Book of the Week: The Staircase


‘Architects, all idiots; they always forget to put in the stairs.’   so said Flaubert.

This book covers all from the land stair – the rock steps at Sky City , New Mexico for example to the helical stairs at Castle Hedingham to the Palace of Justice in Vienna.

Templer, John. No illustrator listed. Stock no. 1207071
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 1st. 1992. Slightly better than very good condition in a nearly fine dustwrapper. The fascinating history of stairs and their immense influence on the art and science of architecture. B/w photos. 185 pages. Slight mark to top edge of last few pages and front board else a fine copy. Wrapper: Price-cut [S] 0262200821.
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Book of the Week: Rupert’s Holiday Adventure – Rupert Little Bear Library No. 27

Many of our Rupert books have gone ‘on holiday’ this weekend to the Rupert Fair in Warwick. Wonder if they are having a holiday adventure!

Tourtel, Mary. Illustrated by Tourtel, Mary. Stock no. 1108187
Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd.. 1st. 1932. Almost very good condition with no wrapper. Yellow pictorial boards. B/w illustrations throughout. List of titles on front pastedown ends with no. 27. Small tear hole to side of spine. Bumping and wear to spine and corners. Front cover a little bowed. Some light browning. [R]
Price: £35.00

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Book of the Week: Parrot Culture

This book is brilliant!  from the oldest know parrot Palaeopsittacus georgei to parrots in poetry,painting and literature and not forgetting the ‘Dead Parrot’ sketch of course.

There is even a chapter on parrot smuggling!

My favourite piece of parrot related humour is as follows – from a televised adaptation of a M. Poirot story:

Bellboy(calling out in hotel foyer): Parrot for Mr Poyrot

Poirot: It’s Pwarow – actually

Bellboy:Pwarow for Mr Poyrot

Boehrer, Bruce Thomas. No illustrator listed. Stock no. 1806084
University Of Pennsylvania. 1st. 2004. Nearly fine condition in a nearly fine dustwrapper. Our 2500-year-long fascination with the world’s most talkative bird. Brown cloth spine with black title, black paper boards. B/w illustrations. [S] 0812237935.
Price: £16.00 click here for availability

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Book of the Week: The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My.

443726 9th August is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, best known for her Moomin books.

Jansson, Tove. Illustrated by Jansson, Tove. Stock no. 443726
Ernest Benn Limited. 1st. 1953. Very good condition with no wrapper. Cloth spine. Large format. Red pictorial boards with round cut-out to front. A delightful Moonmin title, which has clever cut-out windows throughout to help tell the story. Slight wear to corners and top and tail of spine. Small biro scribble to top corner of title page. A few light grubby marks to page margins. All cut-out windows are sound. [R]
Price: £240.00

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Rupert and Friends go to Warwick

Well it’s that time of the year again -  Rowing World Championships? Women’s Rugby World Cup? – no! it’s the ‘Followers of Rupert’ annual meeting, to be held on Saturday 23/8/2014.

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This year the team from Stella and Rose’s  Books will be Lorna, Cliff, myself( and not forgetting hubby, who has volunteered to come as well)

It was originally to be an early start on the Saturday morning, driving to Warwick, but as early mornings aren’t my speciality, I leapt at the chance of an overnight stay in Warwick instead.

Warwick School will be a haven for all things ‘Ruperty’, beautiful books,ephemera and all manner of activities and just as important the chance to meet and chat with ‘Rupert friends’ old and new.

So if you want to come along to Warwick on 23/8/14, sign up as a member of the ‘Followers of Rupert’ – and we will see you at the Stella and Rose’s bookstand.


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Book of the Week: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This edition has been lovingly illustrated by Anthony Browne – can you find the gorilla?

Carroll, Lewis. Illustrated by Browne, Anthony. Stock no. 2109239
Julia MacRae Books. 1st thus. 1988. Very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. Large format. Red boards, gilt title to spine. Superb colour illustrations. Heavy bumping to a couple of corners; through to page corners. Wrapper is browned with fading to spine. [S] 0862033241.
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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.

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.
Price: £50.00 click here for availability

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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.

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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