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  • 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
  • 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
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