A New Look at Old Books

I started a blog of this name in 2006, which turned into a monthly column in Book and Magazine Collector. As the name suggests it was written to encourage book-lovers to take a different approach to building up a collection. There are millions of old books out there, and many are far more interesting than the same old titles and themes trotted out by established authorities like… well, Book and Magazine Collector, for one. I hated all those ‘Hundred Most Expensive Books You’ll Never Own’ articles and encouraged collectors to look elsewhere for inspiration. I still do…

  • Books and the Letter B

    The Letter B; or, Book Collecting

    A beautiful gilt binding, yes – and look at that letter ‘B’! It’s in my logo and I had it adapted from this book. Slater writes very knowledgeably about the technical anatomy of books and also the foibles of collectors….

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  • Bar Broad; or, A Lush For Lust.

    Now I don’t know what you’re expecting here but as I’ve got your attention there are two points I’d like to look at. Firstly this is a PBO – a paperback original, the first edition being this paperback rather than a…

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  • Not Actually Forbidden Love; or, For Women Only.

    ‘For Women Only’ claims the title, and as it was published in 1969 I suppose anything was possible.  The come-on text on the cover must have had the publishers rolling over the desks with laughter – but that’s where the…

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  • Entitled to Love, or Egyptian Love.

    ‘Happily Ever After’… ‘The Devil Shed Tears’… ‘Love in Morocco’… she could conjure up a good title, could Countess Helene Magriska. Including her own, as it happens. Know as Enid Brockies to her friends, the pseudonymous scribe made East meets…

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  • East Meets West; or, The Lady in the Veil

    In the first half of the twentieth century ‘East Meets West’ was a familiar theme in popular fiction. Written mainly by white women, a great deal of it was set in India and centred on the thrills ‘n’ spills of…

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