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  • Kidnapped

    Robert Louis Stevenson

    A life without RLS cannot be said to be properly lived. This great stylist’s range even includes Ruritanian extravagances but here we have the gloriously told adventure of a young Lowlander, set in the aftermath of the last great Jacobite rebellion of 1745. It also contains one of the world’s wickedest uncles in a very gothic passage, complete with a ruined stone staircase lit only by lightning flashes, and blue-coated firecracker Alan Breck, whose entrance into the tale must be one of the most spectacular in literature.

    Paperback £7.99
  • Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

    Mark Dery

    Author, illustrator, librettist, puppet-maker, master of pseudonyms, owner of 20,000 books and 6 cats: there is so much to say about the Awdrey-Gore legacy that all we shall announce is that this is a very fine biography. And that Ogdred Weary had a suspiciously normal and fantod-free childhood.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Hermes: Pop-Up

    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.

    Hardback £22.50
  • Living Iron

    Pauline van Lynden, Vanessa Everts

    The fascinating history of iron and its impact on our lives, from the earliest days of our planet to the 21st century, is presented in this meticulously researched and smartly produced book. The authors delve into the exceptional combination of qualities the metal possesses and explains why, through millennia of rust, recycling and reinvention, this tough stuff continues to reveal enormous potential for our world and our future.

    Paperback £36.00
  • Album du Comte du Nord: Le Nôtre à Chantilly

    Jean-Pierre Babelon

    A facsimile of the ravishing album of Le Nôtre’s plans and elevations of the gardens at Chantilly, with its Chinoiserie kiosk, pavilions, stables, canals, walks etc. It was given to the ‘Comte du Nord’ and his wife, a transparent pseudonym for the future Tsar Paul I and his wife, Maria Feodorovna, travelling incognito. They visited Chantilly in June 1782, when they were given the album. The original was bought back by the French in the 1930s when the Soviets sold the contents of the imperial library. Text in French.

    Hardback £50.00
  • Consider The Oyster

    M F K Fisher

    “An oyster leads a dreadful but exciting life”… If MFK’s books are all gems, then this is a pearl. First published in 1941.

    Paperback £9.99
  • Georgian and Victorian Board Games: The Liman Collection

    Ellen Liman

    “Pay 2 for indiscretion…”  a forfeit in ‘The Cottage of Lost Content or Right Roads & Wrong Ways’. Includes games of exploration, natural wonders, the latest scientific discoveries, the Great Exhibition, the Royal Regatta, and many others. The artwork of these hand-coloured cloth-backed games, that fold out like maps, is captivating.  A gorgeously illustrated and unusual book that shines a particular light on social attitudes and customs of the times. From today’s end of the telescope, much is funny, certainly fascinating.

    Hardback £55.00
  • Eric Ravilious Scrapbooks

    Peyton Skipwith

    A scrumptious peach making a pair with the ‘Edward Bawden Scrapbooks’ two years ago.

    Hardback £40.00
  • Zahhak Legend Of The Serpent King

    Hamid Rahmanian

    There is nothing new under the sun but there are moments of genius that catch the light. This insanely elaborate pop-up retelling of Persia’s great epic, Ferdowsi’s ‘Shahnameh‘, is such a one.

    Hardback £34.99