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  • (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
  • Archival Cataloguing for Booksellers, Part III: Intellectual Content and Research Methods

    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:03:29 Permalink
    By Kate Mitas Before diving into the subject at hand, a brief, belated caveat: Throughout this blog series, I have so far used “archive” to mean something at least vaguely equivalent to the Society of American Archivist’s definition: “[m]aterials created or received by a person, family, or organization, public or private, in the conduct of […] Read More
  • "I won't be any Properer than I have a mind to be." The Life and Times of Female Champion Harriet Beecher Stowe

    Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:04:40 Permalink
    “It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.” Some people seem born destined for greatness, rather than mediocrity. The Beecher family was absolutely full of those with steadfast beliefs and causes – people born to preach from pulpits and lead movements. Harriet Elizabeth […] Read More
  • Archival Cataloguing for Booksellers, Part II

    Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:10:21 Permalink
    By Kate Mitas Getting to Know Your Archive Now that you know your archive is about, say, Alaskan beauty pageant contestants or Italian motor scooters (to use two of Lorne Bair’s examples from the last blog in this series), it’s time to write up a snazzy description and send the archive out into the world, […] Read More
  • Archival Cataloguing for Booksellers: Notes Toward a Guide

    Thu, 25 May 2017 05:54:10 Permalink
    By Kate Mitas archive n. ~1. Materials created or received by a person, family, or organization, public or private, in the conduct of their affairs and preserved because of the enduring value contained in the information they contain or as evidence of the functions and responsibilities of their creator, especially those materials maintained using the […] Read More
  • Where the Sidewalk Ended – Shel Silverstein: Poet, Comic, Musician and All Around Totally Awesome Guy

    Thu, 11 May 2017 10:38:57 Permalink
    “Although I cannot see your faceAs you flip these poems awhile,Somewhere from some far-off placeI hear you laughing—and I smile.” Yesterday in 1999, the United States lost a fantastic poet, cartoonist, writer and amazing person – one who influenced hundreds of thousands of lives with his humorous poems and eccentric cartoons. However, we aren’t here to […] Read More
  • OTD in 1830 – the First Passenger Steam Train Begins a Rigorous Schedule!

    Wed, 03 May 2017 10:24:02 Permalink
    On this day, May 3rd, in 1830, the first steam train regular passenger service began! Though trains had been in use in the early 1800s, they had not been used for the transportation of people – only the transportation of goods! The incredible discovery that these trains could be used as a way to deliver people […] Read More
  • Announce: UNCOMMON SURVIVORS, A Catalogue

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:21:05 Permalink
    We are pleased to announce that our latest (and greatest) catalogue has hit online shelves everywhere! Don’t miss out on a chance to view and purchase these uncommon and surprising items, beautifully laid out by our very own Kate Mitas! Check it out here> Read More
  • What We Found in a California Gold Mine! I Mean, Book Fair. California Book Fair.

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:08:14 Permalink
    So, it’s been a couple weeks since the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair and over a month since California’s Pasadena Book, Print and Paper Fair and the California ABAA Fair! What that means in layman’s terms is that it has given us just enough time to catalogue some of the highlights found at these fairs and […] Read More
  • OTD in 1926 : H.L. Mencken Gets Arrested in Boston for Selling a Banned Copy of The American Mercury!

    Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:27:12 Permalink
    On this day in 1926, the Jazz Age was in full swing in the United States. Censorship was not an uncommon or unlawful idea at the time, and many Americans were being held to strict moral codes (like that of the prohibition) that they didn’t necessarily believe in. This was the case all over the […] Read More
  • The Northern California Chapter Quarterly Meeting

    Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:09:15 Permalink
    This past Tuesday the 21st of March saw the members of the Northern California Chapter of the ABAA at their Quarterly meeting, this time held in Walnut Creek at the elegant Massimo Ristorante restaurant. Tavistock Books had three in attendance, Commander Vic Zoschak, trusty Aide-de-Camp Kate Mitas, and myself! There were 20+ members and guests in […] Read More
  • Beware the Ides of March Today, Folks… But What on Earth are the "Ides of March"?

    Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:50:24 Permalink
    Have you ever heard anyone say “Beware the Ides of March”? I have known this phrase my whole life, and even known that it speaks of March 15th. However, I have never truly known the whole story behind the Ides or why it was something akin to a Friday the 13th – a date to […] Read More
  • "If people did not want their stories told, it would be better for them to keep away from me." The Life of Sherwood Anderson

    Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:01:15 Permalink
    As embarrassing as this is to admit, I was first introduced to this great American author through a guilty-pleasure-teenage-girl-TV-show (that shall NOT be named) and began to research him after hearing his works mentioned several times. What I originally thought might turn into a Stephanie Meyer situation (author of Twilight… It was a teenage girl show, after […] Read More
  • Some New Treasures at Tavistock

    Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:53:57 Permalink
    It’s finally the after-California-craziness time of year (though the Sacramento fair IS coming up again in March…) and boy did we find some neat new items while exhibiting at the Pasadena and Bay Area Fairs! We always like to feature a few new, great (in our humble opinion) things after we get a large amount […] Read More
  • Fair-ly Blue in the Face… That's a Wrap, Everybody!

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:30:49 Permalink
    By Margueritte Peterson Well, another year has come and passed us by. Another Book Fair has come and gone. I would venture to say not just any book fair, of course, but the ABAA’s 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, to be precise. Despite no longer being an antiquarian bookseller personally, I still attend the California ABAA fairs […] Read More
  • "The Art of Losing": Honoring Poet Elizabeth Bishop

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:47:41 Permalink
    So begins my favorite poem. I was never much of a poetry buff – having to read out badly handwritten poems in the 5th grade and then being the last one in the class to be chosen to be published in a strange Florida Kids Poetry Book pretty much nipped any dreams I might have […] Read More
  • Celebrating Children's Authors and Illustrators Week… with an Antiquarian Spin

    Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:02:12 Permalink
    February 1st marks the beginning of Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week! Now, we’ve written several blogs on some of our favorite children’s book authors, but what we haven’t done in a while is take a look at some of our most popular antiquarian children’s literature items! We thought we’d take a little tour through some […] Read More
  • Mastering Modernist Literature… A Guide by Virginia Woolf on Her Birthday

    Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:23:50 Permalink
    There have been many authors over the past century that have been considered forerunners in the art of the Modern Novel. As a matter of fact, we have written about quite a few of them in the past. Some tell-tale signs of modernist literature are a few literary techniques like a stream-of-consciousness voice or interior […] Read More
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