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International: Who said that water and rare books don't mix?
It is interesting and exciting the
way the ILAB celebrations of UNESCO World Book and Copyright
Day on April 23 are shaping up. Around 30 ILAB events will
'pop up' across the world all within the same 24 hours; this
What a day of contrasts! Just in the
United States alone the differences between Pop Up Fair
locations are great! From Oak Knoll's old Opera House in New
Castle, Delaware, built with its high ceilings by masons in
1879, to the elegant skyscraper premises of the Cliff
Dwellers Club in Chicago, Illinois, where Frank Lloyd Wright
and Carl Sandburg might have had drinks, to a cool brew pub
a short walk from downtown Portland, Oregon, there is plenty
of diversity. Across the world the contrasts keep coming.
UK: 'James Herriot' statue
A life-size statue of Alf Wight, better known by his pen
name James Herriot, has been installed in a North Yorkshire
market town. Wight wrote books which inspired the film and
TV series All Creatures Great and Small.
The statue cost £60,000, including £25,000 left in a will to
the World of James Herriot museum
UK: Clean Reader removes all
titles - victory for authors (See SC 407)
'Chocolat' author Joanne Harris is claiming a 'small victory
for the world of dirt' after an app that blanked out the
profanities in books, replacing them with so-called clean
alternatives, removed all titles from its online catalogue
following a week of angry protests from writers.
[See item in News and Comment - SC307)
USA: The strange, true
tale of the naked bookseller
In Quartzsite, Arizona, at the sprawling Reader's Oasis
Bookshop, readers can purchase their books from a man known
as the naked bookseller. Also known as Paul Winer or Sweet
Pie, the naked bookseller has been selling books for 24
the climate helps but it's a bit extreme! Ed.]
books still preferred by Malaysians
Used books still remain a preferred
choice for Malaysians to enrich knowledge despite the
variety of gadgets available in the market nowadays. A
Bernama survey came across ardent book collectors who choose
to maintain a 'manual' lifestyle because for them, old books
have very high sentimental value.
Politician’s Books Came From Libraries Across Italy
The authorities pursuing a thread in
one of the biggest rare book heists in Italian history said
this week that some of the 20,000 books seized two years ago
from the private Milan library of Marcello Dell’Utri, a
former senator in prison for Mafia association, had been
removed from public libraries and religious institutions
across Italy. The Carabinieri police in Monza, outside
Milan, said in a statement that a preliminary investigation
had found among the books “the presence of works removed
from public and ecclesiastical libraries, in a manner and at
a time still unknown.” The books date from the 15th to the
19th centuries and are valued at several million dollars,
the police added.
UK: Winnie-the-Pooh made new:
who should write the next chapters?
Another sequel to AA Milne’s
children’s classic has been approved. 'Time to consider the
authors who should write it', says Alison Flood (of the
Guardian). 'We live deep in the Hundred Acre
Wood in our house these days. My daughter is finally old
enough to enjoy – to love, actually – AA Milne’s stories of
Winnie and Piglet and Owl. I, alongside other classics from
my own childhood such as Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf,
The BFG, Pippi Longstocking and My Naughty Little Sister, am
delighted to read them to her. (I love picture books, but
wow, these are much more fun.)
Wales: Doodles and poems
found in Black Book of Carmarthen
Ghostly faces and snatches of text have been found hiding in
one of Wales' oldest and most important books. The
750-year-old Black Book of Carmarthen is the first Welsh
text to include medieval figures such as King Arthur and
Merlin. But for hundreds of years never-before-seen poetry
and pictures have been hidden to the naked eye. Now, thanks
to high resolution photography and UV lighting, some of its
secrets have finally been revealed.
USA: The Ubiquitous Bookstore
Joseph Esposito writes: So a new bookstore is going to have
to bring its offerings to where people are rather than the
other way around; a new bookstore has to be ubiquitous . . .
Great business advice often comes from unlikely sources.
Generals always fight the last war. This maxim came to
mind recently as a series of proposals has been bruited
about concerning building online bookstores. The proposals,
most of which are in the whisper stage, come from different
quarters. 'How can we combat Amazon?' trade publishers ask.
USA: Little Free Libraries: 5
years later, 25,000 in 50 states, 70 countries
We see them everywhere. Little Free
Libraries that look like miniature barns, chalets,
birdhouses, British telephone booths and other fancifully
decorated structures. Inside are all kinds of books -- from
romances to car repair -- that people can take without
asking permission, checking out or purchasing. They are
expected to replace the book with one of their own. "Our
position is that we are a global asset," said Todd Bol,
creator of the organisation whose motto is, "Take a book,
return a book".
UK: Is Amazon facing another
The contract between
'Big Five' book publisher HarperCollins and Amazon is about
to expire, and HarperCollins is refusing to sign an
agreement with the new terms that Amazon is asking, a source
with knowledge of the situation tells Business Insider.
week, we reported that HarperCollins is using Twitter to
sell books. This move is either a way of bringing
pressure to bear on Amazon - or - HarperCollins may have
long terms plans to break away. Of the latter, then we
all ought to keep an eye on possible options for book
Scotland: Glasgow Botanic
Book Fair, 3 to 6 April
The next Glasgow Botanics Book Fair takes place at the Glasgow Botanic
Gardens, Hopkirk Buildings, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730
Great Western Road, Glasgow, Scotland G12 0UE. The fair runs
from 10.00am to 5.00pm each day.
For more information:
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
Enquiries to Steven Fernando on 01935
UK: Churchdown Book Fair,
Sunday 5 April
that the next Churchdown Book Fair takes place this Sunday 5
April from 10am – 3.30pm at the Churchdown Community Centre,
Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucestershire GL3 2JH. It's easy
to access: leave the M5 at Junction 11, then follow signs to
Churchdown - the book fair will be signposted in village
where there is ample free parking on site and a flat and
Twenty plus dealers attend every
month coming from the Midlands, South West and Wales.
Admission 50p (Children under 16 free), trade free entry
from 9.30am with card.
Enquiries: Terry Sims
01452 546879 Email:
UK: Dedham Book Fair, 6 April
Easter Monday sees the return of the
annual Dedham Book Fair. Dedham lies midway between
Colchester and Ipswich, on the Essex/Suffolk borders.
Dedham was immortalised in several of Constable's paintings.
At this popular fair there will be a wide choice of books
including topography, natural history, childrens, poetry,
annuals, fiction and some postcards.
Held at the
Assembly Rooms (for 'satnav users' at CO7 6DE) open between
10.00am and 4.00pm on Easter Monday. Admission £1. Home made
It only happens once a year so
don't miss it.
Enquiries to Chris Missing on 01245 361609 or
Ireland: Dublin City Book
Fair, Easter Monday 6 April
The next Dublin City Book Fair takes place on Easter Monday,
6 March in the Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion Road, Dublin.
Doors will open at 11.00am and the fair closes at 5.00pm.
Admission is €2.00 and the Fair is 'Disability Friendly'. (ie:
no steps). Children, accompanied by adults are admitted
Items on offer include 'Georgian
Society Records' in 5 Volumes (Irish University Press), a
pirate edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover,
published 1928 and numbered; Wexford Gentry, Vol.1
and 2, signed, a large collection of Sailing and Nautical
books as well as many thousands of interesting items.
Dealers will offer free valuations on books and a bookbinder
will be on hand to advise on restoration.
UK: New book fair planned in
Kent 29 November - dealers invited
On Sunday the 29 November 2015 a new book fair will be held
in the Crofton Halls, Crofton Road, ORPINGTON, Nr Bromley,
Kent BR6 8PR. It will be the largest Book Fair in Kent.
It is hoped there will be 30 experienced dealers with a
great selection of quality antiquarian and secondhand books,
printed ephemera and maps. Several booksellers who regularly
attend major Fairs in the UK have already 'booked in'. The
cost for a 6 foot table and space for stack is £34. The Fair
will be open to the public between 10.00am and 3.00pm and
there is parking on site.
The venue is immediately
adjacent to Orpington main line railway station (with very
good access from Central London and the South East). There
is an excellent bus service and is 5 minutes from the High
Street and 15 minutes from the M25. Good publicity will be
given to this event which if successful will be held two or
three times a year.
Any dealers interested or
anyone wishing to be kept informed should contact Steve
Marshall at Pantiles Bookshop, 13 The Pantiles, Tunbridge
Wells, Kent TN2 5TD. Tel: 01892 618191 email:
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UK: Dominic Winter's Book Auction 8 April
Dominic Winter's 8 April
Book auction catalogue (544 lots) is now available
in print and online in various formats. The sale
includes Middle Eastern & Other Travel, British
Topography, Natural History, Maps, Decorative Prints
& Original Art, Periodicals, Antiquarian, Jane
Austen, French Literature & History, Decorative
Bindings & Illustrated Books, Art Reference, General
Literature, Cartons & Quantity.
the sale is likely to be a private collection of
Jane Austen novels and books including good first
editions of Pride and Prejudice (£20,0000-30,000),
Emma (£4,000-6,000), Northanger Abbey and Persuasion
(£4,000-6,000), Sense and Sensibility (£3,000-5,000)
and Mansfield Park (£3,000-4,000).
available are catalogues for sales on Friday 17th
and Saturday 18th April. The Friday sale comprises
192 lots of Islamic, Indian & Oriental Art, followed
by 226 lots of Photography 1850-2000. The Saturday
sale of 250 lots comprises Antique Furniture and
Books, Paintings, Silver and Militaria, largely from
the collection of the actor and historian Robert
Hardy, CBE, FSA.
For further information
please visit the website or contact Lynne Shipley
email@example.com or Claire Pitts
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have fallen out of use
Here is another - can you recall a word or phrase
that has fallen out of use?
'Fudgel' (verb) meaning
pretending to work.
(e.g. Our boss blocked
access to Facebook out of suspicion we were fudgeling!)
UK: Bell Street Bookshop
For the foreseeable future, the Bell Street Bookshop is now closed as an open shop; a difficult decision after more
than twenty-five years. We intend to keep the shop and use it as a base for our film
and furnishing work.
All enquiries should be directed
our site in Chiswick - Fosters' Bookshop, which now also
houses our internet stock, and the office.
As a result
of this change, we have extended the hours in Chiswick.
It is open Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm, and
Sunday from 11.00am to 5.00pm, except Easter and
Christmas. There is also a new email address covering
all aspects of the business
firstname.lastname@example.org Stephen Foster,
Fosters' Bookshop, 183 Chiswick High Road, London.
Toby writes: '32 years ago we opened a bookroom in the
Lamb Arcade in Wallingford, and 21 years ago we moved
200 yards from there to our current bookshop at 10
St. Mary’s Street. We are moving again, 50 feet back the
way we came, into offices at 6 St. Mary’s Street. Until
the 20 April we are offering all the books & prints on
the open shelves & walls of the shop at half the marked
'Although the books in the cabinets are
NOT in the sale, if you fall in love with those we may
be able to help you.'
Enquiries: Toby English
(01491) 836389 and
UK: Roadmaster Books
Malcolm Wright writes: 'Having now attained the grand
age of 65, I have decided that after having six
shops in Rochester & Chatham that I am going to
concentrate on my writing of local books and for
transport journals. Having started the first secondhand
bookshop in Rochester (1976) since Rupert Croft Cooke's
ventures in the late 40s & early 1950s he currently runs
a small shop, with my wife Sue, in Rochester High
Street on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays.'
entire secondhand stock is available either as a whole
or as separate sections. The shop is particularly good
and known locally for its range of literature, theology,
science & maths, geography, history and classical music
as well as its two subject specialisms of: transport and
local history. As well as books there is also a stock of
over 5,000 classical CDs, cassettes and vinyl also
available. There will be a clearance sale starting soon
so any trade buyers are welcome to come along but we
will be closed from 2 to 13 May on holiday and closed
again on Saturday 16 May for a family event. Shop
opening hours are between 10.00am and 4.30pm and we are
located at 105 High Street in Rochester (opposite Subway
& Frances Iles Art Gallery on the corner of the French
Hospital (La Providence) of which the late Paul Minet
was a governor! Whilst in Rochester there is also City
Books & Baggins Book Bazaar to visit so why not spend
the day in Rochester.
Our phone numbers are:
01634 862843 outside shop hours and 07813632623 during
shop hours. You can e:mail us on
|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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Catalogues received this week include:
Gaston Renard Pty Ltd (Languages and Dictionaries)
Douglas Stewart Fine Books Pty Ltd (April's
Sophia Rare Books (New
York Book Fair edition)
Grosvenor Prints (Satire, caricature, engravings, mezzotints, drolls)
St Philip's Books (Art,
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Scholastic, Spirituality, Philosophy, Fine & Rare; Church
History, New Testament)
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Publisher. We welcome letters on any subject concerning the
Drones - No way!
There is NO WAY that Amazon are ever going to
use drones to deliver books or anything else. This is just a
publicity stunt. The whole concept is unworkable.
Will each drone have it's own 'pilot'? (Very economical) -
they certainly won't be controlled by a computer. How will
they deliver the books? Just leave them on the ground
outside your house - they certainly won't be able to put
them through the letter box. How will they avoid overhead
phone/electricity lines, what happens when they pass through
areas of 'no signal'? Batteries run out? Attacked or stolen?
Don't Amazon deliver 1000s of books a day - 1000s of drones,
I don't think so!
I cannot understand why the
media persists on running this story - it is just free
publicity for Amazon and is complete twaddle. Garth
O'Donnell, Bristol Books, Bristol.
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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
|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
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