antique bookshop


Christina Rossetti
London Macmillan and Co 1896 New and Enlarged Edition
[First Complete Edition printed 1890 this being the 7th reprint]

Several illustrations by Dante Gabriel Rossetti who also designed the distinctive gilt blocking to the binding


Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells, and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower, both strange and familiar.


The Anatomy of the Human Body
by W Cheselden
Surgeon to his Majesty’s Royal Hospital at Chelsea, Fellow of the Royal Society
and member of the Royal Accademy of Surgeons at Paris
The VIth Edition [6th]
with forty copper plates - engraved by Ger. Vandergucht
London William Bowyer 1741


So we popped up to London today, had dinner at the Sherlock Holmes Pub (again lol it’s good food and a great space) and then went to see Aladdin. On the way we stopped at three second hand/antique bookshops to search for Holmesian things, because last time we were up there I bought two pretty cheap nice books. 

Anyway, the first one only had the “New Sherlock Holmes Adventures” which I took because it was cheap. And then in the second we first found the big red-bound copy which I found really pretty and then asked to see the one below from the vitrine. Initially just as a bit of a joke because it’s from that series of pretty random cover photos lol but as it turned out, this is actually a copy from 1931 which I NEEDED to buy and I’m so excited about it. It’s great! Oh and my DVD of “The Seven Percent Solution” also arrived today (Swedish cover, English language lol) so that’s why it’s added here as well.

Anyway, off to bed. Gnite! :)

The Bouquinistes of Paris, France, are booksellers of used and antiquarian books who ply their trade along the banks of the Seine, which would not be the same without the established bouquinistes. The booksellers and their green painted boxes have truly become one of the many iconic symbols of Paris. It was once said that the Seine is the only river in the world that runs between two bookshelves. Always in the open air during any weather “by the wind, the rain, the frost, the snow, the fog, and the great sun, that they end by looking much like the old statues of cathedrals”.


Libreria Pontremoli por Carolina