Category Archives: Bookselling

Let’s abolish stock images

The older I get the more grumpy I become about ‘stock images’. When buying second-hand books on the internet I like to be able to read an accurate description, which includes details of all the faults, and also view an … Continue reading

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Historical Lowestoft lithograph

I was very tempted with this today. Lot no. 2 in Key’s auction of East Anglian Art at Aylsham was described as a mid-19th Century hand-coloured lithograph, after J. Reid and engraved by F. Jones, a ‘View of the New … Continue reading

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Lost in transit – to track or not to track?

Richard Moffatt, of Poor Richard’s Books just ‘down the road’ from me at Felixstowe writes in this week’s Sheppard’s Confidential: “I recently sent, by surface mail, two modern first editions, signed, and collectable, to a buyer in China. They never … Continue reading

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Edward Seago and Pegasus

Recently I was privileged to be able to visit the Dutch House, the home and studio of the artist Edward Seago at Ludham in Norfolk. For those unfamiliar with him Edward Seago was born in Norwich, the younger son of … Continue reading

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Royal Mail – Visible economy shipping please!

Booksellers (and book-buyers), do you have customers (or relations) in Iraq, Iran, India or Pakistan? If so when you agree to ship using Royal Mail’s ‘International Economy’ (the old Surface mail), look up the rates on Royal Mail’s ‘Price-finder’ and … Continue reading

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Primary Source Edition

I recently bought a book on Ebay which the seller had described as a ‘primary source edition’. In the area of military history it was a well-known title, ‘The Secret War 1939-1945’ by Gerald Pawle, an account of a department … Continue reading

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Cataloguing ‘The Time of My Life’

I didn’t set out to read this autobiography, subtitled ‘A Frontier Doctor in Alaska’, from cover to cover but in cataloguing it I just got hooked. First published in 1943 the author, Harry C.  de Vighne, presented a collection of … Continue reading

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Right Hearty Greetings!

We internet booksellers spend much of our time in cataloguing, that is examining and describing the books that we have for sale, and a diligent cataloguer will always riffle through the book to make sure firstly that all pages (and … Continue reading

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Book Sale update

As a result of the book sale a cheque for £445.08, two thirds of the proceeds, was presented to Angie Buxton-King, the principal fund raiser for the East Coast Hospice at their London Road North charity shop in Lowestoft, on … Continue reading

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Charity book sale!

Added 16th November 2013: Grand Charity Book Sale, 10.00am-3.00pm Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November at the Stella Maris Hall, Gordon Road, Lowestoft, in support of the new East Coast Hospice. Original post 28th October 2013: As a … Continue reading

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