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  • How a Dickensian Christmas Can Boost the Spirits of Those of Us Living in 2020

    Thu, 03 Dec 2020 11:07:11 Permalink
    When you think of the word “Dickensian” what comes to mind? We would not be surprised if you mentioned soot-covered children working in factories, or angry adults beating each other down with vicious words and persnickety actions. Then again… what comes to mind if we say “Dickensian Christmas”? I’ll bet an entirely different view comes to […] Read More
  • Honoring our Literary Heroes this Halloween

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 02:06:29 Permalink
    Long ago, before the days of commercialized holidays and plastic trick or treating pumpkins, many of our pagan ancestors celebrated a time of year that honored the thinning of a veil between the worlds of the living and the dead. At a time of year when the Northern Hemisphere is getting ready for a winter […] Read More
  • Five Things Bibliophiles can Accomplish in Fall of 2020

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 02:47:47 Permalink
    We know, we know… 2020 hasn’t been the easiest of years. If we can, we work with no exciting breaks in sight, we have given up on lofty ideas of promotions or raises. We are tired of spending hot days inside, away from friends and family. It hasn’t been easy, and yet – we’re powering […] Read More
  • A 100 Year Old Victory

    Tue, 25 Aug 2020 11:36:25 Permalink
    In the grand scheme of things, what is 100 years? In terms of your lifespan, it may seem like a lot. In terms of history, on the other hand? Well, in terms of history it is a mere slip in time. Now what would you say if you were to realize that American women have […] Read More
  • What is Patriotism?

    Fri, 03 Jul 2020 03:43:45 Permalink
    And how should we show it? This July 4th, it might feel hard to get in the mood for our typical Independence Day celebrations. And to that we say… excellent. So much has happened this year, and we are still only halfway through! These serious, life-changing events have taught us how to band together, but […] Read More

    Tue, 09 Jun 2020 11:46:59 Permalink
    On this auspicious occasion – the 150th Anniversary of Dickens’ death – there is no shortage of notional blog topics. We could discuss the strange diet he had on days when he did his public readings (a raw egg beaten in a glass of sherry was part of it), the curious nicknames he had for […] Read More
  • An Environmentalist Before Her Time

    Wed, 27 May 2020 03:42:40 Permalink
    Rachel Carson was born on May 27th, 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania. Surprisingly, Carson was not born near an ocean! And why might we say that? Well, Carson would go on to become one of the foremost nature writers and ocean conservationists of the 20th century. However, before her foray into the ecological world, Carson spent […] Read More
  • "There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment." -Robert Frank

    Wed, 20 May 2020 02:36:14 Permalink
    This week at Tavistock Books, we’d like to highlight one of our favorite genres currently in our inventory… photographs and photograph albums! We have had several amazing items on our shelves over the years, as we find these personal and first hand accounts of history absolutely fascinating. What makes a photograph, scrapbook or photo album […] Read More
  • Repeat After Me… "There's No Place Like Home"

    Wed, 06 May 2020 01:46:59 Permalink
    “There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” Everyone, repeat it with me. “There’s no place like home.” I know we’re all feeling a bit of the cabin-fever felt by Jack Nicholson in The Shining (although, you know, hopefully to a significantly lesser extent), but let’s risk sounding like a broken record… we are lucky […] Read More
  • Coronavirus and the Antiquarian Book World

    Wed, 22 Apr 2020 06:49:28 Permalink
    Hey all you cool cats and… wait, what platform is this again? Just kidding. We know this has been a stressful month (or more) in many of our lives. Things look so very different today than we ever imagined they would, and so very different than they looked just a few short months ago. We […] Read More
  • 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
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