Our Book Gallery

Hi!

We've set up this page so that we can showcase the best and most interesting books we take in.

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Book of Hours - Louis d'Orleans

Spine detail

Box detail. The reproduction comes 
with an equally beautiful and informative 
reference work in English and Spanish. 
The photos show details of our copy of Moleiro's Book of Hours of Louis of Orleans, a museum-worthy reproduction of the fifteenth century original.
Sample of inside pages-note the glowing colours and the careful horticultural detail. 

Illustrated Books

I wanted to showcase a number of our illustrated books, some of which are well known; others, less so. Not all of these are currently in stock; the purpose of this post is to show the type of books we get in on a regular basis. 

First up is the American natural history 'reader' (I use the term loosely) The School of the Woods by Rev. William Long. Published in 1902 it was the sixth instalment of Long's 'Wood Folk' series which were issued to schools throughout the States.

However, along with its companions it became controversial. The books' anthropomorphic portrayals of animals directly contradicted prevailing early 20th century scientific wisdom that said that animals were creatures of instinct incapable of many of the 'higher order' skills attributed to them by the author. Long disputed these claims, arguing that animals could indeed observe and learn from experience, but to no avail. President Theodore Roosevelt himself personally insisted that all Long's books be removed from school libraries.

Controversies aside, our copy is a beautiful book with bright gilding and many illustrations by Charles Copeland, several of which can be seen in the photos!
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Our second book is Washington Irving's Sketch Book. This is the revised edition published by Ward, Lock and Co. with ornately gilded boards. It contains a substantial preface from Irving himself, detailing the history of the original version and its publication in the UK. It is, as the title implies, a compilation of miscellanea comprising autobiographical sketches, stories such as Rip Van Winkle and various other articles on topics such as "Christmas Day" or "Westminster Abbey"—all of which serve to remind that these were written in England for a primarily American readership. There are a huge number of woodcut illustrations by nearly as many artists, some of which may be seen below:
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Then we have a lovely copy of the Cranford edition of Reynard the Fox, which is the retelling of an old story. The illustrator, Frank Calderon, was a Victorian painter particularly well regarded for his skill at depicting animals—making him eminently well suited for the task he undertook here. (Sold)
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And now for something rather special. We have a 1938 hardback edition of Kenneth Grahame's classic The Wind in the Willows. This was the first version to use the now iconic illustrations by E.H. Shephard. No more needs to be said!
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Whilst we're on the subject of classics, we also have an early British printing of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court. So early, in fact, that it uses the title A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur. It was published in London by Chatto & Windus in 1889 and illustrated throughout by Daniel Beard. There are 220 of these and they are delightful; some examples can be seen below.
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