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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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Peter Harrington Presents: Andy Warhol.

Peter Harrington Presents: Andy Warhol.

September 4, 2014.

From September 1st, Peter Harrington will be exhibiting an extensive collection of rare, signed and limited edition prints, books and proofs by legendary pop artist Andy Warhol.   Andy Warhol  remains one of the best known artists of the 20th century. For the month of September, Peter Harrington’s Dover Street shop will be showing an

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Collecting Mary Shelley

Collecting Mary Shelley

August 31, 2014.

Some might think Mary Shelley a daunting author to collect. The first edition of her most important and well-known book, Frankenstein(1818), is rare and so valuable as to be out of the reach of many collectors. However, there are many other opportunities to collect her published works. Frankenstein was almost immediately popular with the public. In 1823

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The Scientific Renaissance

The Scientific Renaissance

August 31, 2014.

Two coincident events have been credited with sparking the scientific Renaissance. The Fall of Constantinople in 1453 accelerated the rediscovery of ancient scientific texts, while the invention of Gutenberg’s printing press made it possible to produce accurate copies of those texts, without the errors that hand-copying tended to introduce. Within a hundred years, works that

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Tea Room and Cafeteria Management: an Unlikely Precursor to Wave Theory

Tea Room and Cafeteria Management: an Unlikely Precursor to Wave Theory

August 14, 2014.

It is strange to think that one of modern economics most formative theories wouldn’t have happened were it not for a book about managing tea rooms. Peter Harrington has recently acquired the curious volume Tea Room and Cafeteria Management by the American economic theorist R. N. Elliott, the first book written by the man behind

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The Ship that Sailed to Mars: Timlin’s Masterpiece

The Ship that Sailed to Mars: Timlin’s Masterpiece

August 14, 2014.

The Ship that Sailed to Mars is one of those books that will reduce even adults into a state of childish awe.  Written and illustrated by William M. Timlin, Peter Harrington has an incredible quarto edition bound by The Chelsea Bindery.  The book is complete with 48 mounted illustrations and pages of text, unset in

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Lombard Street – A Cautionary Tale for The British Banking System

Lombard Street – A Cautionary Tale for The British Banking System

August 2, 2014.

A bank collapses, and the public rush to withdraw their savings as the fear of losing everything sets in.  It’s a familiar story, but isn’t necessarily one that exists only in the twentieth and twenty-first century. In 1866, the London wholesale discount bank Overend, Gurney and Company collapsed, with debts of £11 million (£1bn in

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