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  • 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
  • 10 Fun Facts about Benjamin Franklin on His Birthday

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:39:19 Permalink
    Happy Birthday to Benjamin Franklin! A common misconception many Americans make is that Mr. Franklin was a President of the US. Though it seems like it, and we have his face on some of our money, that is not true! He was never a President… just a typical Joe Schmo like you and me! Okay… […] Read More
  • Snap Back to Reality… with J.R.R. Tolkien!

    Thu, 04 Jan 2018 02:15:58 Permalink
      Now that your holidays are over, it’s time to leave your dreams of sugarplums and fantasies in the past and get back to… reality. And who better to discover reality with than J.R.R. Tolkien!? After all, you know as well as we do that he detested his cult fantasy following and wished only to […] Read More
  • OTD in 1577, Sir Francis Drake Sets Sail from England on a Circumnavigation of the World

    Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:01:00 Permalink
    On this day exactly 440 years ago, an English nobleman named Francis Drake left on a mission that would take him three years and would win him a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth I of England. (I’m not entirely sure that people “win” those, but you know what I mean.) Now, Sir Francis Drake wasn’t always […] Read More
  • Booksellers, Raffles and Wine, Oh My!

    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 04:53:59 Permalink
    What could be better than a group of bibliophiles gathered together in a single room to celebrate the holiday season? A group of booksellers gathered together in a single room celebrating the holiday season with good food and a raffle of lots of alcohol, that’s what! Just kidding! In all honesty though we all (as […] Read More
  • A How-To Guide for Buying Antiquarian Books as Christmas Presents

    Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:40:39 Permalink
    Here we present to you a (bit of a tongue-in-cheek) guide for buying Christmas gifts this holiday season… in an antiquarian fashion, of course! 1. Know your Subject. Not your book subject, that is. We mean your audience, your gift taker, the subject of your love, attention and wallet. They may not be readers! (We […] Read More
  • We Have NOT Come to Suck Your Blood

    Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:15:27 Permalink
    What are the greatest parts about fall? The crisp smell of apples, the chill in the air, the colors of the leaves… and the somewhat spooky feeling all around us! Just kidding, that’s just near Halloween. But you must admit, there is something about this season that may inspire you to revisit some of Poe, […] Read More
  • Happy Birthday to the Ever-Young Stephen Crane

    Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:53:52 Permalink
    At the tender age of 28, author Stephen Crane succumbed to tuberculosis and passed away at a German health spa. Despite his young age, Crane had accomplished what many take several decades of adulthood to achieve – fame, success, scandal, sickness and health. He lived a full life and was not afraid of standing up […] Read More
  • (SPOILER ALERT) Antiquarian Nursing Material Isn't Just for Nurses

    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:03:38 Permalink
    We recently wrote a short and sweet blog post on “Why You Should Be Collecting Antiquarian Cookery.” Now, we do enjoy getting Cookery items in and we do have quite a bit of knowledge around them, but technically speaking, cookery is not one of our ‘specialties’. However… Nursing is. We often have customers exclaim surprise […] Read More
  • Welcome to Tavistock Books, Cassie Leone!

    Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:23:35 Permalink
    Tavistock Books is proud to announce a new member of the team – Cassie Leone! Cassie will be working part-time at Tavistock Books and we are glad to welcome her to the fold. Welcome to Tavistock Books, Cassie! How long have you been involved in the antiquarian book world for now? Thank you! I began […] Read More
  • "Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win."

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:41:42 Permalink
    We don’t often report on modern literature here at Tavistock Books, as that is not our speciality! However, you may have noticed that we occasionally like to branch out and discuss authors – specialty or not – in honor of their birth or death anniversary. We are happy to report to you good, book-fearing folk, […] Read More
  • Vic Visits the Wine & Viticulture Collection of the UC Davis Shields Library

    Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:18:10 Permalink
      Who has the greatest collection of wine & viticulture literature in the world?  The Shields Library at UC Davis, that’s who!  To quote the August 22nd BCC announcement of this 15 September field trip, “The wine library at UC Davis houses more than 30,000 books in more than 50 languages, manuscripts, historic records, research data, and materials in every […] Read More
  • The Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair from an Outside Perspective

    Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:37:22 Permalink
    This September, Tavistock Books took a step back from exhibiting at the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair, and our Master & Commander Vic Zoschak attended from a buyers standpoint alone. We pick his brain and see how it went! Photo by ZH Books. So, Vic – attending the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair as an Outside Observer. For […] Read More
  • Why You Ought to Collect Antiquarian Cookery Items (and it's not JUST because we have them in stock)

    Tue, 05 Sep 2017 02:18:34 Permalink
    We’re sure everyone is tired from their long holiday weekend (holidays are SO tiring, aren’t they?) so we thought we’d start you back into the groove with a short and sweet blog on why you ought to be looking at antiquarian cookery material, if you aren’t already. Ready? Sit back with a scone or some […] Read More
  • OTD in 1916 – Ernest H. Shackleton Rescues his Crew of the Endurance from a Year and a Half Ordeal on the Frozen Elephant Island

    Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:04:14 Permalink
    What would be the roughest conditions you could see yourself surviving in? Deserted tropical island in a ‘Cast Away’ situation? Or what about lost in a forest with only a tent and a few cans of beans? I’ve got it! What about trapped in packed ice 720 nautical miles from civilization only to have your […] Read More
  • The Cult Following of Charles Bukowski

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:03:16 Permalink
    Charles Bukowski instills a strong response in many of those who read his poetry, novels, nonfiction and short stories. Readers are either impressed by his openness and honesty or repulsed by his abrupt and vulgar approach to sexuality, drugs and the seedy aspects of low living. Here in California I have heard more references to […] Read More
  • That Other Printer You Ought To Know

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:03:01 Permalink
    Every single person reading this blog would (I hope) know the name “Gutenberg.” Right? Now here’s another major name in the printing world, perhaps not known by everyone… William Caxton. Maybe you know him, maybe you don’t. We aren’t here to judge your knowledge of the printing business. We’re just here to educate you! So […] Read More
  • Some Top Literary Blogs for Bibliophiles and Antiquarian Maniacs (Like Us)

    Tue, 01 Aug 2017 10:41:20 Permalink
    As a literary blogger myself, I like to follow quite a few blogs online that are written by like-minded individuals. The internet is a wonderful thing, is it not? Perhaps we can see both the good and the bad when it comes to online reading. You can find all the research in the world, but […] Read More
  • The Swedish Nightingale

    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:02:28 Permalink
    By Margueritte Peterson While working directly under Master and Commander Vic Zoschak at Tavistock Books, one name continuously caught my eye. Any time a piece came across our desks with this name mentioned, my eyes zeroed in on it. I couldn’t tell you if it was because I have a musical background or if I […] Read More
  • Tavistock Books Reaches a Landmark Anniversary!

    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 06:07:04 Permalink
    This Saturday will mark a triumphant year in the history of Tavistock Books. It will be our 20th Anniversary of opening our doors at 1503 Webster Street in Alameda, California. We took a little time to sit down with the man that started it all, one Vic Zoschak Jr., to see how the years have […] Read More
  • We Have the New Americana

    Tue, 04 Jul 2017 12:25:52 Permalink
    Happy 4th of July! In honor of our great nation’s Independence Day, we thought we would share with our loyal followers some of our newest and/or most notable Americana items. What better time of year to round out your collection? And don’t forget to check in next week for the 20th Anniversary of our shop! […] Read More
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