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  • What Actually is "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"?

    Wed, 01 Apr 2020 04:03:01 Permalink
    Milan Kundera was born on April 1st, 1929. He is a writer that has lived most of his life in the shadows, preferring anonymity to public life. He is a naturalized French citizen, his Czech citizenship being revoked in 1979 and only recently (as in last year) restored. On his 91st birthday, we’d like to ask […] Read More
  • Grateful the Road was Taken

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 04:41:15 Permalink
    We know that things have been looking grim over the past month… businesses shutting their doors, schools closing, unemployment rising. It is a scary world to be living in – for there is the fact that we have no set plan for how long this will all last. Call us old fashioned, but we find […] Read More
  • Not Just Elizabeth

    Fri, 06 Mar 2020 09:59:27 Permalink
    Todays blog celebrates one of the many authors that we know the name of but few facts about. Despite a family wealth in the slave trade she was an abolitionist, she was a major supporter of child labor rights… and the first in her English-descended family to be born in the United Kingdom in over […] Read More
  • The Book Fair in Pasadena… and the End of an Era

    Thu, 13 Feb 2020 09:49:39 Permalink
    This past weekend saw the 53rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair held in Pasadena. We gave Vic and Samm a few questions to ruminate on while experiencing the fair and their responses don’t disappoint! This fair was also a bittersweet occasion as our Master & Commander Vic Zoschak Jr. ended his two year tenure as President of […] Read More
  • This week in the book world…

    Wed, 05 Feb 2020 10:23:36 Permalink
    This week is Children’s Authors and Illustrators week! In honor of the writers and artists who helped shape our lives, and will continue to shape the lives of children all over the country, we’d like to bring some awareness to five of the most beloved, or most inspirational, award winning children’s books of all time. […] Read More
  • In Honor of Jackie Robinson

    Fri, 31 Jan 2020 01:13:08 Permalink
    Today is baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s birthday, and being the serious fans we are about the sport (and by “we” I mean Vic – just check out the amazing amount of baseball related items we have in stock), we thought to bring some attention to this amazing athlete and activist and take a look at what he […] Read More
  • Brothers to All

    Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:04:39 Permalink
    Quick! Think about the most famous pair of brothers you know of. What names came to mind? I bet for at least 50% (after all, we are all bibliophiles here, are we not?!) of us, the names that popped into our heads are most commonly associated with folk tales, fairy tales… or just “tales”, if some of them […] Read More
  • Tis the Season to Read Merry!

    Tue, 24 Dec 2019 12:22:18 Permalink
    The 2019 Christmas Season is upon us, bibliophiles. We’d like you to take some time out of the busy practices of the holiday season and take up a Christmas tale or two… some quiet time amidst the chaos is just what the Doctor ordered! Here’s a mini rundown on some of the most beloved Christmas […] Read More
  • The Beginnings of Tavistock Books

    Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:46:03 Permalink
    For those of you who don’t know, we deal in many genres of antiquarian materials. However, one of our specialities – and even our shop’s name – come from a wildly famous author who we happen to adore… Mr. Charles Dickens. As the author is very often associated with the holiday season, we thought now […] Read More
  • Today we are Thankful for… William Blake!

    Thu, 28 Nov 2019 11:49:48 Permalink
    Happy Thanksgiving to our fellow bibliophiles! We thought we’d start off this day of giving thanks for a world-famous English poet, artist and printmaker with a brief history of his early life. Despite the fact that this renaissance man was largely unrecognized for his talents in his time, today he is considered one of the foremost artisans of […] Read More
  • The Future of Antiquarian Book Fairs

    Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:57:35 Permalink
    As Antiquarian Booksellers, we are intimately familiar with book fairs. For those of you who have never attended such a fair before, we highly recommend it. For collectors and bibliophiles, scholars and tradesmen alike – book fairs are a wonderful place to get a feel for our world. All sellers bring a variety of items, […] Read More
  • A Happy Halloween with Hill House

    Wed, 30 Oct 2019 11:40:15 Permalink
      As Halloween rapidly approaches, we thought – in honor of this holiday season – it might finally be the moment for a short blog dedicated to a favorite type of literary genre throughout this season – horror stories.    Upon the recommendation of a friend, I recently finished The Haunting of Hill House, by Mrs. […] Read More
  • There and Back Again – The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair Edition

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:18:44 Permalink
    This past weekend saw the Tavistock Team exhibiting for the first time in a couple years at the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. A great experience for them, resident factotum Samm Fricke to tell us all about it. We highly recommend this fair to any and all in the book trade – whether you are a […] Read More
  • Turning Weary Wednesdays into Wise Wednesdays

    Wed, 02 Oct 2019 06:09:45 Permalink
    We know that Wednesday is not everyone’s favorite day of the week. It is neither the beginning of the week, nor the end, and somehow always seems so far from the weekend! We would like to change your opinion for a soft second, however, to respect a civil rights world leader, lawyer, ethicist and philosopher […] Read More
  • "Sometimes the Devil is a Gentleman" – The Life of Percy Shelley

    Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:00:52 Permalink
    “I curse thee! let a sufferer’s curse… Clasp thee, his torturer, like remorse;’ Till thine Infinity shall be A robe of envenomed agony; And thine Omnipotence a crown of pain, To cling like burning gold round thy dissolving brain.” Ahh, if only we all possessed the ability to curse our enemies in such a romantic […] Read More
  • We're Still Salty, Casey

    Wed, 14 Aug 2019 02:07:38 Permalink
    CASEY AT THE BATBY: Ernest Lawrence ThayerA Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play.And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of […] Read More
  • The Disappearance of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    Wed, 31 Jul 2019 08:03:44 Permalink
    “People where you live, the little prince said, grow five thousand roses in one garden… Yet they don’t find what they’re looking for… And yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose.”So said the Little Prince – an absolutely beloved character in the canon of Western Literature. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote […] Read More
  • "All for one and one for all" – Happy Birthday to Alexandre Dumas!

    Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:56:17 Permalink
    Alexandre Dumas – a bibliophile household name around the world, created some of the most memorable stories of love, adventure, history, revenge and politics in the 19th century. On this, what would be his 217th birthday, we would like to pay homage to this wonderful French author and the adventurous worlds he created for his […] Read More
  • A Report on Rare Book School from Our 21 Year Attendee, Vic Zoschak Jr.

    Tue, 16 Jul 2019 08:30:41 Permalink
    by Vic Zoschak, Jr. Number 21 is now in the books for yours truly, that is Rare Book School course number 21.  In this instance, G-65, i.e., Nick Wilding’s Forgeries, Facsimiles & Sophisticated Copies.  Better known to the 13 of us in class as Fakes & Forgeries.  Nick Wilding, for those of you not familiar with the […] Read More
  • Start Off Summer 2019 Right… with an Antiquarian Twist!

    Wed, 03 Jul 2019 10:37:38 Permalink
    Well, fellow bibliophiles… it’s that time of year again! The time of year when kids are out for summer holidays, the days are longer and the heat gives us ever more reasons to stay in the shade of the umbrella with a book! (Of course, we can really always find reasons to stick with a […] Read More
  • Happy 90th Birthday to the Creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Tue, 25 Jun 2019 07:28:54 Permalink
    Eric Carle was born on June 25th, 1929 in Syracuse, New York, but his family originally being from Germany they moved back there and he was educated in art in Stuttgart. His father was drafted into the German army at the beginning of WWII, and eventually taken prisoner by Soviet Forces. Carle himself was also […] Read More
  • 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
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