Books & Literature

Top Tips For The Book Buyer

Bindings
People buy books that look beautiful on the shelf. Publishers produced clothbacked books and the buyer had the books rebound to fit in with their library. Volumes bound in leather, either in calfskin or Morocco – goat’s leather that has an attractive grain – fetch thousands more than those Read more

The Value of a Book Dust Cover

A dust cover, book jacket or book cover, protects a book from wear. The dust cover is made from paper with two flaps that fit over the front and back covers, wrapping around the spine to encase the entire cover. It is normally detachable and will increase the longevity Read more

Lindisfarne Gospels

Lindisfarne Gospels
This legacy of an artist monk living in Northumbria in the early eighth century is a precious testament to the tenacity of Christian belief during one of the most turbulent periods of British history. Costly in time and materials, superb in design, the manuscript is among our greatest Read more

The Book of Kells

This is the most recognized and most remarkable artifact of medieval Celtic art. It features page after page of lavish, colorful lettering, illumination, decoration and illustration. To a large extent, the great reputation which Celtic art and design have today is based on the exceptional quality of the images Read more

William Wordsworth 1770–1850

A Character
I marvel how Nature could ever find space
For so many strange contrasts in one human face:
There’s thought and no thought, and there’s paleness and bloom
And bustle and sluggishness, pleasure and gloom.
There’s weakness, and strength both redundant and vain;
Such strength as, if ever affliction and pain
Could pierce through a Read more

WH Davies 1871-1940

Most famous poem Leisure:
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad Read more