09Apr A Complete Collection of Gnome Press Publications


The most rewarding thing about this job is not just helping collectors fill gaps in their collections, but helping collectors fill the last gap in their collection. Recently, one of our clients emailed us to let us know that a book we'd sent had completed their collection of Gnome Press publications.…

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19Feb Where Can I Sell First Edition Books?


One of the questions we get asked the most is where can I sell my [insert rare book]. Here's a brief outline of your options and a short assessment of the pros and cons.At Auction. This has been a common option for a couple of hundred years. We don't generally…

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15Feb The Ten Greatest Science Fiction Films


What defines a top-ten list of films? Contribution to film-making? The breaking of boundaries? Exploring new territory? Responding to or driving the cultural milieu? Sheer entertainment? Usually, it’s a combination of all those things. With science fiction though, there’s another element: achieving the sublime. That’s not to say that all…

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07Feb Don't Believe the Hype - Collecting New Books


In the words of Public Enemy, Don't Believe the Hype. Well, that's a little disingenuous to be honest. Chuck D should've really said 'Don't always believe the hype', or 'Exercise caution when making a decision based upon what others, both with and without vested interests, suggest. Admittedly, I'm not quite…

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04Feb George Locke aka Ferret Fantasy - Publisher, Dealer, Collector and Writer.


George was a one-off in the book trade. Multi-talented, energetic and carrying a wealth of knowledge, once started George never ceased to engage in the world of fantasy literature. Variously a publisher, bibliographer, collector, dealer and author, George will perhaps be best remembered for his Spectrum of Fantasy series, which…

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29Jan Detailed Photos of the Two Trial Pages for the Kelmscott Froissart


We recently acquired a wonderful Kelmscott piece and thought it might be nice to preserve the pictures on this blog before it sells. As always, it's a fabulous work of book art. Everything about it speaks volumes for the care Morris and his team put into their work. Jean Froissart…

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27Nov Book Collecting Terminology - Condition Descriptions


Here follows a list of terms we use when describing our books.NOTE: We expect to update this post every now and then, so please check back to look for updates.ABRASION: This refers to the boards, jacket, wraps of even leaves having had something scuff their surface. It can occur just from…

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21Oct The Excellent Farseer Trilogy


I cannot recommend this trilogy enough. The story is one of the finest of fantasy, and the writer is one of our most gifted (and a lovely person as well). The key to modern fantasy seems to be well-developed characters (along with a cohesive world, and of course a plot).…

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20Oct William Harvey's Illustrations from The Arabian Nights


The Arabian Nights, or more fully One Thousand and One Nights, is one of the most important cultural artefacts that story-telling has produced. The first English language edition was published at the very beginning on the 18th Century, but perhaps the best-known translations, other than Richard Burton's, are those by…

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18Oct Detail from The Invisible Man


Detail from the first edition of The Invisible Man, one of H.G. Wells' best known works. I'm going to say third best-known book after War of the World and Time Machine, but before The Island of Dr Moreau and First Men in the Moon. The Invisible Man was Wells' fifth…

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