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  • The Benefits of Bibliography

    Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:55:52 Permalink
    For new collectors, the idea of “books on books” may seem like a strange one. However, within this genre of books lies one specific category known as bibliographies, which are an incredible resource for collectors of virtually all levels and interests. Using a bibliography to direct your collecting efforts is an excellent way to eliminate Read More
  • A Brief History of True Crime Literature

    Wed, 07 Aug 2013 03:44:35 Permalink
    True crime literature is unique because, in the words of Joyce Carol Oates, the genre has “always been enormously popular among readers…[and] appeals to the highly educated as well as the barely educated, to women and men equally.” The popularity of true crime literature extends to the rare book world. The literature of true crime Read More
  • Meet Dr. Erin Blake, Curator of Art & Special Collections at the Folger!

    Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:45:32 Permalink
    This week we’re pleased to welcome our friend and colleague from Rare Book School, Dr. Erin Blake. Dr. Blake is the Curator of Art and Special Collections at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. She was kind enough to sit down with us to talk about her journey to the Folger and her evolving Read More
  • Are You Ready for the Pasadena Antiquarian Book Fair?

    Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:54:51 Permalink
    Photo: Bustamante Shows On August 10 and 11, over 60 exhibitors will come together at the Pasadena Center for the 14th Annual Pasadena International Antiquarian Book, Print, Photo, and Paper Fair. Visitors will find a wide variety of antiquarian, rare and modern first edition books, prints, posters, vintage photographs, and a variety of unique ephemera. Read More
  • Astronomy, Astrology, Potato, Po-tah-to?

    Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:18:52 Permalink
    Since the Neolithic age, humans have attempted to track lunar cycles and understand their relationship with natural phenomena like the changing tides. From these rudimentary attempts, the fields of astrology and astronomy were eventually born. The two disciplines evolved together, but our changing understanding of the universe has relegated astrology to the world of superstition Read More
  • Elias Samuel Cooper: Renowned and Controversial Surgeon

    Wed, 10 Jul 2013 04:31:05 Permalink
    The nineteenth century was a time of exploration and discovery in the field of medicine. One man who made significant contributions to the field in America was Elias Samuel Cooper, a surgeon whose aspirations stretched beyond building a successful private practice. Dr. Cooper founded the first medical college in San Francisco, where his techniques drew Read More
  • Rare Books in History: The Revolutionary War

    Wed, 03 Jul 2013 03:09:57 Permalink
    Tomorrow the United States celebrates Independence Day, the commemoration of the American colonies’ declaring their intention to gain independence from British rule. The New York Public Library has placed its copies of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights on display, and the widespread interest in these items illustrates the significant role that books Read More
  • Meet Art Conservator Extraordinaire, Karen Zukor!

    Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:37:32 Permalink
    This week we welcome special guest Karen Zukor to our blog! Zukor is the senior conservator at Zukor Art Conservation. She’s been a professional paper conservator for more than thirty years and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation. She’s been responsible for many collections, both public and private, trains both pre- and Read More
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

    Wed, 19 Jun 2013 01:47:32 Permalink
    Summer is officially underway, and the season is synonymous with family vacation, road trips, and carefree adventures. Though the ways we travel have evolved over time, the thrill of the journey endures. Planes Since the beginning of time, humans have been obsessed with flight. At first, their attempts were based on the way birds flew. Read More
  • Caring for Your Rare and Antiquarian Maps

    Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:57:03 Permalink
    Rare book collectors often encounter maps, which present special challenges because they’ve usually been folded (and unfolded and refolded again) as part of their original use. They also make wonderful display pieces, so collectors may have to consider preservation and conservation for maps as hanging art. Handling Antique Maps When the oils and salts on Read More
  • A Warm Welcome to Margueritte Peterson

    Thu, 06 Jun 2013 03:51:57 Permalink
    We’re thrilled to announce that Margueritte Peterson has joined the team at Tavistock Books! Margueritte lends a hand with cataloguing, answering customer inquiries, and many other functions. Margueritte graduated in 2012 from the University of Florida, where she majored in English Literature. Her specialization was children’s literature, and she completed her honors thesis on A Read More
  • The Two Endings of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations'

    Tue, 04 Jun 2013 03:00:12 Permalink
    Surely Charles Dickens took many secrets to his grave, but one of those secrets didn’t last long. Dickens made a significant change to the ending of Great Expectations–and in the nick of time! He’d already sent his manuscript off to the publisher when he decided on the change. Dickens’ indecision means that collectors have a Read More
  • A Brief History of Broadsides

    Wed, 29 May 2013 09:15:46 Permalink
    “Broadsides are the most legitimate representatives of the most ephemeral literature, the least likely to escape destruction, and yet they are the most vivid exhibitors of the manners, arts, and daily life, of communities and nations. They imply a vast deal more than they literally express, and disclose visions of interior conditions of society, such Read More
  • Alexander Pope's Legacy of Satire and Scholarship

    Tue, 21 May 2013 08:21:41 Permalink
    On May 21, 1688 Alexander Pope was born to Alexander and Edith Pope. Despite all odds, Pope would blossom into a preeminent British poet of the eighteenth century. Pope left behind an ingenious translation of Homer’s Iliad, along with a robust body of poetry and criticism. Though history has not always been kind to Pope, Read More
  • The Man Behind the Beloved Freddy Series

    Wed, 15 May 2013 03:42:32 Permalink
    George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1945) is synonymous with talking animals, but Orwell wasn’t the first to populate a novel with anti-establishmentarian, anthropomorphic animals. Walter R Brooks created the beloved Freddy the Pig and his friends on Bean Farm almost two decades earlier. Though Brooks’ Freddy books aren’t as overtly political as Orwell’s work, they do Read More
  • Rare Books a Mother Could Love

    Wed, 08 May 2013 04:47:27 Permalink
    This Sunday the United States celebrates Mothers Day, and many of us are still searching for the perfect gift ideas. If your mother has a predilection for rare books, choose the perfect volume for her personal library. Evoke Childhood Memories Classic children’s books give Mom an opportunity to reminisce about her youth–and to share a Read More
  • The Millerites and the Great Disappointment

    Wed, 01 May 2013 10:06:21 Permalink
    The Seventh-day Adventist Church rose from what most would consider an epic failure. William Miller predicted the return of Christ–inaccurately, and his followers broke into multiple sects, of which the Seventh-day Adventist Church was one. The literature and ephemera of the Millerite community offers a fascinating look at religion and spirituality in the mid-1800′s. A Read More
  • Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

    Tue, 23 Apr 2013 01:08:11 Permalink
    Today we celebrate the birthday of the world’s most famous playwright and poet, William Shakespeare. While he’s best known for works like Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth, Shakespeare produced an incredibly diverse body of work that includes many overlooked pieces. Scholars have approached Shakespeare from countless angles. Both Shakespeare’s works and Shakespearean Read More
  • Charles Dickens' Debt to Henry Fielding

    Mon, 22 Apr 2013 01:39:29 Permalink
    When Charles Dickens’ sixth son was born on January 16, 1849, the boy was named for one of Dickens’ favorite authors. Supposedly Dickens had first thought to name the boy after Oliver Goldsmith, but he feared the child would be ridiculed as “Oliver always asking for more.” Instead he named his son Henry Fielding Dickens, Read More
  • Congratulations to Travis Low, Winner of the Tavistock Books RBS Scholarship!

    Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:08:16 Permalink
    We’re extremely pleased to announce that Travis Low of Ken Sanders Rare Books has won this year’s Tavistock Books Scholarship to Rare Book School (RBS). Travis will take Joel Silver’s course, Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books, at RBS in Charlottesville, Virginia. Rare Books through the Back Door As many of us in this field Read More
  • Kate Greenaway: Legendary Illustrator of Children's Books

    Wed, 17 Apr 2013 01:59:31 Permalink
    One of the few artists to gain true celebrity from illustrating children’s books, Kate Greenaway was one of the most influential illustrators of her age. Greenaway, along with Randolph Caldecott and Walter Crane, revolutionized illustration. Popular in both Europe and the United States, Greenaway has remained highly sought after, even among contemporary children’s book collectors. Read More
  • George Steevens: Bibliophile, Scholar, and Prankster

    Wed, 10 Apr 2013 03:41:09 Permalink
    Perhaps best remembered for his exceptional contributions to the study of Shakespeare, George Steevens was also an incredible collector of books. His enthusiasm for Elizabethan literature led him to build an amazing collection, which also included a number of William Hogarth prints. After Steevens’ death in 1800, his library was sold. A significant portion went Read More
  • Happy Birthday, Washington Irving!

    Wed, 03 Apr 2013 04:44:09 Permalink
    Today we celebrate the birthday of Washington Irving, American author, historian, and diplomat. Though best known for his short stories “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle,” Irving was a prolific writer who also penned several historical fiction books and biographies. Childhood and Education Irving was born the same week that Britain’s ceasefire ended Read More
  • The Rare Books of Baseball

    Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:16:21 Permalink
    This weekend kicks of the beginning of the 2013 Major League Baseball season. While the precise origins of the game remain dubious, the sport has gained a sure place as the most popular sport of focus among rare book collectors. A Legendary Rivalry Henry Chadwick (1824-1908) was a British-born journalist. A true baseball enthusiast, Chadwick Read More
  • Don't Miss the Spring Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair

    Wed, 20 Mar 2013 06:18:09 Permalink
    This Saturday we’ll be taking Tavistock Books on the road for the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair. One of the best regional book fairs, the show features booths from 60 vendors. This Sacramento book fair has gained an excellent reputation in the community, and visitors will find an incredibly variety of items, including many that cannot Read More
  • Hit the Books with Us at RBS

    Wed, 13 Mar 2013 03:58:46 Permalink
    When’s the last time you were in school? If you’re into antiquarian books, bibliography, or any other aspect of the printed word, it’s time to re-enroll. Rare Book School (RBS) offers an incredible array of courses taught by leading scholars in the field. This year, Tavistock Books is pleased to offer a scholarship to an Read More
  • Clara Barton: Heroine of Civil War Nursing and Record Keeping

    Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:01:56 Permalink
    “We have captured one fortGreggand one charnel houseWagnerand we have built one cemetery, Morris Island. The thousand little sandhills that in the pale moonlight are a thousand headstones, and the restless ocean waves that roll and breakup on the whitened beach sing an eternal requiem to all the toll-worn gallant dead who sleep beside. -Clara Read More
  • Of Slavery, Psalms, and Sculpture

    Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:28:39 Permalink
    We love rare books not only for the stories told on their pages, but for the stories of the volumes themselves. The previous ownership of a book, known as provenance, can often be even more interesting than the book itself. Such is the case with one copy of The Psalms of David; though this book Read More
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