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UK: Ups and downs of life in a
bookshop: Chinese store leaves customers on a stairway to
A bookstore straight
from the pages of a book lover's fantasy has been brought to
life in an impressive architectural feat in China. Optical
illusions and mirrored ceilings make the Zhongshuge Bookstore in
Hangzhou, China feel never ending as thousands of colourful
covers are reflected from wall to wall heaven.
UK: Hold the front pages: meet the endpaper enthusiasts
Faced with the hideous maw that
is today’s news cycle, there could be little more soothing than
slipping into the esoteric world of We Love Endpapers,
a society for enthusiasts to share their favourite examples of
the most beautiful pages bookending tomes.
UK: Myth of King Arthur and Merlin revealed as experts discover
seven pages of a 700-year-old manuscript
Seven pages of a manuscript from the
Middle Ages have been unearthed in a library archive telling the
story of Camelot, King Arthur and Merlin. The pieces measure
around 8-12 inches (20-30 cm) and date back from the 13th
UK: Bookbinder Bernard Middleton has died aged 94
Born on 29 October 1924, legendary
bookbinder Bernard Middleton spent much of his life working with
British Library collection items at the Library’s bindery, then
known as the British Museum Bindery.
Italy: The tiny library bringing
books to remote villages
Antonio La Cava transformed his three-wheeled van into a
travelling library, the Bibliomotocarro, to make sure no child
goes without a book.
[Another example of an initiative that
could be adapted by our trade. But not - a three-wheeler and
very unstable! Ed.]
Canada: Regina man finds $18,000
comic book while cleaning home
The last thing Alan Neumiller expected
to find when he was rummaging through old stuff was a comic book
worth $18,000. "It was a fluke, I guess you could say,"
Neumiller told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning.
USA: Florida school unveils book vending machine
A book vending machine is now up and
running in Florida. At the drop of a coin, kids can pick up a
book of their choosing from a variety of subjects. A refurbished
machine is being used, and the scholastic dollars from Umatilla
Elementary School helps fill it.
reported these devices before - surely there is a use for
dealers to boost sales? Ed.]
USA: The most magical ‘Little
Free Library’ is built right into a tree stump
Stone steps lead up the sloped front
yard to what remains of the tree. The 10-foot-tall trunk has a
shingled roof that extends a little over the edges. A
lantern-style lamp lights a row of tiny faux wooden books that
make up the library’s decorative dentil molding. The real books,
however, are visible through a vintage window-turned-door.
USA: You can buy Hugh Hefner’s book collection and more at Rare
Books LA event
There’s an old
joke about Playboy magazine that suggests its readers
buy it for the articles. But jokes aside, magazine founder Hugh
Hefner was a reader. He had a diverse library, which included
works by Shel Silverstein, George Plimpton, David Halberstam and
Gay Talese, all authors who also contributed to Playboy, among
UK: PBFA Cambridge Premier Book Fair 15 and 16
The eagerly awaited PBFA Cambridge
Book Fair 2019 returns to the Guildhall with a vast array of books and topical
Material. This is a major event.
Taking place over two days, The PBFA
Cambridge Book Fair returns to the Guildhall on the 16th and 17th of February.
Featuring a staggering 85 plus exhibitors, the Fair continues to attract an
ever-increasing number of visitors year on year. Bibliophiles are drawn to the
wealth of material on offer, ranging from manuscripts, posters, science,
equestrian books, early printing, medicine, mountaineering and miniature books
through to first editions, children's and illustrated books. All the stock
provided by knowledgeable experts and independent booksellers from up and down
Sarah Key, one of the fair managers, anticipates that
will be some 'surprise highlights', currently not available to preview on the
website, to watch out for. Although more items will be added in the run up to
the fair, much covetable and rare material will only be made public at the event
itself. Confirmed highlights currently available to view online include a fine
first edition of C S Forster’s
African Queen which will be on offer at Bow
Windows Bookshop’s stand. Another highlight to seek out is a delightful Winnie
The Pooh book, from 1973, which features all the inhabitants of the 100 Acre
Wood seen in colour for the first time (Sarah Key stand) and John Underwood will
be bringing along some macabre trench art playing cards, created by 8th Duke of
Atholl in 1916.
Many rare local interest books and ephemera will also
be available to buy. Of particular note is the wonderfully spooky first edition
of ghost stories set in Jesus College - Tedious Brief Tales of Granta and
Gramarye – by Arthur Gray (Sarah Key stand) and the mystical Archaic Tracks
around Cambridge by A Watkins, discussing ley lines around the city (Missing
The Cambridge Book Fair is also delighted to confirm
that it will be supporting The Friends of Cambridge Central Library again this
year. They will be present over both days, continuing their sterling work in
raising awareness and funds in support of their campaign to keep the local
library open. And finally, The Indigo cafe will be offering a range of
affordable refreshments, including their famous flapjacks, which will surely
keep you content in between book browsing forays! As ever, complementary tickets
to the event are available to download from the website:
Non-ticket holders are equally welcome - they will be able to buy tickets for £2
on the door.
[The new PBFA website is due to be launched shortly.
All being well, there will be more about this new and exciting website to be
seen at Cambridge Book Fair, so keep an eye open for announcements. Ed.]
UK: Buxton Book Fair, Sunday 17 February
The next book fair takes place on Sunday 17 February from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Make a note now!
Jane Millington and colleagues
look forward to seeing you at the re- opened Octagon Room. Still in the Pavilion
Gardens, St. John's Road, Buxton,
Derbyshire SK17 6BE. There will be great support from dealers who will have - as
usual - a wide range of titles on offer. A great time to bag a bargain!
Admission: Adults: £1.50. Concessions: £1.00. Accompanied Children 12 and under:
Free. For further details please call Jane on 01782 542258.
Canada: Canada’s Smallest Book
Fair, 9 March
The Twenty-seventh annual
Westmount Antiquarian Book Fair, Canada’s Smallest Book Fair, will take place on
Saturday, 9 March 2019 at the Greene Centre, 1090 Greene Avenue, Westmount,
Quebec, Canada H3Z 1Z9, from 10am to 5.00pm. (Please note that Westmount is
adjacent to downtown Montreal). Exhibitors from Quebec and Ontario will offer
for sale a wide selection of books, maps, prints and ephemera in both English
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Sanders of Oxford
(Surveying the City -400 Years of Oxford Plans & Panoramas)
Altea Gallery Ltd (Miami
International Map Fair)
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