We now carry maps!

We are happy to announce we now offer a selection of original antique maps from the 1700s to early 1900s. Here are some lovely maps of various parts of the world: 1. Ceylon, 1750   2. Europe, 1844   3. China and Japan, 1900s   4. Asia, 1828 More maps here.

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Gustave Doré: two centuries of influence

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Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883) was a French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor. He is one of our favourite illustrators of all time, and his influence is so pervasive that everything from computer games (Diablo) to movies (Lord of the Rings, What Dreams May Come, The Ten Commandments) bear the unmistakable marks of his visual […]

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How to Start a Book Collection

Recently, a few people asked me how to start collecting books. What should they look out for? How does one know which books to choose? The answer, to me, is simple – collect what you love. Although there exists a “rare book market”, in which rare books are traded as valuable objects like art and […]

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Is Anna Karenina the best novel ever written?

Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina has quite a reputation. The other Russian literary titan, Dostoyevsky, dubbed Anna Karenina “a flawless work of art”, as did Nabokov and William Faulkner.   But is it, really? Some people I know detest Tolstoy, and Anna Karenina especially, even though Russian literature is one of their favourite genres. The debate could […]

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New Latin Classes

We are happy to announce that we will be starting a new session of Beginner’s Latin on 22 February 2014. The details are as follows. Latin Module 1 Saturdays 4pm-6pm starting 22 February; 4 sessions The classes will be held at our premises at Burlington Square. For more information, refer to Anakoinosis.com or email readingattic […]

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