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By its cover: E. McKnight Kauffer

By its cover: E. McKnight Kauffer

September 23, 2016.

Colourful, carefully designed and highly produced; dust jackets are now ubiquitous in book publishing and are an important tool for publishers in making books look appealing to readers and communicating at a glance what they might find inside. However, it hasn’t always been so easy to judge a book by its cover. The use of

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Buried treasure and trouble-making: the lesser-known works of Roald Dahl

Buried treasure and trouble-making: the lesser-known works of Roald Dahl

September 16, 2016.

The 13th September 2016 marked the celebration of Roald Dahl 100, the one hundredth birthday of one of the best-loved children’s authors of all time. Into the lives of children all over the world, Dahl’s books have brought the joy of whizzpopping with the BFG, the voracious reading habits of Matilda, the thrill of terror

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A Noiseless Flash: Hiroshima by John Hersey

A Noiseless Flash: Hiroshima by John Hersey

August 31, 2016.

Today marks 70 years since the publication of John Hersey’s landmark article ‘Hiroshima’, which appeared in the New Yorker on 31st August 1946. The entire editorial space in the issue was given over to the story, the first and only time in the publication’s history that such a thing occurred. Bringing together the accounts of six

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Peter Harrington Newsletter 29/08/16

Peter Harrington Newsletter 29/08/16

August 29, 2016.

In our occasional newsletter, we update you on all the latest developments at Peter Harrington. This issue features: Our new iPad app; misleading news articles about ‘rare’ Harry Potter books; The Bloomsbury Group; the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám; staff favourites from the summer catalogue; modernists at Dover Street; music at Fulham Road. News The Peter Harrington App

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Bloomsberries

Bloomsberries

August 26, 2016.

Leafy London squares, boldly painted furniture, cottage-style gardens and unorthodox ménages: the loose circle of writers and artists which came to be known as the Bloomsbury Group are perhaps as well-known for their aesthetic tastes and personal lives as for the works which are their cultural legacy. Yet, when they first began to meet on

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Nightingales and Roses: the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Nightingales and Roses: the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

August 17, 2016.

Perhaps one of the best-known, best-loved and most-illustrated poems in the English language, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is a unique publishing phenomenon. Translated (or, as Fitzgerald put it, ‘transmogrified’) from the quatrains of 11th century Persian poet, philosopher and mathematician Omar Khayyam by Edward Fitzgerald and first published in 1859 in pamphlet form, it

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Peter Harrington Summer Catalogue 2016: Staff Favourites

Peter Harrington Summer Catalogue 2016: Staff Favourites

August 12, 2016.

  “Let us go, then, exploring, this summer morning, when all are adoring the plum blossom and the bee.” ― Virginia Woolf, Orlando (Summer Catalogue, item 256)   Spanning almost three centuries, our Summer Catalogue brings together our most interesting recent acquisitions. From a collection of poems addressed to a prima ballerina to a record produced by

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Portrait of a Little-Known Artist: Alexandre Antoine Girardot

Portrait of a Little-Known Artist: Alexandre Antoine Girardot

August 3, 2016.

Virtually unknown but highly-talented, first generation French Orientalist painter Alexandre Antoine Girardot (1815–c.1877) has left but few traces of what must have been an unusual and adventurous life. Born in Paris in February 1815, he enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts on 6 October 1836. A student of Blondel, he exhibited regularly at the Salon between

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Magna Carta: Evolution and Emblem

Magna Carta: Evolution and Emblem

July 29, 2016.

Erwin N Griswold, Dean of Harvard Law School, perhaps best alluded to the place of the Magna Carta in contemporary thought when he noted in 1965 that it ‘is not primarily significant for what it was but rather for what it was made to be’. The evolution of this most famous of documents from a

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For Little Rabbits – The Books of Beatrix Potter

For Little Rabbits – The Books of Beatrix Potter

July 27, 2016.

Hello readers! There are still a few days left to see our catalogue – Beatrix Potter, a Selection from the Library of an English Bibliophile – in our Dover Street bookshop. For those of you who have been unable to see the collection in person, I’ve picked out a few items below that help to chart the author’s

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