LH led a wonderfully varied life – Greek-Irish by birth, he moved as a young man to the USA, then to Martinique and then to Japan where for many years he taught English literature at Tokyo Imperial University. First published in 1904, the year of his death, ‘Kwaidan ‘ is a collection of ghostly and uncanny stories that he translated from old Japanese texts or gathered himself.
The sequel to Ousterhout’s wonderful ‘John Henry Haynes’ of 2011, republished to coincide with this and also available from Sandoe’s.
Haynes was the photographer with the Wolfe Expedition which, on their return from Mesopotomia, spent five days at the oasis site of Palmyra, once home to the legendary Queen Zenobia. Hayne’s hundred-odd photographs of the site are an invaluable and stunning record, and in great part never published before.
In 1842 a young French artist and historian set out on a 3-year journey round the Middle East, returning with over 1000 daguerreotypes, which include the earliest surviving photographs of Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and Syria. Some 120 are reproduced in this catalogue to an exhibition at the Met.
Stephane Foenkinos & Bernard Duisit, introduction by Pierre-Alexis Dumas
Who could imagine such an eccentric and delightful thing as this? A book of creative wit, taste and imagination, in which mad words accompany the pop-up flights of fancy that are Hermes scarves, with Pegasus as our steed, cockatoos for company and a rooftop party as our destination. Beautiful colour printing on very good paper, this is a treat for hand and eye.