Author Archives: Annie Rowlenson

Two little block printed gems

As readers of this blog and members of We Love Endpapers know, Simon is always on the lookout for new and unusual decorated papers. Recently, he came across a fantastic example of Italian block-printed endpapers on a little Armenian book: … Continue reading

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From the library of Edmund Burke

As readers will know, we are based in Chesham, just a twenty-minute drive from Edmund Burke’s former home in Beaconsfield. Though his estate, Gregories, no longer exists (it was burned down in a fire in 1813), it was a treat … Continue reading

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A steel-faced etched plate, ‘From the inventor’

Printing and illustration processes never fail to interest us, so it should be no surprise that we will be bringing a printing plate to Firsts. This particular plate was presented ‘from the Inventor’ to Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey (1781-1841), one … Continue reading

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In blind-stamped velvet

In anticipation of Firsts, we thought we would highlight one of our favourite ‘firsts’: a first edition, first issue of Chroniques Françoises de Jacques Gondar (Paris, Firmin Didot for Louis Janet, 1830), in a stunning blind-stamped velvet binding. The book, … Continue reading

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Caroline Watson, engraver to Her Majesty the Queen

Less than a month to go until Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair, and we find ourselves busily putting together our fair list. This year we have a variety of material we hope you will enjoy, including one of my current … Continue reading

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Meyrick’s Arms and Armour

If you’re on the mailing list, you may have already seen our latest list of recent acquisitions,which includes everything from Anderson’s Cook in the original wrappers (c.1785), to one of the earliest books to be printed in Russian Braille (1886). … Continue reading

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Love, Hate, Ambition, and Edinburgh

Though we’ve only just returned from New York, we find ourselves preparing yet again for a fair: this time, the 2019 Edinburgh Book Fair. In preparation we have compiled an expansive list, ‘Spring Miscellany’, of the books that we shall … Continue reading

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Elsa Béreny: 1930s German Dancer Living Her Best Life

As I write this the sun is streaming in the window of our Chesham office. Spring, it seems, is finally upon us, which means something even more exciting is just around the corner: the 2019 New York Antiquarian Book Fair. … Continue reading

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Countdown to California

Ladies and gents, the countdown has begun! If you follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook you might be wondering why we’ve been posting photos of wobbly toys and flamboyant Italian men. The answer is, of course, because we can, … Continue reading

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Stinde in Simla

There’s nothing better than finding a cheeky marginal doodle or two, and that’s what we found when we picked up an otherwise nondescript copy of Julius Stinde’s Buchholzens in Italien at a recent fair. First published anonymously in Berlin in … Continue reading

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