Book of the Week: Pews, Benches & Chairs

I am a big fan of the Esoteric and subject specific books and this book is just what I was after for my Book of the Week.

The book covers church seating in English parish churches from the 14th century onwards.

Pews or chairs that is the question, I’m more of a pew person, but I would be happy to be persuaded otherwise.

bench collPEWS, BENCHES & CHAIRS
Cooper, Trevor & Brown, Sarah. No illustrator listed. Stock no. 1706471
The Ecclesiological Society. 1st. 2011. Fine condition. Church Seating in English Parish Churches from the fourteenth century to the present. Card wraps. B/w photos. 500 pages. [S] 9780946823178.
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Val Biro – An Illustration!

Val Biro sadly died at the the beginning of July, but he leaves behind a legacy of wonderfully illustrated books.

val biro

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Book of the Week: A Life Drawing

Shirley Hughes celebrates her birthday later this week. Her books have been a favourite in our family for many years – especially her ‘Alfie’ stories.

A LIFE DRAWING
Hughes, Shirley. Illustrated by Hughes, Shirley. Stock no. 2108161
The Bodley Head. 1st. 2002. Nearly fine condition in a nearly fine dustwrapper. Recollections of an Illustrator. A personal story of one of the greatest children’s illustrators of our time. Large format2108161. Blue boards, gilt title to spine. Lavish colour and b/w illustrations. Light wear to cover edges. Wrapper is a little edge-creased, with a couple of small edge-tears. [S] 0370326059.
Price: £26.00

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Happy Birthday to E.B.White

Perhaps E.B.White’s most famous children’s book is Charlotte’s Web, but did you know he also wrote ‘Stuart Little’ and ‘Trumpeter of the Swan’

 

White collage

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Book of the Week: The Omelette Book

The Omelette Book contains recipes for 300 different omelettes, including the 6 basic omelettes to Omelette Alphonse XIII (Ham, Cream and Ginger) to Honey Omelette of Apicius the Roman – possibly the first recorded omelette (Honey and Pepper)

egg 1THE OMELETTE BOOK
Chamberlain, Narcissa G.. Illustrated by Knight, Hilary. Stock no. 1706907
David R. Godine. 1990. Slightly better than very good condition in a nearly fine dustwrapper. A collection of recipes since Roman times. [S] 0879238429.
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London’s Literary Benches

This is such a great idea and it brings a smile to my face every time I see pictures of them. See all of the benches on the Books About Town Website www.booksabouttown.org.uk/

At the end of the event which runs until September, they are auctioning them off, you can even register your bid on the website.

‘The National Literacy Trust is working with Wild in Art to bring Books about Town to the streets of London in summer 2014. Trails of benches shaped as open books, decorated by professional illustrators and local artists, will appear for the public to enjoy. It will be a unique opportunity to explore the capital’s literary connections, to enjoy art from some of the country’s top artists and to celebrate reading for enjoyment.’

 

Bench Collage

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Book of the Week: The Mozart Question

We have been stock recording some lovely books written by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman. I just had to read this one to find out what is the Mozart Question.

1401216THE MOZART QUESTION
Morpurgo, Michael. Illustrated by Foreman, Michael. Stock no. 1401216
Walker Books. 1st thus. 2007. Fine condition in a fine dustwrapper. “We fought back with our music, it was the only weapon we had.” Glazed pictorial boards. Colour illustrations [R] 9781406306484. Price: £9.50

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Book of the Week: The History and Social Influence of the Potato

This title has to be my favourite book in stock at the moment. The book tells of the potato’s origins and cultivation in South America to the potato in Art, Van Gogh’s ‘The Potato Eaters’ being an example.

2107141THE HISTORY AND SOCIAL INFLUENCE OF THE POTATO
Salaman, Redcliffe. No illustrator listed. Stock no. 2107141
Cambridge University Press. 1970. Very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. Black boards, gilt title to spine. Bumping and some wear to spine. Some page browning. Wrapper is browned to spine and faded to edges; small nicks to corners. [S] 0521077834.
Price: £45.00 click here for availability

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Happy Birthday – Anthony Buckeridge

Anthony Buckeridge is the creator of one of the great schoolboy characters – Jennings! along with his friend Darbishire and the other pupils and masters at Linbury Court School. These books are still, laugh out loud funny.

jen collage

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Books of the Week: Tadpole’s Promise & Addewid Y Penbwl

My colleague & I have stock recorded the same title this week – she is English &  I in Welsh!

TADPOLE’S PROMISE1501100
Willis, Jeanne. Illustrated by Ross, Tony. Stock no. 1501100
Andersen Press. 1st. 2003. Fine condition with no wrapper. A tragi-comic tale embodying the life cycles of frogs and butterflies. Glazed pictorial boards. Colour illustrations. Spine lightly bumped. [R] 1842700693.
Price: £16.00

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Willis, Jeanne. Illustrated by Ross, Tony. Stock no. 1401231
Cymdeithas Lyfrau Ceredigion Gyf. 1st. 2003. Nearly fine condition with no wrapper. Tadpole’s Promise told in Welsh. Translated by Gwen Angharad Jones & Dylan Williams. Glazed pictorial boards. Colour illustrations. Spine very slightly bumped at top and tail. Page edges are very lightly browned else contents are fine. [R] 1902416864.

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