The Story of Auld Lang Syne

The Scottish independence referendum took place on 18 September 2014, and coincidentally, we recently acquired a beautiful edition of The Poetical Works of Robert Burns. Robert Burns is one of Scotland’s greatest poets and lived from 1759 to 1796. In 1788, he wrote the poem Auld Lang Syne, which is now one of the most […]

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Exhibition: Books and Maps on India

Dear all, Some of our books and maps related to India are not in our shop for the time being. Instead they will be exhibited at An Indian Voyage between 30 August – 10 September 2014 at Indigo Blue Art, Singapore’s premier contemporary Indian art gallery, located in Chinatown. If you’re interested in any book […]

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E-mail Technical Problems

Apologies to all who have sent us emails over the past week – our email service is experiencing difficulties, and a lot of emails are getting lost. You may not have received a reply because we probably didn’t receive your email. Please call 90906181 for enquiries/sales during business hours while we get our technical issues […]

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Happy National Day!

Today, we mark the day “Singapore is expelled from Malaysia and becomes the only country to date to gain independence unwillingly,” as Wikipedia so succinctly puts it. Happy National Day, everybody! Here are some other historic events that took place on 9 August. 117 – Trajan, Roman emperor, dies 1483 – Opening of the Sistine […]

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19th Century Advertisements

19th century advertisements are extremely fun to read, and you often find them as part of the early “mass market” printings of the day. These were small books which people could take with them on the train. Much like the magazines of today, the books were littered with advertisements for all sorts of products, usually […]

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All about first editions

Today, first editions are very popular as collectors’ items, especially modern firsts. But what exactly is a first edition, and are all first editions valuable? Here are some tips: 1. There are differences between the first edition, first printing, and first impression. Although people usually use the phrase “First Edition”, what really counts is the […]

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