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If a writer has to rob his mother he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.

- William Faulkner

74164 THE HOBBIT by J. R. R. Tolkien

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” The famous opening words of this children’s classic were idly scribbled in a moment of boredom as the author was marking exam papers. Since then the book has been translated into almost every language round the globe, and has now been made into a blockbuster film by Peter Jackson.

The tale begins when Bilbo is visited by the wizard Gandalf, who has summoned 13 dwarves to invade Bilbo’s house and invite him on their adventure. They are looking for a Burglar to make the 14th member of the party, and as Gandalf says, if Bilbo is not yet a Burglar, he soon will be. The quest is to retrieve their rightful treasure from the lair of Smaug, the terrifying dragon, and after an attack by trolls they head deep into the valley of Rivendell, where Elrond chief of the Elves reads the runes for them. Next Bilbo and the dwarves are captured by goblins and when Bilbo gets separated he finds himself by a pool where the strange creature Gollum is talking to himself. Little does Bilbo know that this is only the beginning. Illustrated with Tolkien’s own wonderful line drawings, 300pp in a handsome, clothbound edition. ONLY £7


JOURNAL by Leigh Hunt Published by Henry Hooper of Pall Mall in 1838, we have a USA first edition facsimile reprint 1967 by AMS Press of New York and Bibliophile has imported the very last remaining copies. James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was a critic, essayist, poet and writer and both Keats and Shelley belonged to the circle gathered around him at Hampstead, which also included William Hazlitt, Charles Lamb, Walter Coulson and John Hamilton Reynolds. One of Hunt’s most popular poems is ‘Jenny Kissed Me’. After leaving the War Office in 1808 he became editor of the Examiner, a newspaper founded by his brother John. In 1810-1811 he edited a quarterly magazine the Reflector for his brother and wrote for this a satire ‘The Feast of the Poets’ which offended many of his contemporaries, particularly William Gifford of the Quarterly. In 1819-21 he edited the Indicator, a weekly literary periodical which included reviews, essays, stories and poems. In 1816 he made a mark in English literature with the publication of Story of Rimini but his flippancy and familiarity subsequently made him a target for ridicule and parody. The poet Shelley generously saved him from ruin but ill health obliged him to discontinue the Indicator. Shelley suggested that Hunt go to Italy with him and Byron to establish a quarterly magazine in which Liberal opinions could be advocated with more freedom than was possible at home. He left for Italy in November 1821 but storm, sickness and misadventure retarded his arrival until 1822. The death of Shelley a few weeks later destroyed every prospect for success of the Liberal. For many years afterwards the history of Hunt’s life is a painful struggle with poverty and sickness. He worked unremittingly, but one effort failed after another. Two journalistic ventures, the Tatler (1830-1832), a daily devoted to literary and dramatic criticism, and Leigh Hunt’s London Journal (1834-35) were discontinued for want of discerning high-brow subscribers, although the latter contained some of his best writing. It is this very journal that we have in its entirety beginning with Volume One from Wednesday April 2nd to Tuesday December 30th, 1934. The masses of fantastic articles to dip into time and again in this huge volume have such titles as A Masonic Extortion, Female Convicts, A Haunted House, Personal Anecdotes of Burns, Memoir of Goethe, Anecdote of a Highwayman, Anthony’s Speech Over Caesar, A Good Hint for Dancers, The Village Ale House, Castle-Building, Hints for Table Talk, The Song of the Cat, Lancashire Witches and more. The strap line of the London Journal was ‘To assist the enquiring, animate the struggling, and sympathise with all.’ It was published at Three Halfpence and is reproduced here in facsimile over three columns in fairly small print with all original headlines and advertising of books and pamphlets exactly as the original appeared. 460pp, 9" x 13", no dust jacket. $95 NOW £10

MAGAZINES 1914-2000: A History and Bibliography of ‘Little Magazines’

by David Miller and Richard Price

While it documents thousands of British poetry magazines from the last century, this remarkable volume records the amazing world of the ‘little magazine’ - a world where now famous authors are to

be found as ‘unknowns’. In fact, many of our literary giants still go on to use the little magazines as a testing ground for their writing for the rest of their lives. Here can be found the early work of T. S. Eliot, Robert Graves, James Joyce, Dylan Thomas, Samuel Beckett, Muriel Spark, Harold Pinter, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Angela Carter and many, many others. Although these magazines played a key part in the lives of so many British authors, they often had small print- runs and short lives, and many are now extremely rare. This comprehensive book lists the holdings of key libraries where the magazines can still be found. Each entry gives the editors involved, the dates of publication, documented interviews with editors, details of any published index and much other information. Thousands of descriptions outline the magazines, while short essays discuss the literary trends of the day in the context of these important periodicals. For instance, here we learn that Streetword not only published work by the Liverpool poets Adrian Mitchell and Roger McGough, now famous, but was also associated with live readings actually in the street. Well over 5,000 authors are identified in the name index, while the geographical index allows readers to locate the birthplaces of magazines across the British Isles. 452 pages with instructions on how to use this book, geographical, subject, name and title indices, timeline, and illustrations in b/w. First edition Oak Knoll Press, 2006. $95 NOW £8.50

As ever, an eclectic mix to be found! CHILDREN’S

Children are a great comfort in your old age. And they help you reach it faster, too.

- Lionel Kaufman 73944 DODSWORTH IN

LONDON by Tim Egan Dodsworth and the Duck have just arrived in London via hot air balloon. There is so much to see! Double- decker buses, palaces, fog, but a crowded bus stop leads to a hilarious case of mistaken identities and a lost duck. Time to call in Scotland Yard? Take a memorable trip with these lovely cartoon characters around Trafalgar Square and along Charing

Cross Road, playing darts in the pub, seeing Big Ben and driving on the bus along the River Thames towards Parliament and Kensington Gardens and the Royal Academy and finally to ask if the Queen can help at Buckingham Palace. There she is clapping along with the ducks as they enter the Grand Ballroom before the fogs came rolling in again. Lovely zany humour in a playful story. Big colour illus, suit ages four and up. $15 NOW £5

74016 FRANKENSTEIN: A Pop-Up Book by Sam Ita

Another in the collectable Sam Ita series of children’s classics, children of all ages, (eight to 80) will adore this very masterful piece of paper engineering. There are pull tabs, huge pop-out scenes as the monster rises, Velcro dots that go pop, the castle leaping from the pages and the experiments under glass as we unleash a depraved monster upon the world. A dramatic, three-dimensional retelling of Mary Shelley’s legendary Frankenstein it has book-style panels, speech balloons and spectacular colour illustrations which literally rise up and off the page. A graphic novel with pop-ups, special import suit ages 12 to adult collectors. £19.99 NOW £8

73983 PIPER

by Emma Chichester Clark The London-based children’s book illustrator Emma Chichester Clark was shortlisted for the 1998 Kate Greenaway Medal. Almost in black outline silhouettes, her beautiful watercolours occupy nearly all the page of this storybook. Piper is a gentle puppy, courageous and anxious to please. He does his best to follow his mother’s advice, but when his grim new master treats him badly, he is terrified and runs away. Will his quiet courage be better appreciated in the big city? See this loveable black Labrador plunge across the river and bravely save an old lady’s life. They live happily ever after. Quality reprint of the 1995 original story for ages five an up. $17 NOW £4

73884 PRINTING PLACES: Locations of Book Production and Distribution Since 1500 edited by John Hinks and

Catherine Armstrong In addition to its broad scope, this unexpectedly absorbing book also benefits from contributions which range widely over the centuries. Its medieval interest is supplied by Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy,

printed shortly before the Reformation. Then there is a chapter on the production and distribution of literature designed to enlighten readers in early modern England about the ‘New World’ for, as research has time and time again revealed, the book trade has played a leading role in the spread of new ideas, particularly to America. Norwich is highlighted in an article on publishing in the turbulent 17th century, when new religious and political thought was rapidly spreading. In an entertaining paper, the late 18th century periodical press of Edinburgh is discussed, and readers will be amused by an essay on medical advertising - with its often exaggerated claims - which was rife between 1855 and 1906. These are but a few examples of the 15 articles which, together, throw light on a fascinating and vital trade through the ages. 208 pages illustrated in b/w with chapter notes. $45 NOW £6.50



Rosen and Joel Stewart When a teddy bear is accidently left on the seat of a train, he uses his ingenuity, and some new friends, to search for the little girl who lost him. The children’s Poet Laureate certainly knows how to speak to little ones aged three and up who will delight in the story of friendship

and the atmospheric artwork. 40 pages in large softback.

$8.99 NOW £3 73941 CROWS OF

PEARBLOSSOM by Aldous Huxley

Once upon a time there were two crows who had a nest in a cottonwood tree at Pearblossom. In a hole at the bottom of the tree

lived a Rattlesnake. He was very old and very big and when he shook his rattle the noise was so loud that it could be heard by the children at school in Littlerock. Famous for ‘Brave New World’, Aldous Huxley wrote this tale for his niece Olivia as a Christmas gift in 1944. It is the only children’s story he ever wrote and now award-winning illustrator Sophie Blackall brings his witty animal characters to life. Mr and Mrs Crow have huge shiny eyes, but they have a problem. Each day Mrs Crow lays an egg, by teatime it has disappeared. One day she returns home earlier than usual from her



To all our lovely customers.

Our resolution once again this year is to promise to deliver many magic moments in reading both our catalogue and our books. Ready for 2014 and beyond, Bibliophile proudly presents an issue packed with over 200 New Year offerings. From a tiny Yoda figurine to the £350 Star Wars Blue Prints, £1 books to luxury items on which you can spend any Christmas (Booksellers Association) Book Tokens you may have received.

The author of Billy Brown, I’ll Tell Your Mother (74052) rang us up – he was so chuffed that he was placed alongside Hemingway on the front page of our issue no. 317! World War One and Two books feature prominently in our War and Militaria and War Memoirs sections and this year will be one of great remembrance.

Bibliophile is proud to announce a special writing competition which we are backing and awarding called The Deric Longden Swanwick Memorial Prize. See page 3 for details.

Editor’s favourites this month, many of which are reviewed on our YouTube channel, include a book on Strawberry Hill, Hot Air Balloons, Sandstone and Sea Stacks, The Birth of Impressionism, Clapton to Charles Dickens – a bicentenary edition with removable facsimile documents from his personal archives. Add to this lovely children’s books by Aldous Huxley and Emma Chichester Clark, 1001 Books for Every Mood, The World’s Oldest Joke Book, a Pop-Up Frankenstein, and we welcome back three bestsellers from the art publisher Taschen Erotica Universalis, The Woodbook and Toucans: 51 Fine Art Prints by John Gould. A right rum mix!

Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

& the Team (plus cats)

This edition is dedicated to Mr Martin Sterne who died on 8th

December aged 98. The photograph is of him visiting Bibliophile for his birthday treat.


shopping and discovers the old Rattlesnake coiled around her nest, smugly swallowing his latest meal. How the Crows solve the problem of this hungry snake is a tale of cleverness triumphing over greed in this rather collectable modern reprint of the 1967 original tale set near California’s Mojave Desert where the Huxleys had moved to. Huge softback pages beautifully illus in colour. Suit ages six to adult. £5.99 NOW £3.25

73999 URCHIN OF THE RISING STARS by M. I. McAllister

Packed with drama and excitement, this is the first adventure in The Mistmantle Chronicles. When the rule of the kind and fair King Brushen and Queen Spindle is overturned by a wicked plot from within the court, life for the animals of Mistmantle becomes very


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