone has copies for sale or
knows someone who has, do please get in touch with me. James
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|Certain Odd Anagrams
|Codex Chiromantiae, Appendix A. Dactylomancy, Or
Finger-Ring Magic, Ancient, Mediaeval And Modern.
|Codex Chiromantiae, Being A Compleate Manualle
Of Ye Science And Arte
|Down Those Mean Streets a Gentleman's Gentleman Must Go;
or, What Ho Hornblower
|Engraving a Diamond
|Eocene Mollusca from Nigeria
|Every Schoolboys Knows
|Frost Fairs on the Thames
|Hodges Against Chanot: Being The History Of A Celebrated
|Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society
|Kennel Gazette. Magazines 1930s +
|Kisses Of Fate. A Study Of Mere Human Nature
|Lady Macbeth. A Study.
|Monkeys and Chimeras
|Nature. A Weekly Journal Of Science
|Old Men Remember
|Our Noble Selves. A Portion of an Epic
|Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London
|Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London
|Proceedings Royal Institution of Great Britain
|Prolegomena Towards The Study of The Chalk Foraminifera
|Queries: Past, Presemt & Future
|Saxton Churchm Lead Chapel & Towton Church
|suggestions for the improvement of the law of copyright
|The Ancestry Of The Violin
|The Florist and Pomologist, and Suburban Gardner
|The Gods of the Fourth World
|The Heart of England
|The Origin and Manufacture of Playing Cards
|The Real Pirates of Borneo
|Very Large Numbers
|William Stickney 1764-1848 of Ridgemont
|With the British Association in South Africa
|Ye Magic Mirrour of Old Japan
|Ye Roll of Ye Set of Odd Volumes
Sheppard's Confidential © No. 405 12 March
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