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  • 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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