Uncommon Christmas Titles – and presents

Uncommon Christmas Titles – and presents As Christmas draws near it is interesting to see how publishers market their festive books. Consider the four “Uncommon Christmas Titles” collection illustrated by Arthur Rackham. These are four soft backed smaller books, The Night Before Christmas (1931), The King Of The Golden River (1932), Goblin Market (1933) and The … Read more

William Golding books inspiring light.

William Golding books inspiring light. “At the moment of vision, the eyes see nothing.” writes William Golding in his novel of The Spire. A book which deals with the construction of the 404-foot high spire and is loosely based on Salisbury Cathedral. Indeed visitors to the tallest tower in Britain have carefully trod in semi- darkness. That is until … Read more

Book Collecting

Book Collecting Rare and Antique Books have recently acquired four signed Kinglesy Amis books from the Dr Philip Murray Collection. It is a great opportunity to remind ourselves of  the obsession of book collecting, or biblomania. Murray gamely recognises that it “is the only form of collecting other than kleptomania that has a medical name attached to it”. … Read more

C. S. Lewis- A Remarkable Life

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) A Remarkable Life The William Nicholson’s play “Shadowlands” is currently touring the UK portraying the remarkable romance between C.S. Lewis and an American called Joy Davidman. It provides opportunity to be learn more about the personal life of the bachelor academic and author and to be reminded of the works of C.S. Lewis. His … Read more

The charm of the Babar’s ABC

The charm of the Babar’s ABC Rare and Antique books has just acquired a rare first edition Babar’s ABC published by Methuen, London and what a charm it is! There is a double charm of the book: one that the book does not tell a story as Jean de Brunhoff’s other works did, and two, … Read more

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