Sunday, October 31, 2010
A while ago I mentioned a collection of artwork I'd bought - the remains of an art student in the 1930s-1940s called Barbara Long. I've been preparing a few more for sale and these scraps fell out of the box. They are probably value-less but they are completely charming. Quick little sketches of her favourite screen idols of the day.
For the last few hours I've been listening to Philip Glass playing his own Metamorphoses on solo piano and working on a poem. I've been trying to get back into writing for a long while now and this is the first time in I don't know how long that I've been able to produce some lines that I'm happy with: not quite happy enough to share yet, but almost...
The clocks go back in about an hour...
Friday, October 29, 2010
You get this kind of tourist photo album from all over the world from the 1880s onwards. This one probably dates back as far as the 1890s and, clearly, contains scenes of Amsterdam, 12 of them in fact on albumen print photos which have been mounted onto board, 'concertina' style, within red cloth-covered covers. Amsterdam isn't the most collectible of places - it's not Sri Lanka, Hong Kong or even North Africa, all of which have masses of collectors prepared to pay good money for vintage photos - however, what I like about these photos is that, although they clearly show the 'scenes' that one would expect, they also show the people, ordinary people, going about their ordinary business in an unposed way, and this is unusual.
Monday, October 25, 2010
The picture above is from our penultimate day in Dorset. Using a thirty year old book of walks that we found on a shelf in the cottage we stayed in, we thought the walk which takes you to the forgotten chapel in the woods sounded rather good. And this is the treat with which we were rewarded. A half-hour from any road, and a good way inside a open mixed wood on a large country estate is this glorious ruined chapel, still cared for and with family burials from Victorian times up until just this year, set into the forest floor. And the directions from the book were pretty much still accurate even today - not much changes in the country they say.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Other Abebooks lists include:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 09, 2010
The consolation prize, although nothing like as great as MY lot of photos, was a huge archive of drawings from the 1930s/40s by an art student called Barbara Long. Most of them are nudes - male and female - they are very varied in quality and there is are many other subjects too including images of WW2 at home. There may be more of the nudes later but for now I thought this hoary old sailor telling tales of the sea to the boy on the quay might be appreciated here!
Thursday, October 07, 2010
PS. To my correspondent, Peter, I'm very grateful for the tip-off you provided and have tried to email you to that effect but each email I have sent is bounced back to me... I hope you will see my gratitude here and know that I have contacted the vendor concerned and wait a response.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
I don't want this to become an apologia for my somewhat geeky interest in bookseller's catalogues, but the above selection does, I hope, provide some clue as to why they are such a great resource. For a start, there's a book catalogue for every subject. Just on this post we have Judaica, Iceland and early typography - just about any subject that grabs you will have had a catalogue devoted to it at some stage - although I confess that the Nordic book catalogue looks to me like nothing more than 143 pages of consonants and other letters with lines through them!
Sunday, October 03, 2010
[If anyone would like a copy of my edition of How I Was Buried Alive, they can be had for 9.99GBP plus postage - please use the 'email me' link on the right hand side and I'll happily provide more details of course.]