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…

  • 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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  • Oh dear, he’s at it again…

    Well I can’t resist them. And neither can you. You know you can’t. Go on look at them look at them… Ahem. Where was I? Oh yes. So, if wayward wives, dangerous dames and ruthless rogues are your bag, I’ve…

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  • All Roads Lead To York

    But the sea, it appears, only gets as near as Robin Hood Bay. Still, this is a truly wonderful map. It is bright, clean and crisp and shows the north coast of England, from Robin Hood’s Bay up to ‘Coket…

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