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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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Notes from the Front Line – Sketches and Annotations of a German Lieutenant Colonel

July 1, 2016.

On the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Somme, Peter Harrington presents a fascinating set concerning the Great War, appended with the numerous annotations, hand-sketched maps and diagrams of Bogdan von Recum. Learn about his own significant military contributions during WWII and his insight into the previous war’s events below.   EDMONDS, Sir

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Dover Street Diaries by Sammy Jay,

Dover Street Diaries by Sammy Jay,

May 11, 2016.

    DOVER STREET DIARIES: “ANDY MARVELL, WHAT A MARVEL!”  A first edition of Andrew Marvell’s Miscellaneous Poems, containing the first appearances of such poetic masterpieces as “To His Coy Mistress” and “The Garden”. In the famous opening scene of my favourite film, Powell & Pressburger’s A Matter of Life and Death (1946), the British

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Disney: First Editions and Original Cels

April 29, 2016.

  (DISNEY, Walt.) SOLOMON, Charles. The Art of Frozen. The Making of an Animated Film. New York: Chronicle books, 2013 Oblong quarto. Original pictorial boards. With the dust jacket. An excellent copy, still wrapped in plastic from the publisher. First edition, first printing. Picture book on the making of the animated film. [ 99409] £125

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Dr. Seuss & Mr. Dahl: Children’s Classics in our windows.

Dr. Seuss & Mr. Dahl: Children’s Classics in our windows.

April 11, 2016.

Those who pass by our Fulham Road shop on a regular enough basis will already be aware that our window display  changes frequently. Just in case you won’t have the chance to see it for yourself, we thought we’d keep you up-to-date on the books, prints and curiosities making an appearance each time. Here, we

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Down the Rabbit Hole to Oz: Children’s Lit Window Display at Fulham Road

Down the Rabbit Hole to Oz: Children’s Lit Window Display at Fulham Road

March 23, 2016.

Those who pass by our Fulham Road shop on a regular enough basis will already be aware that our window display  changes frequently. Just in case you won’t have the chance to see it for yourself, we thought we’d keep you up-to-date on the books, prints and curiosities making an appearance each time. Here, we

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