26 November 2013
The Exemplary Edition of the SAS War Diary has been won by a Telegraph reader from Northern Ireland. We are especially delighted that the winner comes from Paddy Mayne's hometown of Newtownards and that in a quirk of fate our winner comes from a community that has been raising funds for a copy of the Diary to be placed in their local library. So this very special copy of the Diary has gone to a home where its significance is understood and where it will be hugely appreciated.
30 October 2013
The Telgraph of Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of November will feature two, 8-page pullouts featuring material from the SAS War Diary. One lucky reader will also be able to win an exemplary edition of the SAS War Dairy worth £15,000. You can see the promotion on the Telegraph website,
4 September 2013
I know that this is a book blog but I cannot resist bringing The Space Pirates of Rocquaine to your attention. Released this summer in a limited edition of just 500 copies this is an album to make your heart sing. If you could bottle this infectious energy and enthusiasm you would make your fortune, as it is sit back and rock along with the pirates.
3 July 2013
Toilers of the Sea
I have recently been chatting with Joe Whitlock-Blundell at the Folio Society. I was explaining that I had always wanted to see a full English translation complete with the 36 illustrations that VIctor Hugo bound into the original manuscript. I have long maintained that these images were as important to the novel as the text and that the two make a single integrated artwork. Joe is hugely enthusiastic and tells me that if I can find enough people to agree that Folio will produce one one their wonderful limited editions, complete with all the images. So I am going to start a Channel Island wide campaign to see if we can't get a complete Toilers published. Email me for more details: email@example.com
25 June 2013
Lots of old friends and lots of new ones at the London Antiquarian Book Fair. Derek Hood was taking his turn on the Designer Bookbinders stand and Shepherds were showing off their indestructible Explorer notebooks from their Wiltshire Barn Project, which helps with the rehabilitation of services personnel. The Explorer is ideal for Christmas, but hurry as they are selling like hot cakes and rightly so..
New friends included Judith Wiesner, expert conservator. Judith gave us a crash course in paper conservation, showing us why you really shouldn't try this at home. If you have valuable paper that needs restoring look no further. You can check out the before and after images on her website if you need convincing.
We were also delighted to meet Enitharmon, one of the few British publishers commissioning collaborations between distinguished artists and writers. We brought a copy of Side by Side by Gilbert and George and lusted after the sumptuous My Yorkshire by David Hockney, in a deluxe limited edition. Not only have they have been publishing stunning books since 1997 they are based around the corner from us, once we’ve been round for coffee, we’ll tell you what they are up to next!
Last and not least Glyn and the team from the St Bride Foundation, keeping the art of printing alive, with classes and a world class typographic library. When you are in London you need to go and see them - really you do.
4 June 2013
Back from the Book Expo in an absolutely sweltering New York, but hey, we go so you don't have too. Sadly there was no sign of either Scriptorium or Moliero, both of whom had been listed as attending from an out of date list. However we did catch up with the charming Giorgio Armaroli from Scripta Maneant, who was showing their facsimile of the British Library's Pslater of Robert de L'Isle.
Containing two of the masterpieces of the fourteenth century, the 39 pages of the Psalter are lavishly embellished with gold and of the 450 copies being made, 40 will be completed in 22 carat gold tooling. The results are well worth the wait and the book was getting a lot of attention at the show. Our photos weren’t taken under the best of conditions, but they do show something of the impact the book has. The facsimile comes complete with a companion volume and is packaged in a Perspex box for more information visit Scripta Maneant.
23 May 2013
We are off to New York for Book Expo America and hugely looking forward to it. Among the specialist publishers exhibiting are , Heritage Edizioni and Scripta Maneant, whose De Lisle Psalter which is wholly printed on vellum looks absolutely stunning. We are also keen to see works by Scriptorium for the first time as they have just produced their first work on vellum. Hopefully when we get back we can fill you in on the details.
9 May 2013
The list of presses and booksellers attending this year's Oxford fine press book fair in November has just been released and it is looking to be the biggest and best fair yet. We will bring you a list of the delegates and as many links to their websites as we can manage. Apologies if you are left out - just get in touch and we will put you on the blog. Of the presses, publishers and booksellers there are two Canadian , eleven from the USA, three from France, two from Ireland, two from Germany, two from Spain and one each from Australia, Russia and the Netherlands.
18 April 2013
We saw less limited editions and facsimiles at the fair this year, but were very happy to catch up with the glamorous Lucia and Francesca from Franco Cosimo Panini. You may remember Panini as producers of stickers and books to put them in for children, however Lucia's father was an enthusiastic antiquarian book collector and that led him into publishing renaissance masterpieces. Click on their name to see the fabulous books on their website.
Also at the show was Armin Sinnwell of Faksimile Verlag. Armin always has something stunning on display and this year he excelled himself with the Codex Aureus, which he is proudly showing off in the photo. It is a breathtaking work and limited to just 333 copies.
12 April 2013
Its that time of year again as the London Book Fair starts on Monday. We will be there - stand R801 - do please come and see us. We'll also be having a good look around for limited editions and facsimiles, although it looks as if there are less specialist publishers than last year.
This year we are also visiting Book Expo America, in New York in late May where we will be checking out what's happening stateside.
Then we'll be back for the London Antiquarian Book Fair on June 13th , 14th and 15th. In a new innovation LIVE at the Antiquarian Book Fair will be featuring binding, calligraphy, and letter press work. Look out for our seminar, Everything You Wanted to Know About Books But Were Afraid to Ask.
June will see us at the International Medieval Conference in Leeds and then we'll be at the Oxford Fine Press Fair in Oxford in November. It only happens every other year and is undoubtedly the finest fine press and art book show in Europe, not to be missed.
In between we'll be bringing you sneak previews of up and coming editions and looking at some of the finest binding in the country. If you love books - keep an eye on us.
7 February 2013
I NEVER MET A BOOK...
I no sooner see a book: I need it!
[Even though I'll never read it],
Books in any binding, any font;
Though it’s always my ambition
To acquire a first edition —
I never met a book I didn’t want!
Of my rivals in the chase: (God bless ’em!)
How I long to dispossess ’em —
Dreams of bookish burgling haunt my sleep,
Though the smell of vellum lingers
On a dreaming felon’s fingers —
I never dreamt a book I didn’t keep!
‘Would you care to borrow this?’: I have it!
(Swear me out an affidavit!)
Flattery finds fools who never learn;
Those who loan ’em — losers weepers!
I disown ’em! Finders keepers! —
I never took a book I could return!
By kind permission of Felix Dennis