We are making some alterations to our shop and on the ground floor you will find more books than ever if you call to see us.
We are also making changes to our opening hours. We are often here and if you see we are in, come in! However, from now on we plan to open by appointment and will cease to be here at regular times so please give us a call if you are travelling any distance to visit. We don’t want to disappoint.
We are changing our hours because, in line with other retailers, less of you are visiting us and we plan to make more use of our website to reach you all out there and also plan to issue more lists. We hope you will still visit the shop if you live in the city or are just visiting as our customers make our shop come alive.
Our Christmas selection of books, bits and bobs are now on sale in the bookshop and both the shop and street are taking on a festive air. The street is looking particularly great with swags of fairy lights outside all the shops along Bootham, which is an initiative of all the independent shops and cafés around us. So please do come and visit us if you are in York and see what we have on our shelves. For those of you not able to come to the shop we are able to send out books to friends as Christmas presents if you want anything from our website. All books can be gift wrapped.
New Year – Ringing the changes
The 12th of January 2019 is a date to reserve in your diary as it is date of the York One Day Book Fair. This is the sister event to the York Book Fair held in September each year. We will be exhibiting there and this event kicks off the season for book sales and our busiest season. Whilst others slumber through January we will be leaping to action producing catalogues and lists for sale and then in early February will be attending the 52nd California Book Fair 9-10th February.
Shop open by appointment
Our shop will open be open only by appointment from January. Please give us a call if you would like to visit. The business will continue to operate as before but please call us if you want to visit the shop. You may find us here by chance but don’t be disappointed for want of a quick phone call.
Enjoy this catalogue which aims to give you a glimpse into the life of an architectural historian and an inquisitive mind. Some of the items in this list were originally bought from me in the 1980s when, often in the company of Nicholas Long, and Alan Powers, he was a regular visitor to the book fairs, held by the PBFA at the Russell Hotel, London; events long passed into oblivion. Other items are from earlier periods and indeed later ones. It will include samples of his own original design work and writings, as well as books, pamphlets and journals which supported his projects, his campaigns for conservation, architectural history and photographic research interests.
For a copy email us or sign up on our website for newsletters. This material will be issued as a paper catalogue and should be out in early November.
We will be there again this year with our specialist stock on art, architecture, design, gardens and photography. We are looking forward to welcoming all our regular customers and extend a warm welcome to those coming as part of The Association Internationale de Bibliophilie group who are visiting the York Fair as part of their Colloquium will take place in Durham and York this year. We have some fascinating material of all periods associated with design so hope to see you at the fair. Tickets are complimentary at www.yorkbookfair.com or from our bookshop or indeed any bookshop in the city. This is me so you will recognise me at the fair!
We have always sold garden design books at the business and so we are excited to be part of the upcoming weekend events being held in York to celebrate 250 Years of the Ancient Society of York Florists, the oldest society of its kind in the world and which has been important keeping fashionable flowers in the public eye through its shows. Our contribution to this celebration is an art show in collaboration with Lotte Inch Gallery “The Ephemeral Nature of Flowers”. This is the first collaboration between our enterprises. Part I, at Lotte’s gallery features wonderful work of the acclaimed artist Rebecca Louise Law. At no 8, next door, in Part II, there is a mixed art show of contemporary and recent artists who have used flowers as their subject. Artists include Barnett Freedman, John Nash and Derrick Greaves among others. There are also wonderful photographs by Peter Heaton, whose suite of work here is inspired by Karl Blossfeldt. Come along and look. The Bloom Festival runs 5-8 July. The bookshop show, along with Lotte Inch’s show runs to 28th July.
This year we have been moving our store room which supports our bookshop. Lots of titles have come to light that were at the bottom of piles of books on the floor there. Some of these are now featuring in our two most recent lists respectively on Landscape Design and Housing. The latter formed our list 100. I can hardly believe we have produced so many lists over the years of trading. You can find both these lists on the Catalogue section of the website.
We are also planning to be out and about in April with a visit to the Oxford Book Fair which is being held in a smart new hall at the Headington Campus on Saturday 21st April and Sunday 22nd April. Come along if you live in striking distance as it is always good for us to put names to faces.
We continue to seek unusual books for sale. We are looking for trade catalogues for stained glass windows in particular to add to a collection of trade material produced in the 19th century which will be a short specialist list issued in May or June.
We will be at the London Fair at Stand C14 so hopefully you will call and see us and find some unusual titles to start a collection with or add to one.
Our traditional inventory of books on the arts, architecture and photography has been expanding in recent years to include photograph albums, which document architectural projects, trade catalogues, which inform what was really produced, and small print run journals which give insights into contemporary design ideas at a given moment. These areas interest will be part of our stock at the fair.
Among the items we will be bringing are two short-run journals “Uppercase” [ five issues] and “Living Arts” [ three issues]. Uppercase was the brainchild of Theo Crosby and he edited this between 1958-1961 as a journal of the graphic arts and visual communication. Crosby said “if some of the communications are tenuous, then the reader must bridge the gap with his own experience.” Living Arts documents, just a few years later, the activities of the ICA in London with particular, but not exclusive interest, in the visual arts. Both these publications were at the cutting edge of design when produced.
Complimenting these runs of magazines will be individual experimental zines.
There will be original architectural drawings too spanning the 19th and 20th century on the walls of the stand including work by Robert Venturi, Maurice Adams and James Murray.
All the material mentioned in this news item is for sale [ unless someone has read it before you, discovered something and purchased it]. Highlights, beyond those mentioned here, can be viewed on this website by clicking on our catalogue section but the majority of the material at London Olympia can only be seen there… so come along.
We will be at the Grasmere book fair on the 8-9th October with a selection of material on Architecture, Design and Gardens including some original architectural drawings which link to the Lake District. If you are in the area call and see us in this beautiful spot.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of bookselling for me is buying collections and recently we have just bought two; both on aspects of design in the 20th century. Our latest collection, books selected from the library of the late Nigel Whiteley, design historian, will form our next catalogue entitled “Reference points in post war design history.” Nigel’s collection extended to some 3000 titles on art, design, architecture and place and reflected his energetic interest in the links between theory, design and culture. The concepts in one of his best known titles “Pop Design: Modernism to Mod,”  on pop theory and design 1952-72, are well represented in the upcoming list in that he collected a whole series of “first” issues of ephemeral magazines, fanzines and zeens which link place and pop culture of the period.
The breadth of interest he held in art and design movements, in general, will be also reflected in the list. He followed the progress of Archigram, the influences of modern movement architects and designers amongst other things. If this sounds interesting to you then email us and we will add you to the catalogue email list.
Our other recent purchase concerns British designers of a slightly earlier period who were associated with Alasdair Morton, who established the Morton Sundour textiles firm and the Edinburgh Weavers. This is a much smaller group of items. The Morton Family are associated with a whole range of British designers including British illustrators such as Edward Bawden and John Farleigh. Look out for material from this collection on our website. There are a few items featured here already.