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WHAT WILL THE FOLLOWING HAVE IN COMMON ON APRIL 23?
1. Spanish Lessons
for Antiquarian Booksellers in Budapest
Halal Butcher Displays Rare Books on Cattle in Shop Window
3. London's Historic Inn Library Welcomes Antiquarian
Booksellers to Pop Up Amidst
4. Vienna's Brand New Museum of Literature Says
Yes to Antiquarian Booksellers
5. 19th Century Woolshed
in the Australian Bush Hours from a Major City Becomes
a Book Fair
6. Rare Books for Sale on Top of a Chicago
Guess . . .
What will these
locations - and a number of other quirky locations with
antiquarian booksellers have in common next Thursday April
Yes . . .
ILAB'S CELEBRATION OF
UNESCO'S WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT
DAY 2015 IS THE CORRECT
to liven up the antiquarian book world? Want to introduce
others to the world of out of print books?
First Folio lends drama to the Sydney ILAB Pop Up Book Fair
ANZAAB will hold three Pop-up Book Fairs on 23 April 2015,
in Sydney and in country Victoria (Dunkeld and Hamilton).
The Sydney pop-up fair will be held in the Gallery Room,
Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, and will be launched
at 12 midday by Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir.
In conjunction with the Sydney fair, the State Library of
NSW will showcase its rare Shakespeare First Folio titled
Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies.
Holding 36 of the Bard's original plays, it is the only
known copy in Australia and will be on display alongside the
Library's copies of the Second, Third and Fourth Folios. The
Library's rare books expert, Maggie Patton, will be on hand
to share fascinating stories including the near loss of 18
of Shakespeare's original plays and how the Library came to
possess the First Folio.
Western Victoria is the
home to ANZAAB members Guy Stephens (Bellcourt
Books) and Roz Greenwood (Roz Greenwood Old and
Rare Books), who, together with local booksellers Brian
and Betty Lacy, have organized not one but two Pop-up
Book Fairs. The first of the two fairs will be held in the
shared foyer of Hamilton's Library and Art Gallery from
11.30 am to 1.30pm. The second fair will take place in
Dunkeld in the early evening at the Mount Sturgeon Woolshed,
a superb bluestone colonial building. Visitors will be able
to enjoy a glass of wine at the fair and, afterwards, attend
a celebratory dinner at or which a special set menu has been
www.anzaab.com for more information
USA: Can you really make a
living by selling used books on Amazon for a penny?
Sometime in early 2013, in Dallas, Texas, a generous reader
donated his impeccable first-edition copy of Philip Roth’s
Our Gang to the local Goodwill store, its royal blue dust
jacket gleaming as brilliantly as it did in 1971.
There it sat on a shelf, priced at $1, until a semi-trailer
from Books Squared whisked it away among 3,000 other
leftovers. At the Books Squared warehouse in south-west
Dallas, Our Gang was checked and processed by receivers and
a scrupulous quality-control team, who deemed the book “like
new” before scanning it into their computer system to be
[This is a lengthy article that
appeared in the Guardian but well worth reading. Ed]
New Zealand: Featherston - a
new book town
Wairarapa town of Featherston is connecting to its history
with WW1 and railways to become New Zealand’s member of the
International Organisation of Booktowns (IOB). The founding
group is Creative Featherston Inc.
Booktown’s website has been launched and invitations sent to
second-hand and antiquarian bookshops, authors and book
related artisans throughout New Zealand to take part in a
major two day celebration of the book in October this year.
Featherston has been accepted to the first level of
membership by the IOB, joining Hay on Wye in the UK, Clunes,
Vic. in Australia and a score of other towns from Norway to
USA: Improbable libraries:
unusual places to bury your head in a book
Does your library arrive at your
home on an elephant? Perhaps it floats down the river? Is it
in your local telephone box, railway station – or even your
back garden? Librarians have a long history of overcoming
geographic, economic and political challenges to bring the
written word to an eager audience. They continue to live up
to that reputation, despite the rapid and sweeping changes
in how we read and share books in the 21st century. Part of
the change is architectural. Instead of the stately
structure in the centre of town with which we are usually
most familiar, your local library might now be anything from
a pop-up to an imaginative architectural masterpiece
resembling a shelf of books or the inside of an iceberg.
Nicholls: Browsing bookshops then buying online is a
'genteel form of shoplifting'
One Day author David Nicholls has
spoken of how 'a town without a bookshop is missing
something', as figures show that 57 independent bookshops
[selling just new books] closed in the UK last year.
According to the Booksellers Association, the number of
independent booksellers in the UK continues to decline. Ten
years ago, in 2005, there were 1,535; five years ago, in
2010, there were 1,159; and in 2014, there were 939.
Giving the keynote speech at the London Book Fair’s Digital
Minds conference on Monday, the bestselling writer spoke of
the six months he has spent touring with his latest novel
Us, published last autumn. During the publicity tour he
noticed the closure of stores in New York and London,
singling out the loss of Exmouth Market’s Clerkenwell Tales
for particular regret. “I felt an all too familiar sadness,
usually accompanied by guilt because while you’re sorry the
shop has gone, you’re also vaguely aware that you hadn’t
bought anything there for a while,” he told his audience.
- who they are, what they do, and why YOU should NEVER
purchase from them.
Books had been selling books online since about 1995. Over
the years the business has seen many changes in our own
company's site as well as at sites like Abebooks.com,
Amazon.com, and Alibris.
One of the worst
developments has been the rise of the BOOKJACKERS.
Who is a bookjacker? A more appropriate question may be what
is a bookjacker. From Zubal has been able to piece together,
there are about 40 'sellers' on major websites.
UK: Labour Party claims last
government of 'failing to protect public libraries'.
Labour has accused the Coalition
Government failing in its duty to protect public libraries,
saying its legacy would be 'boarded-up libraries and fewer
people opening the front door, let alone opening a book.'
In statements from political parties published this month in
Post-Lib, the journal for the Retired Members Guild of
CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information
Professionals, shadow culture minister Chris Bryant attacked
the Government record, and laid out his own party's vision
Australia: Rare books
including one owned by King Charles I donated to Victoria's
first-hand accounts of the execution of King Charles I are
among an extraordinary collection of books and pamphlets
donated to the State Library of Victoria (SLV). Valued at up
to $8 million, the collection also contains early editions
of noted writers including Chaucer, Milton, Defoe, and
USA: In This
Digital Age, Book Collecting Is Still Going Strong
Dealers say demand for rare and
collectible books has stayed stable despite disruption from
digital media. Digital disruption notwithstanding, book
collecting appears to be alive and well, sustained in part
by the very same people who are driving adoption of
smartphones, tablets, e-readers and the like.
J T Bachman, a 28-year-old architect with Rockwell Group in
New York. He gets his news from digital sources but prefers
printed material when reading for pleasure and says he has
become a recent convert to book collecting. Mr. Bachman says
he has about 100 new, used and out-of-print titles on his
shelves, including the architectural tome 'Herzog & de
Meuron: Natural History' by Pierre de Meuron and Jacques
Herzog, and plans on buying more.
UK: Age shall not weary them:
Diana Athill, 97, and Edna O'Brien, 84, are stars of London
published her previous memoir, a Costa award-winning, and
bestselling, reflection on ageing and death, at the age of
90. Intending it to be her final book, she called it
Somewhere Towards the End. But the end, it turns out, is
still a way off, as Athill is currently writing a further
volume of memoir, to be published next year just in time for
her 99th birthday.
UK: PBFA's Travel &
Exploration Book Fair, Sunday 19 April
The next Travel & Exploration Book Fair, now in
its 20th year, takes place on Sunday 19 April at The Royal
Geographical Society (RGS) 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7
2AR. Admission is £2 (RGS fellows free). Refreshments are
available. The fair runs from 11.00am - 5.00pm offering a
chance to purchase rare and beautiful books and manuscripts
detailing travels to all parts of the world. It attracts
interest from not only seasoned collectors of books and
travel memorabilia, but also has a strong appeal to the
public in general.
John Bonham, organiser of the
fair and RGS fellow, said: “The fair offers an experience
that online buying simply can’t match – the buzz of being at
a book fair and the chance to see and handle rare books
owned by dealers, all of whom have an expert knowledge of
their field. For many first time visitors it can mark the
beginning of a new quest in life.”
fair features books, photographs, maps, prints, and ephemera
that celebrate several anniversaries:
of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition to the Antarctic;
150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, by
and his party;
and the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.
Twenty-five booksellers will also offer the public a chance
to buy items relating to travel and exploration in all
regions of the world: Africa, the Americas, Asia,
Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, the Poles, as well as
books on military expeditions and mountaineering:
To see the lists of highlights and exhibitors visit the
UK: PBFA's Oxford Book Fair,
25 and 26 April
annual PBFA Oxford
Book Fair is one of the largest events in the
antiquarian, rare and second-hand book, map, print and
ephemera calendar. In 2015 over 100 dealers will
offer tens of thousands of rare and collectable items.
The venue is the Oxford Brookes University,
Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford OX3 0BP. Admission: £2
or free via the website - opening hours are Saturday 25
April from Noon - 6.00pm, and Sunday 26 April 10.0am-4.00pm.
Oxford Mail has published a preview headed
- "Wings for Victory" campaign in Oxfordshire revealed by
artwork thought to be unpublished.
This year the
organisers have erected 12 lamp post banners along roads
where the traffic is frequently slow moving - these should
attract a wider audience.
For further information
please contact: Tom Lintern-Mole (07921 151496,
or Peter Hill (07703 533866,
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AntiquarianAuctions' Sale No. 42
The on-line auction site
www.antiquarianauctions.com is running
Sale Number 42 from today until 5.30 pm (UK
Time) on Thursday 23 April. 400 items are being
offered by booksellers from the UK, US, Canada,
South Africa and Slovenia.
Sander's Reichenbachia, & John Barrow's
A Voyage to
Cochinchina. Click on images to enlarge.
Some of the highlights are
Lot 2: Frederick Sander's Reichenbachia.
Orchids Illustrated and Described, a complete set of
the four elephant folio volumes published between
1888 & 1894. Altogether 192 orchid species are
reproduced by chromolithography from original
paintings by Henry G Moon with 434 pages of
accompanying descriptive text (in English, French
and German) and line drawings. A very good set,
printed by J French of London over a period of eight
years (Reserve $12,500).
Lot 13. John
Barrow's A Voyage to Cochinchina in the Years
1792 & 1793. Containing a General View of the
Valuable Productions and the Political Importance of
this Flourishing Kingdom, illustrated with 18 hand
coloured aquatint plates after by W. Alexander and
Samuel Daniell (Reserve $2000).
Voyages à travers le monde et l'industrie des
Lot 25. Jean-Baptiste Amable Rigaud's Voyages à
travers le monde et l'industrie des nations,
(circa 1868), with sixteen hand coloured
lithographs. The last section concerns Oceania and
Australia. The chapters in the section on the
Americas include sugar cane, cotton, Mexico,
California, Panama, Araucania, Guayana, Brasil,
Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile and Patagonia
Lot 142. Josephus:
Opera. [The Greek Editio Princeps]. The first
edition of classical Jewish historian Josephus'
works in their original Greek, taken from the
manuscripts of the Spanish ambassador to Venice,
Diego Hurtado Mendoza, and arranged and edited by
Dutch humanist scholar Arnoldus Arlenius.
Beautifully printed, with Froben's printer's mark of
two crowned serpents entwining a caduceus on the
title-page, this book is an excellent example of the
quality of typography and scholarship which was so
dynamic in the 16th century (Reserve $3000).
Scenery and Animals
Click on images to enlarge
Finally lot 150,
Daniell's African Scenery and Animals
(1976), is a copy of the fine facsimile reprint of
the large folio of aquatint plates first published
in 1804-5. This is AntiquarianAuctions' contribution
to the ILAB Pop Up Book Fair project which will be
held on World Books & Copyright day on 23rd April.
All proceeds will be donated to the UNESCO-ILAB
World Book Day initiative 2015 (see Sheppard's
Newsletter No. 409, 10th April, for full
All lots are extensively
illustrated on the site. To bid please register at:
Booksellers wishing to sell on Antiquarian
Auctions' monthly sales should contact:
Michael Treloar's Military History Auction, 30 April
The next on-line auction is on Military History and
it starts at 19:00 ACST on Thursday 30 April 2015.
The lots include a fine selection of rare and
important photographs, letters, ephemera and books
relating predominantly to the First World War,
including sections on 19th-century military history,
the Boer War and the Second World War.
Highlights include a superb group of fifteen
unrecorded panoramic photographs of Gallipoli, a
collection of unique half-plate glass negatives
featuring First World War Australian servicemen, a
suite of graphic (and very candid) letters from an
Australian soldier on the Western Front, and the
identity tag of a prisoner of war of the Japanese in
the Second World War.
For more information
www.treloars.com or write to
have fallen out of use
Here is another - can you recall a word or phrase
that has fallen out of use?
'Cockalorum: noun. A boastful person'.
If you have a favourite word that is no longer commonly
used, do send it in. Ed.
Ros King (Heatons, Tisbury)
writes: In Tisbury (Wiltshire) we are holding a town
wide 'Brocante' on the Bank Holiday Monday 4 May with
spaces for stalls and a talks from a local bookdealer
Jane Arnold plus Marc Allum and others. Information re
stalls etc visit
www.tisburybrocante.co.uk as more sellers the
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|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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R G Watkins Books and Prints (Recent acquisitions)
Sanders of Oxford Antique Print & Maps (Oxford from the unusual to iconic)
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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
Edinburgh Book Fair
Andy Betchley's letter about the licence fee
that booksellers are charged in Edinburgh is a bit puzzling.
It would be interesting to know what right Edinburgh Council
has to charge such fees. Maybe the law is different in
Scotland, but it is difficult to see how anyone can be asked
to buy a licence to sell books at a fair.
used to run a book fair in Leicestershire, Leicester City
Council relied on their market charter to insist that anyone
who wanted to hold a market (in the legal sense) within 6
miles of the Leicester market would need the City Council's
permission - which was given in exchange for paying them a
few hundred pounds. I battled with them about this,
challenging them to produce the charter, but they never did.
So on what basis and on what authority is Edinburgh Council
charging individuals for a licence, and what happens if
people just ignore it? Maybe it's a job for the local MP or
MSP to take on.
David Siddons, Forest Books,
As a point of
information England has only one Book Town, Sedbergh, the
other two are located in Scotland & Wales! Or as stated
later in UK. Richard van der Voort, At the Sign of the
Dragon Bookshop, Wigtown, Scotland.
you for pointing this out. We missed this in the the news
item that appeared in the
Bookseller. Their report is also now out of date - see 'Featherston
- a new book town' in this week's News. Ed.]
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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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