9/02/2009

Bookshop Treasures



On a recent visit to London we were delighted to find the rarest of all treasures, an independent bookshop by the name of John Sandoe Books Ltd. If I lived a bit nearer I think I would haunt this 18th Century bookshop, it is as if the owners have had secret access to your wish list of books and placed them strategically on view.

It was here that I found a paperback edition of “The Man Who Planted Trees” by Jean Giono and illustrated with wood engravings by Harry Brockway published by Harvill. I bought the book mainly because of its illustrations but the story is charming and for just £5.99 I think would make the perfect stocking filler for any bookworm.

Interestingly Harry Brockway trained as a stonemason and I think that his wood engravings have the qualities of a sculptor; they have a certain solidity to their form if that makes sense? You can see more of his work here.

Whilst I am on the subject of book illustration I have just heard from Mike Emeny at Books Illustrated that they will be making an appearance on the new BBC2 programme of ‘Trust me I’m a Dealer’ which is showing over the next few weeks on weekdays at 6:30pm. It is a programme where Paul Martin raises much needed funds for families with special plans.They will be involved with selling an Alice in Wonderland painting by Angel Dominguez as well as a Rupert Bear ink drawing by Mary Tourtel.

10 comments:

  1. What a wonderful find! I just love treasures like that.Thanks for including a sample of his work.

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  2. What a great find Valerie!I love browsing in any bookshop, I could stay for hours :)
    Thanks for sharing x

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  3. acornmoon - giono is one of my absolute favourite authors. i show the dvd of this book to my class every year - it is stunning. i also have the audiobook. what a find!!!!! wow!!! lucky you - steven

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  4. Oooo...I think I might just have to get this one for myself. My birthday's coming up next month. Perfect.

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  5. I cannot think of a nicer feeling Valerie than that one gets when one finds a real treasure of a book. Enjoy!

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  6. I thought specialist bookshops were a thing of the past, especially in London. You should be rewarded! (But I guess you'd say you were.)

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  7. I have been hearing so much about trees lately. Maybe because they are the focus of the season coming next. Seth Apter at The Altered Page had a link to another blog where there is a cooperative art project to focus on one particular favorite tree and take photos as the seasons change. I think I'll do it. Now to find my favorite tree! (thanks for the info on the book shop and the illustrators)

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  8. I just saw your comment at Frances' blog and decided to come over. I am so glad I did. Books are my passion, thank you so much for mentioning an independent bookseller.

    We seem to share a number of other sites, I'm glad I visited and will do so again.

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  9. This is one of my all time favorites...I usually read it a couple times a year. I fell in love with woodcuts when I purchased this gem and have been hooked ever since!

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  10. Lovely photos ~ I love the picture of the barge. They seem so romantic oddly enough. I happened upon your blog from The House of Edward. Lovely to find it :D deb

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