Monday, January 28, 2008

Book Quote-

"A man's library is a sort of harem, and tender readers have a great prudency in showing their books to a stranger".

-Emerson, "Society and Solitude"

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Gimme Some Arts & Crafts!

Here's a very fun book we just got a small pile of-

"Historic Arts & Crafts Homes of Great Britain" by Brian D. Coleman, published by Gibbs Smith in 2005.

“Exquisitely photographed and produced, this volume tours ten magnificent British homes designed in the Arts and Crafts tradition. Red House, the only house that William Morris ever built (and that also inspired his design firm), is here, as is Hill House— family home to prominent Glasgow publisher Walter W. Blackie, designed by Scotland's Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Also included are Charleston, home to Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant; Kelmscott Manor, William Morris's idyllic country escape; and Edward Lutyens' eccentric medieval Castle Drogo”.

Hardcover. 10”x10”, 159 pages, color illustrations, dj. New. Published for $39.95. Available for a limited time for $20.00

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Book Quote-

"The one invincible thing is a good book; neither malice nor stupidity can crush it".

-George Moore

Friday, January 18, 2008

A Play on History-

Here's a fun play on an historical controversey we just bought a few copies of-

"History Play. The Lives and Afterlife of Christopher Marlowe" by Rodney Bolt. Published by Bloomsbury in 2004.

I know, I know, there are more books on the Shakespeare-Marlowe thing that you can shake a stick at, but this one is different!

“Without trying to prove it, Rodney Bolt assumes that, rather than dying at twenty-nine in a tavern brawl, Christopher Marlowe staged his own death, fled to Europe, and went on to write the work attributed to Shakespeare. This is the starting point for a mischievous and brilliantly written biography of Marlowe, which turns out to be a life of the Bard as well. Using real historical sources plus a generous dose of speculation, Bolt paints a rich and rollicking picture of Elizabethan life. As we accompany Marlowe into the halls of academia, the society of the popular English players traveling Europe, and the dangerous underworld of Elizabethan espionage, a fascinating and almost plausible life story emerges”.

Hardcover. 6”x9.5”, 388 pages, dust jacket. A new copy. Published for $24.95. We have copies for $10.00 each while they last.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Nice Book on Inro-

Here's a nice new remainder we recently put into stock-

"The Inro Handbook. Studies of Netsuke, Inro and Lacquer" by Raymond Bushell. Published by Weatherhill in 2002. 3rd prtg.

“Illustrated with 136 color plates, scores of color thumbnails, and hundreds of black and white figures and drawings, this volume describes a superb Japanese art object, the small carved boxes called inro, traditionally suspended from the kimono by silk cords and netsuke buttons to carry personal items. Internationally recognized expert Raymond Bushell documents the history and design of these jewel-like, exquisitely crafted items, along with their netsuke and similar other personal objects like incense boxes, tea caddies, and sake cups”.

Hardcover. 7.5”x10.5”, 263 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Published for $75.00. While they last, we can offer this for $35.00