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  • 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
  • Who is… Thomas Mann?

    Wed, 06 Jun 2018 12:07:12 Permalink
    Today is Thomas Mann’s birthday! For those of you who did not know enough about this exceptional German author, why don’t you take a few minutes and read our quick facts below? We had more than an interesting time of it researching this man – we are sure you will find the facts as intriguing as […] Read More
  • The Views of Voltaire, Pt I.

    Wed, 30 May 2018 11:05:51 Permalink
    Voltaire is a household name. There is no doubt about it – I am sure (meaning I hope very, very strongly) that even the latest generation learn about Voltaire in school. Why else would we know that dropping his name occasionally makes you sound really smart? Just kidding! But in all honesty, let’s look at why Voltaire […] Read More
  • To Neverland… and Beyond!

    Wed, 09 May 2018 10:14:14 Permalink
    “Life is a long lesson in humility.” Would you imagine that the person who wrote this somewhat jarring quote above also once wrote, “‘Wendy,’ Peter Pan continued in a voice that no woman has ever yet been able to resist, ‘Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys.’”? Well you might be surprised to […] Read More
  • Tavistock Books Welcomes Samm Fricke to the Team!

    Wed, 02 May 2018 01:05:25 Permalink
    Tavistock Books welcomes its newest member into the fold – Ms. Samm Fricke! After over a decade of experience in new/used book business, Samm is beginning the next phase of her life in the antiquarian book business – a step we are happy to watch her take, right here at Tavistock Books! Where are you from? […] Read More
  • The Statute of Anne, and Other Copyright Tales

    Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:26:00 Permalink
    As antiquarian booksellers we all know what the copyright of a title is. We know where to find it, how to interpret it and what it means. But do we know how it came into being? I would venture to guess that more than a few of us are in the dark about how copyright […] Read More
  • Celebrating Women Authors on Maya Angelou's Birthday

    Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:59:26 Permalink
    We recently saw an interesting article online, detailing the “Best Female Authors” of all time. On this, what would be Dr. Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday, we would like to channel her inner strength and power as a leading poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist and honor some of the most famous female authors of all time. Top Twenty-Five […] Read More
  • Oops, Jim Kay Did it Again! A Briefing on the Sacramento Book Fair

    Tue, 27 Mar 2018 02:18:36 Permalink
    by Vic Zoschak Jr. Jim Kay did it again!  “What?”, you ask?  Nothing less than host the umpteenth million [or so it seems] successful Sacramento  book fair!  Seriously, in one iteration or another, I’ve been attending this book fair since the mid-1980s.  For northern California bibliophiles especially, it’s a local gem.  Jim [pun intended] resurrected […] Read More
  • How Will Today's Vernal Equinox Affect Your (Book-Buying) Life?

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:24:28 Permalink
    By Margueritte Peterson Like most women, I’ve been called many things in my (relatively short) lifetime. Diva, Brat, Goddess Divine (just kidding… though I may have to hint that one to people as clearly that one I deserve)… you name it, we are called it. What’s the one name I’ve been called (derogatorily, of course) […] Read More
  • Happy Birthday, Gabriel García Márquez!

    Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:19:04 Permalink
    After his death in April 2014, the President of Colombia called this author “the greatest Colombian that ever lived.” Let’s find out why! Author Gabriel García Márquez was born on March 6th, 1927 in the small Colombian town of Aracataca. His father, a pharmacist, and his mother left him to be raised by his maternal […] Read More
  • 2018 is Not a Leap Year. That Being Said… Get ready for 2020!

    Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:59:43 Permalink
    Sometimes, children ask ridiculous questions. I think everyone here has probably rolled their eyes at a bright and inquisitive child at least once, while answering questions like “Why is the sky blue?” or “Why do we have to wear pants?” (The latter of which I am still not sure of a legitimate answer to.)  But […] Read More
  • A Congress. A Book Fair. A Blog.

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:36:56 Permalink
    $400,000.00  Could I sell my first born male child to fund this purchase?  OMG, I so want[ed] this book.  But I leap ahead, for that yearning comes later in the week…  the week, actually 11 days, started with a road trip.  A Vanilla road trip, but nevertheless, a road trip.  Saturday morning, the 3rd of […] Read More
  • Why We Should Thank Charles Dickens on His Birthday!

    Wed, 07 Feb 2018 03:12:48 Permalink
    Every year we post a blog about Dickens around this date… it is his birthday, after all! What better way to honor our main man than keep his writing and memory alive? This year we thought we’d do something a bit different – instead of a long rambling blog about some aspect of his life, […] Read More
  • Why People Love to Hate Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"

    Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:00:40 Permalink
    We all know it, or at least part of it. You either learned it in school or you’ve heard it around Halloween-time… it doesn’t really matter how you know it, you just do. And no matter how you feel about it (good, bad, indifferent) you must admit… it’s a fan favorite the world over. Yes, […] Read More
  • The Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship is Up for Grabs!

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:30:17 Permalink
    So, you’re a somewhat new[ish] antiquarian bookseller, who just gotten in a fairly uncommon 18th C. book on conjuring…  and you ask yourself, is there a reference once could consult regarding same, that would give the pagination scheme, and number of required plates?  YES!  In this case, Raymond Stott’s BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ENGLISH CONJURING, 1581 – […] Read More
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