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  • 10 Facts About Welsh Author Ken Follett

    Wed, 05 Jun 2019 08:41:18 Permalink
    Now, it isn’t often that we report on modern literature, but even we enjoy the occasional thriller and fun beach read (not that we are saying Ken Follett is a beach read). We can’t have our followers thinking that we spend all of our time flipping through Bleak House or other 1st editions of Charles Dickens now, […] Read More
  • The Prince of Paradox

    Wed, 29 May 2019 09:08:44 Permalink
    Who WAS G. K. Chesterton? According to many, he is one of the most prolific and best writers of the early 20th century – and yet he is not one often found on school curriculums or on the average household shelf. So the question is… who was G. K. Chesterton and how did he contribute […] Read More
  • In Honor of Emily

    Wed, 15 May 2019 08:58:51 Permalink
    “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson is the first poem I remember reading and analyzing as part of a school assignment.  The first time I read it, I definitely did not “get it”. I honest to goodness remember my initial reaction to my teachers’ analysis of the poem itself. It was the […] Read More
  • A New Adventure at the Chicago Antiquarian Book Fair

    Thu, 09 May 2019 11:09:14 Permalink
    Recently, Team Tavistock flew out to Chicago to exhibit at the Chicago Antiquarian Book Fair. A first time exhibiting at this fair for Tavistock, we got the low-down on their experiences below!  So Vic, is this your first time exhibiting at the Chicago fair? And if so, what made you decide to try it out? […] Read More
  • Happy Anniversary… To Us!

    Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:33:14 Permalink
    Just yesterday, Tavistock Books celebrated its 30 year anniversary. 30 years in business. 30 years in this wonderful, insane business we call the antiquarian book trade. We are nothing short of proud, and grateful for all of your support over our many years! We were able to throw a little shindig at Tavistock Books’ main […] Read More
  • The American Anniversary of the (American) English Language

    Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:57:18 Permalink
    Many men born in the states during and after the revolution were more die-hard Americans than any of the foam fingered MAGA supporters we see today. After all, they were the children of the revolution… either they or their fathers fought hard to ensure our country’s freedom, and they weren’t about to let us forget […] Read More
  • Happy Birthday to the Most Irritating Houseguest Charles Dickens Ever Had

    Wed, 03 Apr 2019 10:20:08 Permalink
    Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, on the second of April, 1805. As a small child, Andersen’s father read to him Arabian Nights - thus introducing the young child to both classic literature and what one might deem a “fairy tale”. At the age of 14, he moved to the capital to become an actor […] Read More
  • A Sacramento Update in Honor of Samm's One Year Anniversary!

    Wed, 27 Mar 2019 10:32:56 Permalink
    This past weekend’s Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair marks Samm Fricke’s one year anniversary with Tavistock Books. Some of you loyal blog followers might remember that Samm joined us in panic mode just two days before the fair last March, and we were just as lucky to have her then as we were to have her at […] Read More
  • Happy World Poetry Day from the Tavistock Team

    Thu, 21 Mar 2019 02:22:54 Permalink
    Happy World Poetry Day! Though Tavistock Books is not known for our poetry books, we do have a selection for you on this most auspicious of days. See our list by Samm here! In the meantime, we thought we would share some our favorite poems with you… one poem from each of the Tavistock team […] Read More
  • New Acquisitions for Your Viewing Pleasure

    Tue, 05 Mar 2019 10:46:04 Permalink
    The recent fairs have given us a fair amount (pun intended) of new inventory! As we haven’t posted one in a while we thought it might be nice to give you an in-depth look at some of our latest and greatest… though there are many more ready to go home with their new owners! Check […] Read More
  • A Q&A with ABAA President Vic Zoschak and Tavistock Books' Samm Fricke on the Recent California Fair

    Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:23:03 Permalink
    What were you most excited about for the Oakland ABAA fair?  Samm: Having everyone in town on our “turf” to invite to the shop and seeing all the international dealers! Vic: The ending…?  Seriously, it had been a long 10 days for us, what with the Pasadena fair the weekend prior, and boy, by the […] Read More
  • One Down… So Many to Go

    Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:40:45 Permalink
    With the new year being the start of the new book fair season, we always love to indulge and give you a report on our local fairs. This past weekend, we attended and exhibited at the Pasadena Rare Books LA fair, set up by Brad and Jen Johnson of The Book Shop in Covina, CA. […] Read More
  • "Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure" : Name That Novel!

    Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:44:33 Permalink
    206 years ago this week a book was published that changed the course of literary history, respect for women authors, and the romantic ideals of young women around the world. Over 20 million copies have been sold internationally. Little did Ms. Jane Austen know, Pride and Prejudice, the novel she sold publisher Thomas Egerton for one […] Read More
  • Character Copyrighting – a nod to the January 6th Licensing Agreement signed in 1930 by A.A. Milne for One of History's Most Beloved Bears

    Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:23:53 Permalink
    Happy 2019! Hope our followers had a safe and happy New Years (and more importantly made use of our Pop Up New Years Eve Sale). And now without further ado, onto a whole new year of book loving, bookselling, and book worship! Copyright (literally meaning the right to copy) can be a slippery slope in […] Read More
  • The ABAA's Northern California Chapter Annual Holiday Dinner… a Night in Pictures

    Fri, 07 Dec 2018 08:44:08 Permalink
    As many of you loyal Tavistock Books blog followers (mom, I’m talking to you) know, every year we here at Tavistock Books attend the annual Northern California Chapter Holiday Dinner – a night of fun and food, goings over of the years events as they relate to our chapter of booksellers, and the sharing of […] Read More
  • We Give Thanks

    Wed, 21 Nov 2018 11:36:05 Permalink
    As those of you who don’t live under rocks are aware, around this time of year immense attention is placed on discovering what we are grateful for and giving thanks. We here at Tavistock Books are grateful for many things indeed – a finely mixed Manhattan, a wonderful dinner with like-minded bibliophiles… the San Francisco Giants. […] Read More
  • OTD in 1960… Lawrence-1, Censorship-0!

    Sat, 10 Nov 2018 06:18:03 Permalink
    NOTE: Please understand that this blog contains heavy subject matter and foul language. You’ve been warned.  Censorship. A hated word in the bibliophile community. The very definition of the word seems off. Too… all encompassing.  Censorship is defined as: “the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, […] Read More
  • We All Have Those Days…

    Thu, 01 Nov 2018 01:30:35 Permalink
    November 1st is always a weird day for me. Halloween is a big day in my family, and truthfully, with it being the last day of the month, I always wake up confused that November is suddenly upon us! I make strange decisions. I forget to take down decorations, I don’t realize that my Dia […] Read More
  • The 2018 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest

    Tue, 23 Oct 2018 11:53:00 Permalink
    Some of you may not know this, but our fearless leader Vic Zoschak Jr., owner of Tavistock Books, is the current President of the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America. In our eyes there could be no more fitting president, as Vic has always spent a great deal of time, his finances, and effort to ensure that […] Read More
  • Happy Birthday to Gore Vidal – the Most Combative Man in History

    Wed, 03 Oct 2018 09:54:09 Permalink
    A part of me thinks that a name like Gore Vidal belongs in the company of Perez Prado and Carmen Miranda. I know how that sounds, but honestly – to me, the name is power embodied. As many know, and as Chris Bram most notably stated, “Gore Vidal was famous for his hates: academia, presidents, […] Read More
  • OTD in 1891…

    Fri, 28 Sep 2018 10:28:39 Permalink
    Moby-Dick is, undeniably, a classic American novel. But did you know that at the time of its publication it was considered a total flop? In fact, Melville’s prior novels (which some of you may never have even heard of) did much, much better in American critical literary society than Moby-Dick. Readers could not see past the […] Read More
  • Report on the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair, Pt. II

    Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:15:24 Permalink
    Answers by Samm Fricke So Samm! This is (a bit confusingly) your second Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair. Could you tell us a bit about your experience, prep and overall impression of the previous Sacramento fair you attended in March of this year? For those of you that don’t know, Samm was brought onboard the Tavistock Books train […] Read More
  • Report on the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair, Pt. I

    Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:45:40 Permalink
    by Vic Zoschak, Jr. Reading colleagues’ comments with regard to the recent Brooklyn event, allow me to put in a plug for the Sacramento Antiquarian Fair, held this past weekend.  A semi-annual event, hosted by Jim Kay, I suspect it doesn’t have the panache of Brooklyn, but that said, it has come to be beloved […] Read More
  • MRT: A Reminisce

    Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:50:02 Permalink
    This past Saturday, the ABAA’s Southern California Chapter held a memorial for our recently departed colleague, Michael Thompson.  Through the good offices of Brad Johnson, my following remarks were read, as I was unable to deliver them in person.  I offer them here too, in an effort to pay wider homage to our dearly beloved […] Read More
  • Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut are Two Different People

    Wed, 22 Aug 2018 11:23:36 Permalink
    Embarrassingly enough (because when should you admit things of that nature except online in front of strangers?) I spent the a few of my formative confusing Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut. I thought the same prolific man wrote all of their stories! Obviously I was quickly apprised of the real situation (and excruciating difference in genres) and had to […] Read More
  • And now, for some book-related history!

    Mon, 30 Jul 2018 09:53:17 Permalink
    There comes a time in every bibliophile’s life when you have to sit back, relax… and read an online blog instructing you on the history of books! Not all books are created equal (this is where you should start taking notes). Some books are newer than others, some books are flimsier than others. Some are […] Read More
  • The World's Most Beloved (and Criticized) Family of Bears

    Wed, 25 Jul 2018 12:37:49 Permalink
    If you are a 90s child like myself (or a 70s child, or an 80s child, or a 2000s child…or even a 2010s child), I can guarantee that you know a family of bears… that live in (pretty much) the coolest treehouse ever… and whose sister and brother magically (almost) always get along. I grew […] Read More
  • Happy Birthday, Aphra Behn!

    Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:01:01 Permalink
    And if you’re just now asking yourself “Who in the world is Aphra Behn?” then this is surely the blog for you! When I was at University I took a course on the Renaissance/Restoration poets, and completely fell in love with Ms. Behn and John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester. For those of you that […] Read More
  • Highlight on the 2018 Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship Winner Ellen Saito and her business, Excelsa Scripta Rare Books!

    Tue, 26 Jun 2018 09:57:03 Permalink
    *** Welcome, Ellen! As the latest recipient of the Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship to Joel Silver’s course at RBS, what were you most excited about, in terms of RBS? The class? Meeting more like-minded people? Thrilled to secure the Tavistock scholarship, I was elated to attend this course as my first choice by far. For […] Read More
  • The Views of Voltaire, Pt. II

    Wed, 13 Jun 2018 03:19:44 Permalink
    Now where did we leave off? Ah yes, Voltaire’s influential experiences in Great Britain during his self-imposed exile in 1727… This time in England was an extremely eye-opening experience for Voltaire. He spent much of his time with the literary giants of the day (Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift and the like), and began expressing his […] Read More
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