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World Book Day, which we reported last week, is essentially a UK book trade event. We have not, as yet, heard from any UK dealer who 'cashed in' on the free publicity generated by the new book trade.

But coming soon is an innovative collaboration by ILAB with UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day 23 April when 'pop up' book fairs will be held in countries around the world. We will be covering this event in more detail in the four weeks preceding the event - which should capture the attention of book collectors and buyers everywhere.

It has been suggested that 1925 was the best year for literature. (See News item below).  Do you agree?  If not, which year would you nominate and why?


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.
  The 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 Lake. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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 Lenkiewicz Library.
  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. Read more

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 Dalí. Read more

UK: Was 1925 really the best year for literature?
It 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 Arrowsmith.
  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: Read more

UK: Partnership with Sedbergh Booktown Literacy Trust
Durham 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. Read more

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. Read more
(2) World 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 20% respectively. Read more

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 nine-roomed bookshop.

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. Read more


UK: Lewes Book Fair Saturday 14 March
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.
  There will 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
The 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 website

UK: PBFA's Children's, Illustrated and Modern First Editions, Saturday 21 March
A 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 Kensington.
 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 PBFA's website.


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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).
  The 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 12.00pm.
  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, Stockport

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 know. Ed.


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.
  The 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 up. Read more


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!
  Click on image to read his latest posting.

 Bookhunter on Safari


International: Sheppard's Trade Suppliers
This new service consists of a database that allows suppliers to appear under headings that apply to their business.  It is possible that some companies / traders might appear under more than one heading.
  To create a trade entry - select trade Suppliers from the menu on Sheppard's Confidential.  Complete the contact details and add a few words to promote your business.  You can also upload a photo to appear in your entry. 
  Your business / trading name will also appear in Sheppard's Confidential - which will keep your name in front of our many readers.  This goes every week except for the Christmas break.
  The list is also accessible via the Home Page on
  The cost of the service - as it is promoting your business to collectors and dealers in 44 countries - is just £12 per year.

Fair Organisers Promotion of Exhibitors' Top Titles  

Fair organisers can now offer additional promotion of dealers' titles that they intend to bring to the event.  If a fair manager can obtain details of the top three titles from their exhibitors, paste them into the template provided and send the result by-mail to us, we will convert it to a PDF and attach it to a display panel to go out to collectors and dealers via Sheppard's Confidential.
  The main benefit is that the list will be brought to the notice of all our readers rather than sitting on a website which is passive.
  Most of our services are free but we are asking £10 for the insertion per fair - whether it is inserted into one or more more editions of Sheppard's Confidential.
  For more information, write to 

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Readers who also subscribe to search our database (Sheppard's World or Find a Dealer) know that it is possible to send an e-mail to selected dealers with 'offers' or 'books wanted'.  When creating e-mails, the sender cannot see the recipient's e-mail address so if the recipient does not reply, the sender will never know their address.

Dealers - please update your entry
We ask ALL dealers registered on Sheppard's World to visit their entry at least once a year (See Para in our Conditions) to correct and make any amendments to their entry which our paying subscribers expect to be current.
  If you think your entry might be incorrect, please update it as soon as possible.

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Past editions can be found on our website.  We show the last 16 editions - all of which are in a PDF format.  Earlier ones are available but on request.
  Please note that shortly, any past editions retained in the original HTML format by our readers for reference will find that the advertisements and images will disappear.
  We recommend that you download a PDF version for permanent retention.

Searching dealers' catalogues
We have a large number of dealers' catalogues on and these can be searched using Acrobat Reader. For anyone not used to searching these catalogues - once the file has been opened on your PC, there are two ways to search for a title. Either hold the Control key down (Ctrl) and hit `F' and enter all or part of the title, or click `Edit' then either `Find' or `Search'.
  When you find the title you seek - please contact the dealer direct - the information is usually at the start of the file.

Access to Sheppard's Confidential
Please note that you should use the same Logon ID and Password to access  There are calendars of fairs and auctions - and catalogues submitted by dealers. These are in PDF form so that you can search for titles within each catalogue.

Attention - organisers of Fairs, Auctions and Festivals
If dates for next year's events are known - do create new entries as soon as possible. Dealers and trade members who organise book fairs, auctions and festivals can create entries for the events they are organising.   Although any late changes must still be sent in by e-mail, we have made a major improvement.
  The entry form used to create entries has been changed.  For those organisers of multiple fairs where the majority of details remain the same for each month - the form now allows you to save the first entry - and use the same entry with amendments of date, or time etc. for the next entry.  This is designed to save you time in creating entries.
  To create the entry, use the same LoginID (as for Sheppard's World) and password but on the sister website - preview existing entries (in case we have it already) then select `Add New Entry'.
  All entries will be checked before they appear live on the calendar - so please allow some 48 hours for this.  If your event is already there, please e-mail any amendment to


Catalogues on Sheppard's Confidential
Catalogues sent in are uploaded to our website where they can be searched and browsed.  Placing them on one location makes it quicker for users to locate catalogues containing the subjects of books in which they are interested.  So we welcome catalogues from all members of the trade.
 For anyone not used to searching these catalogues - once the file has been opened on your PC, there are two ways to search for a title. Either hold the Control key down (Ctrl) and hit `F', or click `Edit' then either `Find' or `Search'.
We now offer the additional service of converting your files into formats that suit devices such as 'smart phones', e-readers' and 'tablets'. But to obtain the best layout, please also send in your Word or HTML file.

If you use an iPad and have had difficulty in seeing PDF files, please download iDownloader to your device first.

During 2014 our site attracted a huge number of visits from the public, collectors and dealers. In the 12 months of last year, 43,400 people visited the summary page of catalogues - that's over 3,600 a month. And over 5,540 downloads resulted of which 4,700 were PDF files. One feature of our site is that visitors can search across ALL the PDF files in one hit using a key word or expression. This shortens the search time and makes the site a very effective. So it is well worth your time to have your catalogues added.

Catalogues received this week include:

Gaston Renard Pty Ltd (Natural History)

De Burca Rare Books (A selection of fine, rare and important books)

To download these and all others - there are over 100 listed - go to: Catalogues

Please contact dealers direct and mention where you saw the book! Note that catalogues remain on view for approximately four to seven weeks.
  New catalogues are always welcome. If you have one, then please send it to us at:
 Note: Files please in a PDF format but we can convert Word and HTML files. If possible please add your contact details at the top of the first page, a summary of subjects and a total of items on the first page after the cover.


Letters to the Editor
[The views and opinions expressed in this letters column are not necessarily those of either the Editor or the Publisher. We welcome letters on any subject concerning the trade.]

Help wanted - Anne Perry Audio Books
Dear Sir
I 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 ‘Unabridged’ versions.
  If anyone has copies for sale or knows someone who has, do please get in touch with me. James


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  If you have a copy for sale then notify the dealer by sending your e-mail address via this site. Latest additions to the list are shown in bold.

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
Criminous Clerks
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 Case.
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 Cheetah-Girl
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 2015
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