Bytown Bookshop http://bytownbookshop.ca USED & RARE - BOUGHT & SOLD Sun, 09 Mar 2008 18:31:08 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.0.5 en A Hard Life Being a Book http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/03/09/357/ http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/03/09/357/#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2008 18:28:48 +0000 Richard Tales from the Bookshop http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/03/09/357/    Sometimes being an old book that no longer holds the interest of its reader can lead to a rough life.  This poor old E. Phillips Oppenheim book we found in recent lot of books we received was run over by a car not once, but twice!  Note the two very distinctive tire patterns on separate pages.  Rest assured, this poor double hit-and-run victim is now safely being rehabbed in our care.

Tire track 2   Tire Track

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Classic Schoolboy Artwork http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/03/08/classic-schoolboy-artwork/ http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/03/08/classic-schoolboy-artwork/#comments Sat, 08 Mar 2008 19:53:19 +0000 Richard Tales from the Bookshop http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/03/08/classic-schoolboy-artwork/    In a load of books we recently received, we found several young detective novels and boys adventure books from the 1930’s that displayed a young gentleman’s artistic ability and penchant for scantily clad women.  Illustrations of Betty Baker (a 930’s movie star) and other much more imaginative femme fatales were found on many a blank page found throughout the books.  Here is a sample of the budding artist’s fine work.

Betty Baker   Betty Baker 2

Sugar  Oranio

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Book Thieves!! http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/03/04/book-thieves/ http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/03/04/book-thieves/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2008 22:41:38 +0000 Richard Items of Interest http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/03/04/book-thieves/    A friend brought this article to my attention today written by a frustrated bookseller in Seattle who rants about the “Pleasures and Perils of Chasing Book Thieves“.  After having a few Kerouc titles lifted at somepoint over the last week, I can share in the writers frustration and wonderment at why people would look to steal from a small individually owned bookshop.   Oh ya, the chain stores stopped stocking quality books years ago.  

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Bytown Bookshop in the Ottawa Citizen http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/03/01/bytown-bookshop-in-the-ottawa-citizen/ http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/03/01/bytown-bookshop-in-the-ottawa-citizen/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2008 19:17:47 +0000 Richard Bookshop News Tales from the Bookshop Local Stuff http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/03/01/bytown-bookshop-in-the-ottawa-citizen/    A few weeks back Bruce Deachman from the Ottawa Citizen popped into the store and to let us know he was working on an article for the Travel section on 5 bookshops that were worth making a trip into Ottawa to see.  We had lots of fun answering his questions (including our unpublishable response to the most interesting item we have in stock) and showing off our antique printing press and stock of fine letterpress books.  The article came out in today’s issue and we were surprised to not only see a great little write up on us, but a nice colour photo of me at the press smack dab in the middle of the page.  Thank you Bruce for the nod and the opportunity to show off some of our fun stock.

Citizen article

Full article

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Calling All Book Appraisers http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/27/calling-all-book-appraisers/ http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/27/calling-all-book-appraisers/#comments Wed, 27 Feb 2008 19:25:01 +0000 Richard Bookshop News http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/27/calling-all-book-appraisers/    Looks like ABE will soon be developing a list of book appraisers for collectors to reference when looking to have a rare book or collection appraised.  It will be interesting to see the response from the general bookseller populace as to whether it is seen as a nice added touch by ABE, or whether it will be completely avoided by booksellers in fear of receiving never-ending e-mails from people world-wide looking for free quotes and estimations on the value of uncle Henry’s favourite old book. 

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Big Time Printing Making http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/25/big-time-printing-making/ http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/25/big-time-printing-making/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2008 14:15:27 +0000 Richard Letterpress Printing Items of Interest http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/25/big-time-printing-making/    At an upcoming Small Press Month Wayzgoose in Tacoma, the organizers have arranged to have a series of steamroller print demonstrations throughout the day.  Local artists will design 3′ x 3′ engraving on wood, linoleum and other mediums which will then be run over by a steamroller to create the impression.  A video of steamroller printing in action can be seen here.

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Bloomsbury Auction http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/22/bloomsbury-auction/ http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/22/bloomsbury-auction/#comments Fri, 22 Feb 2008 23:41:55 +0000 Richard Private Presses Items of Interest http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/22/bloomsbury-auction/    Just a heads up that the next Bloomsbury Auction is a doozy.  We just received the catalogue and it is packed with nearly 1000 private press, finely illustrated and scarce childrens books, not to mention hundreds of original drawings, watercolours and sketches used in books.  Will be a fun one to watch while dreaming I was a millionaire.

Bloomsbury   Auction piece

Beatles

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Feathertale Review http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/20/feathertale-review/ http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/20/feathertale-review/#comments Wed, 20 Feb 2008 23:22:10 +0000 Richard Book Reviews Items of Interest http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/20/feathertale-review/    We just got in a handful of the new Feathertale Review and a few of their first issue.  Normally I don’t stock journals or magazines but the e-mail that Brett Popplewell sent soliciting their review caught my attention and the fact that Feathertale’s editor is a very distinguished monkey didn’t hurt either (I have a soft spot for simians).  I’ve read a bit from both issues and the articles and short stories I’ve hit so far have been quirky and a great to read.  We have a few copies for sale in the store, if oddball fiction and quirky cartoons involving monkeys and aliens strike your fancy.  There is also more great nonsense and content on the Feathertale website.

Feathertale Review

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Two Great Interviews with Ottawa Booksellers http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/18/two-great-interviews-with-ottawa-booksellers/ http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/18/two-great-interviews-with-ottawa-booksellers/#comments Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:14:36 +0000 Richard Local Stuff Items of Interest http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/18/two-great-interviews-with-ottawa-booksellers/    Nigel Beale was in the shop again on Sunday and mentioned that he had posted in the past few weeks a couple more audio-interviews he had with local booksellers.  Having not been to his blog in a while, I popped over to enjoy the excellent interviews with Richard Fitzpatrick and Patrick McGahern that were posted.  Some older interviews with booksellers Nigel has met can be found here.

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A Little Lesson on the Private Press http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/17/a-little-lesson-on-the-private-press/ http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/17/a-little-lesson-on-the-private-press/#comments Sun, 17 Feb 2008 16:31:51 +0000 Richard Local Stuff Letterpress Printing Private Presses http://bytownbookshop.ca/2008/02/17/a-little-lesson-on-the-private-press/    Larry Thompson and I had a great time last Wednesday as we were voluntold to present a 2hr session on the theme of the Private Press for the most recent meeting of the Bytown Book Artists (likely as retribution for our endless letpress chatter at previous meetings).  We put together a decent little slideshow of the history of the various Private Press movements and the great printers of then and now.  To liven things up a bit we brought plenty of examples from as far back as the Strawberry Hill Press to the most current releases from the Barbarian Press.  As well, Larry put together a great letterpress demonstration for the group using the wee little printing press I bought last year.  Everyone had a turn given the handle a pull and making their own little letpress card.  The evening was a joy, as everyone was genuinely interested and lots of great questions and comments were voiced.  Thanks to Mary McIntyre for organizing the evening and the kind gift afterwards.

Here is the little piece that everyone got the chance to print off.

Bookbinders piece

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