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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Overly (litho)graphic? 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Overly (litho)graphic?
    Published 25 Mar 2013

    Sometimes, as a bookseller, you come across something which you really can’t quite believe exists, and something that you will probably never see again.  This collecting tip by Simon Beattie is better than any steak and kidney pie.

  • What a 19th-century sex guide tells us about the evolution, stasis of Western norms 


    What a 19th-century sex guide tells us about the evolution, stasis of Western norms
    Published 19 Feb 2013

    On Valentine’s Day we celebrate a holiday of love, commitment, chocolate… and 19th-century norms on reproduction and dating? Yes, the 1800s: A reminder that sex wasn’t always fun or accurate. And there’s no better antiquarian book to savor on Valentine’s Day than ‘Physiological Mysteries and Revelations in Love, Courtship, and Marriage; An Infallible Guide-Book for Married and Single Persons in Matters of the Utmost Importance to the Human Race’ (1842). Now say that three times fast.

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