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Chocks away! What better way to spend rainy days than collecting first editions of Biggles’ adventures

November 9th, 2012 · No Comments

I am grateful to Roger Harris to sell for  his assistance in writing this post.  Roger is the publisher of  Biggles.com and WEJohns.com, both of which I recommend highly. HOW I hate the rain. Every time we plan to  go somewhere or do something, it pours. Even  Bonfire Night was a washout. There was a […]

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All I want for Christmas is a pop-up book

November 8th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Time was when the must-have Christmas present for children and adults alike was a magical book like the ones illustrated here. In their own way, they were the Victorian equivalent of the Game Boy — and they didn’t need batteries. They are mechanical or metamorphic books, designed to be interactive, their pages changing as the story develops, all at the whim of the reader.
Today’s collectors call them “pop-up books”, a catch-all term that covers a multitude of elaborate and innovative three-dimensional and other designs that remain as captivating today as they were a hundred years ago.
Actually, mechanical books have a long history.

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Tags: Books · Christmas · Juvenalia

Annual treats

July 26th, 2007 · 5 Comments

There’s no shortage of choice: Barbie and Sindy, My Little Pony and the Brownies continue to have mass appeal for the girls, while us boys go for Thunderbirds, Spiderman and relative newcomer Bob the Builder. All are on sale this Christmas and so it was –admittedly with a different cast of characters – since the […]

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Tags: Books · Cartoons · Juvenalia · Toys

Leonardo notebooks go online and available for download

September 6th, 2006 · No Comments

A newly-released website, www.davincinotebooks.com makes available the entire content of Leonardo da Vinci’s 14th century notes. Renaissance humanism saw no mutually exclusive polarities between the sciences and the arts, and as impressive and innovative as Leonardo’s artistic work are his studies in science and engineering, recorded in notebooks comprising some 13,000 pages of notes and […]

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Rare books – good investments, if you read between the lines

January 18th, 2006 · No Comments

by Christopher Proudlove©Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português I’m a Lord of the Rings fan myself, so entreaties to join the family at the cinema to watch The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe over the holiday break fell on deaf ears. It sounds like it was my loss: the film received […]

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