Category Archives: Book Shop Activity

OPEN BY APPOINTMENT

Our bookshop has been painted up and the shelves ordered to allow you to browse and buy books now. We are however only going to be open by appointment for the next few weeks. Please give me a call if you would like to look around. Opening by appointment will allow you to look about at your leisure without concerns on social distancing in our tiny shop.

We look forward to seeing you there. Telephone 0780 394 1307  if you would like to visit.  We can also deliver books bought on line within the city limits for free or you can buy on line and select to collect at the bookshop.

CAN WE HELP YOU? HAVE YOU GOT…..?

Although our bookshop is closed for visitors we are busy finding books for people like you. We are able to send you books you might need to entertain, divert or for work. Talking to our customers, many of you are doing those jobs around the house, painting, decorating, gardening and so on.  Others of you are working from home on projects. We have lots of “how to do it” titles when it comes to conserving or restoring your house, designing gardens or making stuff. If you think we can help, just ask and we can select something for you from our stock.  Our website is designed for you to browse particular categories of books. Take a look.  Happy to help. The item illustrated is just one of the books we have just added to our site.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF OUR BOOKSHOP

Like most other bookshops, we regretfully have closed our doors for what, I hope, will only be a very short time. This is so the UK  can get back on track with getting the corona virus under control. Meanwhile we can be contacted by email at this time which is shown at the top of the page.  You can also telephone us on our mobile number 0780 394 1307. Keep healthy and take a look at our books for sale here. If there is anything you would like to reserve then please go ahead and contact us. We will be sending out all reserved books or those bought directly from our website as soon as we can.

QUIET? CORONA VIRUS

Not of lot of parties going on are there? York is uncommonly quiet with few tourists or residents around and many working from home. The bookshop is still open with a skeleton staff . We are working. If you are in York and would like to visit at this time, we recommend you ring ahead to check we are here. We  will welcome you.

Meanwhile, we have uploaded our spring catalogue onto this site and you might find things on that not on the general part of the website. Click on  Catalogues to find it.

Whilst the post is still being collected you can buy books from us and we can send them to you so hope you will. If you live within the boundaries of York then we are happy to deliver to your door any books you would like by bike, car or on foot, dependent where you are based.

 

TWYCROSS: MANSIONS OF ENGLAND AND WALES – CORNWALL

In 1846 Edward Twycross,  began a major project to record the country houses of Cornwall. He produced descriptions of over 80 with superb illustrations of 51 of them, publishing them in a wonderful book  which combines the family and architectural history of each house. The book was only produced in an exceptionally limited edition. Indeed there were only fifty two subscribers to the original edition.

Twycross had ambitious plans to extend the series for all of England and Wales, but following the publication of the  Cornwall volume he only managed to produce editions for Lancashire and Cheshire [ two parts for each County] before the whole project was cut short by his early death.  All titles in the series are rare and fabulously expensive.

This year, Kenneth Cooper, who has an enviable collection of country house view books and early guide books, in collaboration with Adrian Lack of the Senecio Press and Ludlow Book Binders,  has produced a facsimile of the Cornwall volume supported by an introductory essay on the history of the book and project.

We are promoting this beautiful edition and it can be purchased from us through the book shop, or by ordered from us by email or telephone. Attention to detail has guided the production of this lovely book which is limited to 175 copies.  Please contact us should you like to add this to your collection.

SPRING 2018 Events and Catalogues

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.

Christmas at Bootham

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 have made a Christmas list of gift books and any of these can be sent to you post free and even gift wrapped.  This is in the catalogues section of the website, please have a look.

AND AFTER

The 13th of January 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. 2018 seems only a blink away.

Seasons greeting to any of you reading this news item about our bookshop.

SEPTEMBER – The Book Season New and Second Hand Art titles

The summer season is drawing to a close and September for us is always busy. We will be welcoming the Society of Architectural Historians to York next weekend and have been putting together some titles for a bookstall for their conference. Then it is the York National Book Fair in the middle of the month 15th-16th September. This is the largest book fair in Britain with 224 exhibitors, related trade stands and so on. It always has a festival atmosphere. We are also launching our new catalogue on “Traditional Building Skills”  which is a catalogue made up of titles collected by two members of the Anelay family in York who ran a specialist building firm up until last year and was highly regarded for its skills in building conservation. 

To cap it all we have been selected as Yale’s Bookshop of the Month  which will allow us to discount all Yale Representation titles to our customers. Just a few things to keep us busy after the lazy days of summer.

Please call and see us at 8 Bootham, York. We will make you welcome… finally our bags are back in stock. Buy a book and get a bag for free.

SUMMER IN YORK

Visit our bookshop if you are in York. We will make you welcome. The walls are decked with lovely prints and architectural drawings and the shelves packed with books on art, architecture, design and photography. Our bookshop is just around the corner form York City Art Gallery in a location where there are lots of other independent shops. Drop by and see us.