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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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


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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