No: 407 Date: 26 March 2015
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For the next four weeks we will be trailing the joint innovative venture promoting 'pop up book fairs' by UNESCO and ILAB.  This one day event takes place in countries around the world but the fairs will only be in situ for one day, 23 April - and in surprising venues where the public least expect them. For this reason the impact should be that much greater.   

As each week passes, developments in software and technology are announced.  This week an 'app' that censors swear words and slang out of e-book texts has been launched.  Now this might suit some readers who are often offended but the idea has angered authors.
  The development also gives our trade another reason to promote the book against its electronic equivalent.  Many enthusiasts who read e-book versions conveniently forget that 'big brother' knows exactly what the user is reading.  

The news that HarperCollins is to start selling books direct to the public using Twitter may, or may not, be significant.  It will be worth watching this innovative sales method.  With developments in technology, it may eventually be possible to sell titles you hold on this site. 


International: ILAB pop up book fairs on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April

From Sydney to Tokyo to Cape Town, from Moscow, London and all the major European capitals to New York, Washington, Chicago and the Pacific Northwest of the United States ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs, organised by the world's expert antiquarian booksellers, will appear on 23 April, 2015.
  WHERE? In a woolshed in the Australian bush, at central stations, on boats, in museums, libraries, streets, cocktail clubs, brew pubs, on roof terraces and at the top of skyscrapers. On UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day ILAB booksellers will bring rare books to the people in the most unexpected places!
  HOW? Like a Mexican wave starting the day in Australia and, as the sun goes, finishing the day in the United States, scores of rare book dealers will be organising Pop Up Fairs - a mixture between bookish flash mob and speed dating for booklovers, lasting only a few hours at unusual, but busy locations where passers-by will discover a stunning selection of rare books, prints, manuscripts and ephemera to promote the trade of old and rare books and to support the UNESCO literacy projects in Africa. Read more

UK: Another good reason to buy a book - you read the author's work uncensored
Have you ever read through a particularly expletive-laden passage in a book and felt the language was a bit too rich for your tastes?
  If so, you might be interested in Clean Reader which censors swear words from e-books - and allows children to enjoy works of literature that contain profanity.
The app replaces certain words that might be deemed R-rated with more friendly alternatives, but one author has derided it as encouraging 'suppression'. Read more

  Joanne Harris, the award-winning author of Chocolat and The Gospel of Loki, said she found the concept of Clean Reader "infinitely more offensive than any of the words it blanks out". Read more

UK: HarperCollins to use Twitter to sell books
In a promotion tied to the release of the film adaptation of Insurgent, HarperCollins is working with Twitter to offer fans of Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy a chance to buy a hardcover of the Insurgent movie tie-in edition at a 35% discount. HarperCollins is working with Twitter Commerce, the social media platform’s effort to offer “native commerce,” or offering firms the ability to send out tweets with buy buttons embedded in them. The new promotion will allow fans to purchase a hardcover edition of the Insurgent movie tie-in edition at a 35% discount, direct from HarperCollins, with one click without leaving the social media site. Read more

UK: New Copyright Law threatens to put artists Like Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons in jail
Have you been following the increasingly alarming changes to copyright provisions? Europe seems to be leading the way, though backwards, in what amounts to an attack on the viability of museums, publishers and art-related businesses to work with artists and estates on reproduction rights. It also threatens artists, too, criminalising appropriation when it is considered a copyright violation. Art museums and publishers are currently trying to work out how to respond to the new British copyright law, which goes into effect in 2020 and effectively makes it more expensive to reproduce images in publications and on goods offered in museum shops. Read more

USA: Amazon's drones - the pace quickens
Amazon has been working to get its drones off the ground for a long time, and the US's Federal Aviation Administration has fought it every step of the way. Now, despite certain well-publicised victories, the US has fallen behind European countries when it comes to drones, and it's in danger of slipping even further, Amazon Global Public Policy Vice President Paul Misener told a Senate subcommittee today.
  Apparently the company is designing and testing new drones more rapidly than the FAA can regulate to keep up with them. Where other countries have taken one or two months to approve entire categories of Amazon drones for testing, the FAA took over a year to OK a single drone model that's now long obsolete, Misener said. "We don't test it anymore," he said. "We've moved on to more advanced designs that we already are testing abroad." Read more

UK: Amazon in talks with UK Government to launch deliveries by drones

Amazon is investigating starting trials of its drone delivery service in the UK because regulations in the US are too onerous. The online retailing giant approached the Government about test flights of its Prime Air service which plans to use small unmanned aircraft to get purchases into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less.
Robert Goodwill, transport minister, said he had met with the US company about test flights of the system. Read more

UK: Three new bookshops open
Three new independent bookshops have launched onto the scene in Manchester, Cheltenham and Cornwall. The Suffolk Anthology opened its doors at the end of last month in Cheltenham, run by former GP Helene Hewett as a family business with her two children, selling new titles, with a significant children’s section. Churchtown Books opened in Mullion, Cornwall on 14th March, run by Grant Wheeler selling new, mainly local interest books, along with second hand and rare titles. Meanwhile sisters Christine Cafun and Lyndsy Kirkman are set to open the 4,000 sq ft Chapter One Books in Manchester’s Northern Quarter with a mini-theatre and café in early May. Read more

International: Off the beaten path bookshops
Booksellers in more than 50 countries can be found on the AbeBooks marketplace. Thousands of easy-to-find bookshops are concentrated in the great cities of the world - London, New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Sydney and Berlin – but there are also countless sellers located in places that take some finding. Remote islands, tiny villages, small towns that are barely a speck on the map and locations so isolated that they don't even count as a hamlet. Enjoy our selection of bookshops off the beaten track. Read more
[With the forthcoming 'pop up book fair' event, this photo gallery of bookshops in 'off the beaten path' seems appropriate. Our thanks to Richard Davies and Abebooks for permission to reproduce these images. Ed.]

UK: ITV's Loose Women launches a new book club
ITV’s Loose Women is launching a book club where panelists will discuss their favourite books with each other, the studio audience and the viewers. ‘Loose Books’ will launch on Wednesday 25th March with a different panellist selecting their favourite book every month. The books that are chosen can be fact or fiction and any type or genre of book, from a classic novel to a new release. Read more

Austria: Michael Steinbach's elected President
At the 53th General Assembly of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (Verband der Antiquare Österreichs, VAO) on 25th March 2015, Michael Steinbach was elected new president. He succeeds Dieter Tausch who served as VAO President from 2012 to 2015. In the new VAO Committee Dr. Paul Kainbacher will serve as Vice-President, supported by the new VAO Committee members Erhard Löcker, Andreas Moser and Robert Schoisengeier. Michael Steinbach, well-known to most ILAB affiliates, was ILAB President from 2006 to 2008, is ILAB President of Honour and Member of Honour of the German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VDA).  Read more


UK: Long Melford Book Fair, Saturday 28 March
The next Long Melford Book Fair takes place on 28 March at the Village Memorial Hall (opposite Bull Hotel) CO10 9LQ. As always this is the place in East Anglia to go to for aviation, natural history, childrens annuals, crime fiction, topography, illustrated books, folio society books, history books and much more.
  Amongst the highlights are: a fine 1924, first edition of Nos Bebes Chiens (Bonzo) by G.E. Studdy. £85 (Mik Miszkiel). Defence of Usury by Jeremy Bentham, 1796, full calf £200. (John Crawford). Edmund Candler's two volume The Long Road to Baghdad, 1919, £60 (Richard Edwins). Some original drawings by the Suffolk artist George Rope (Michael Sweeney) and Charles II by Osmund Airy, 1901, limited edition of 1250 copies in blue half leather binding. £65 (Missing Books).
  Home made refreshments and free parking. More details, including map and list of exhibitors, on or phone Chris Missing on 01245 361609.

UK: Etc's Bloomsbury Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair, Sunday 29 March

Etc Fairs will be holding their monthly Bloomsbury Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair this Sunday, 29th March. The fair is well attended by both visitors and exhibitors. Visitors can expect a good mix of postcards, ephemera & books, as well as some maps and prints. The fair has always had a reputation for being friendly and welcoming and has items on offer from a few pounds up making it worthwhile for the casual reader / collector or more serious hunter!
  Doors open at 9.30am and close at 3.00pm. Admission is £1.50. All details are on the website: or phone Kim 01707 872140.

UK: PBFA's Sherborne Book Fair, Saturday 4 April
The next Sherborne Book Fair takes place on Saturday 4 April at the Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Entry 31. Nineteen dealers will be offering a wide range of books at a price to make it worthwhile to visit!  To see the list of dealers and their speciality subjects - go to the PBFA website.
  Enquiries to Steven Fernando on 01935 816614 or

UK: Wing Book Fair, Sunday 5 April
The next Wing Book Fair takes place on Sunday 5 April at the Wing Village Hall, Leighton Road, Wing, Buckinghamshire LU7 0NW from 9.30am to 3.0pm. One of Buckinghamshire's longest running book fairs. Helpful booksellers with books for all tastes, collectable childrens' books, illustrated, travel, military and much more including some printed ephemera. All at sensible prices for dealers, collectors and avid readers. For more details: Richard Frost 01442 862011. Click on image to enlarge

UK: Churchdown Book Fair, Gloucestershire, Sunday 5th April
The next Churchdown Book Fair is on Sunday 5 April at the Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucestershire GL3 2JH from 10.00am – 3.30pm. Easy access off M5 at Junction 11, follow signs to Churchdown, book fair signposted in village. Ample free parking on site, flat easy access.
  Twenty plus dealers attend from the Midlands, South West and Wales. Admission 50p (Children under 16 free), trade free entry from 9.30am with card. (See photo - click on it to enlarge).
  1000s of quality second hand, antiquarian books, postcards and ephemera every month, fantastic home made refreshments and cakes available all day. Now one of Gloucestershire's longest running Independent Fairs, over 25yrs.
  For full details of attending dealers, and to sign up to our regular Newsletter visit our website
  Follow us on Twitter @churchdownbf. All enquiries: Terry Sims 01452 546879 or


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The next auction at Dominic Winter is: Printed Books & Maps, English Literature, Wednesday 8 April.

UK: Bonhams' Auction, 25 March
A rare first edition of Robert Boyle's The Sceptical Chymist, a milestone in the history of chemistry, sold at Bonhams, London yesterday (25 March) for £362,500. It had been estimated at £50,000-70,000. The Sceptical Chymist: or Chymico-Physical Doubts & Paradoxes, touching the Spagyrist's Principles commonly call'd Hypostatical, as they are wont to be Propos'd and Defended by the Generality of Alchymists, was published in 1661.
  It is the first book that combined chemistry with physics and paved the way for the work of Isaac Newton and, 200 years later, Antoine Lavoisier. In it, Boyle postulated the then revolutionary theory that matter was composed of atoms and clusters of atoms in motion and that every phenomenon was the result of the collision of particles in motion. He also explored the relationship between chemicals through the use of theory and experiments rather than largely through observation.
  The Sceptical Chymist was the highest selling lot in the sale of the Library of the late Dr. Hugh Selbourne who assembled one of the finest private collection of books of the mid-20th century while practicing as a physician in Manchester. The sale of Part One of the collection made more than £1,750,000 and 90 percent of the books and manuscripts were sold. This take total sales in Bonhams Book department in the past t two weeks to over £3,000,000.
  Among other highlights were a first edition of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species which sold for £98,500 and a first edition of the influential work of moral philosophy, A Treatise of Human nature by the 18th century Scottish philosopher David Hume which set a new world record price at auction of £80,500.
  Bonhams Head of Books, Matthew Haley said, "Hugh Selbourne was a remarkable man who assembled one the finest private collection of books I've ever seen. The interest in the sale and the prices achieved are a testimony to his great taste and judgment." 
  Read more on Bonhams' website.


Word Warriors - Words that have fallen out of use

From Kevin Crowe, Alba Books, Sutherland, Scotland.

When I obambulate through subtopia, I notice a melange of rapscallions, philistines and opsimaths, often creating a caterwaul of flapdoodle. Is that sentence an example of concinnity or knavery?

What do you think?  What is your favourite word that seems to have fallen out of use? Let us know. Ed.

You will find more words that have fallen out of use.  Go to 'Word Warriors' and see which are the Top 10 lost words.  


UK: Congratulations to Mr Books Bookshop, Tonbridge!
To celebrate Mr. Books’ Tenth Birthday the shop window display is a retro kids birthday party scene with the centre piece being this magnificent cake. This was commissioned from a local cake shop called 'An Enchanted Cake or Two.' They were given a fairly wide open brief to come up with a 'bookie cake' and they’ve certainly exceeded all expectations. It will be in the window for around a month to please passers-by and, hopefully, entice a few of them into the shop. "The cake is actually a dummy, with real icing though, as I was reliably informed by the ladies at the cake shop that letting people eat the real thing after more than a few days would have landed me in jail!", Mark Richardson told Sheppard's Confidential!)
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UK: Martyn Goff
Martyn Goff, who served as administrator of the Booker Prize Foundation for more than three decades and “helped shape the prize into the literary force it is today”, has died. Read more


UK: The Bookhunter on Safari
Readers might like to follow Laurence Worms (ABA's 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.

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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
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  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 (Voyages and Travels)

Sanders of Oxford (Roma Aeterna: Piranesi, Rossini, Cunego.)
Unsworth's Antiquarian Booksellers (E-List E01 Part 1 Early printing to 1800)
Unsworth's Antiquarian Booksellers (E-List E01 Part 2 Later Books)
Harrison-Hiett Rare Books (Winter 2 now available in PDF format)
Harrison-Hiett Rare Books (Early Printed Works Pre-1700)

Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts (Manuscripta Americana II)

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. /span>


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.]

Book & Magazine Collector
Dear Sir
Having now finally cleared out the last of my book stock, I have remaining for disposal a complete run of Book and Magazine Collector, 328 issues in all, from 1984 to 2010, mostly in binders. It seems a shame to have to dump them in the recycling bin since they do contain a lot of interesting articles, so I would like to offer them free for collection from my address near Bath. Would anyone interested please email me in the first instance at - yes I am also one of the last Pipex users! Tom Randall.

Word Warriors
Dear Sir
Reading the Word Warriors note in the latest Sheppard's Pie, we asked ourselves: how can you be such flibbertigibbets? None of the words mentioned have 'fallen out of use'.
Annie Lamb, ex Orb's Bookshop, Huntly.


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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
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

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