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…

  • Middle Class Cookery

    Middle Class Cookery Book

    Mutton dressed as lamb, anyone? This is a wonderful book from the thirties and not uncommon either, although this one is in great condition. It’s refreshing to see such an honest title too. All cookery books are middle class: today…

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  • The ultimate bibliomystery title, a first edition from 1937

    The Library Of Death

    I’ve been working on my website and have made a whole new section devoted to one of the loves of my life. Me and bibliomysteries have been together for over 20 years now and we’re still going strong. We’ve had…

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  • Aubrey Beardsley

    When is a Beardsley not a Beardsley? Fans of the decadent artist will find little they recognise in this slim pamphlet privately printed in Brighton, almost certainly in 1889. The cover carries the statement ‘Reprinted from the 1888 Xmas Entertainment…

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  • Books As They Were Made by Mavis Eggle

    These superb guides to ‘books as they were meant to be’ will be avaliable at the York Fair. They are written by Mavis Eggle and her knowledge and enthusiasm make them genuinely engaging as well as informative: ideal for beginners…

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  • Ye Ancient Tome

    This wonderful ancient vellum tome will quicken the pulse of any antiquarian seeing it on my shelf. Usually the pleasure is short lived as books like these often turn out to be very dull inside, such as a boring religious…

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