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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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The Secret Vice of Ian Fleming.

The Secret Vice of Ian Fleming.

July 28, 2014.

In July 1963 the “Printing and the Mind of Man” exhibition at Earl’s Court introduced the general public to an unsuspected facet of one of the best-selling authors of the day. It turned out that suave Ian Fleming, author of the hugely successful James Bond novels (the film version of Dr. No had premiered the

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The Nonesuch Dickens.

The Nonesuch Dickens.

July 21, 2014.

    Peter Harrington has recently acquired a set of the celebrated Nonesuch Dickens. Published in 1937, the edition comprises 27 volumes, including a subscriber’s guide and three volumes of letters. Each set is accompanied by an original printing plate of one of the illustrations used for the first publication. Our set includes the original

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Collecting signed and inscribed Books – a guide to the basics.

April 29, 2014.

To the book collector, a signature or inscription means a great deal more than a higher asking price – it is a piece of history to be cherished. Whether a first edition signed by the author to mark a book’s debut, or a fond inscription to friends, family or other notable figures within the arts,

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My Left Foot, the Autobiography of Christy Brown

My Left Foot, the Autobiography of Christy Brown

April 22, 2014.

The story of Christy Brown is as inspirational as it is curious. Born with severe Cerebral Palsy, Brown was spared a life in convalescent hospitals by his parents, incredulous at the suggestion of anything other than personal care. Shunning the advice of doctors, they opted to raise their son with his siblings at the family home. Despite

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The Timeless Works of Graham Greene

The Timeless Works of Graham Greene

March 14, 2014.

In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths. – Graham Greene The licentious lifestyle of Graham Greene would be of little surprise to even the casual reader – the author’s recreations of the spectrum of the human condition suggest a less-than-pious life lived, after all. Born in 1904 to an established middle-class

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