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Gustav Klimt

November 14, 2014.

In his “Commentary on a Non-Existent Self-Portrait”, Gustav Klimt wrote: “I have never painted a self-portrait. I am less interested in myself as a subject for a painting than I am in other people, above all women…There is nothing special about me. I am a painter who paints day after day from morning to night…Whoever

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Doré’s London

Doré’s London

November 7, 2014.

Gustave Doré’s illustrations of Victorian London are not only singularly beautiful, but revealed to his contemporaries the harsh reality of life in this vibrant city. Although it was not a depiction of London which was received well by British critics, the Frenchman succeeded in creating a timeless vision of the city before him.   Doré’s

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The Moral Alphabet: A is for Admiration

October 18, 2014.

The Moral Alphabet is a whimsical romp from A-Z which has delighted children and adults since its publication in 1899. Written by Hilaire Belloc, the anglo-French writer, Peter Harrington has acquired a copy originally belonging to much-lauded Great War poet Rupert Brooke.   Brooke was an ardent fan of the work of Belloc, and his

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Freedom, Photography and The Great Depression

Freedom, Photography and The Great Depression

October 12, 2014.

At the height of the Great Depression, photographer Doris Ulmann and writer Julia Peterkin traveled to South Carolina to photograph the descendants of freed slaves. The resultant stunning volume was printed with 90 photographs, entitled Roll, Jordan, Roll. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful collections of photography produced in the 20th

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A Family Record of The Great War

A Family Record of The Great War

October 4, 2014.

The story of the Great War tends to be told from the perspective of large-scale historical events – more personal stories are often overshadowed by the strategy, the battles, the victories and defeats. It has been touching, then, to find and read the efforts of Charles John Huskinson and his son Patrick, who collated a

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Collecting Economics, Part One

Collecting Economics, Part One

September 27, 2014.

The foundational book in classical economic theory is Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776), but there is a large literature in the field of economics preceding the publication of that remarkable work. One of the earliest notable English books in the field is Proclamation for the

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Maintaining the Condition of Rare Books

Maintaining the Condition of Rare Books

September 20, 2014.

One of the most important considerations in maintaining the condition of your book collection is the storage of your books. Most book collectors are aware of the importance of using acid-free paper, but ‘acid-free’ should extend to all surfaces which come into contact with your books over an extended period of time. One of the

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Euclid and His Translators

Euclid and His Translators

September 12, 2014.

Euclid of Alexandria is considered the ‘Father of Geometry’. The foundation of our understanding of geometry, algebra, and number theory, Euclid’s Elements has been translated and re-interpreted from the original Greek countless times over the centuries. Euclidean geometry is still taught in schools today. Although it is largely accepted that Euclid was the author of

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Collecting Roald Dahl

Collecting Roald Dahl

September 12, 2014.

Charles Dickens aside, it’s hard to think of an author with a legacy generating quite so many successes from independent stories and characters as Roald Dahl. If J. K. Rowling had never penned her magical septet of novels, it’s fair to say that Dahl would have remained unrivalled as the most important children’s writer of

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Literature of the Great War.

Literature of the Great War.

September 5, 2014.

by Sammy Jay.   Collecting literature of the Great War has never been so timely. After the recent centenary commemorations, the war has acceded into the halls of History proper, and yet at the same time, with the minds and memories of the nation cast back, it has also regained some presence. This, combined with

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