Category Archives: Book Shop Activity

JANUARY 2021

Happy New Year. If you are reading this then you have found our website. Please explore. It is designed to allow you to browse subjects by just entering a word into the search box above. You could also visit our Catalogue section to look through books, themed by subject, but often not yet uploaded to the website.

In line with  regulations relating to COVID 19 our bookshop is closed at the moment to walk in customers. However, we are happy to answer enquiries by phone.  Call our mobile number if you think we can help you with books you may want.

We have issued  paper catalogue, List 113, this month,themed loosely on design books published during the decades of the 1930s to 1970s which we consider to have been influential in their day. Let us know if  this is something you might be interested in having a copy of. It will be sent by post in the UK and by email worldwide.

Looking forward to the day when the bookshop opening hours can be regular ones and we can welcome all our returning customers.

NOVEMBER NEWS – ED KLUZ EXHIBITION OPENS 28th NOVEMBER

Although the bookshop remains closed for walk in business we are actively trading from this website and also planning to have a window exhibition in collaboration with Lotte Inch Gallery from 28th November featuring the work of artist Ed Kluz, who draws upon architecture, and in this case solitary buildings in the landscape as his theme.  Images can be seen in our shop window.  The remainder of the show is in the window, two buildings along at 14 Bootham, which is home to Lotte’s gallery. Take a look. http://www.lotteinch.co.uk/exhibitions  

COVID 19 NOVEMBER LOCK DOWN AT SHOP BUT OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Although our shop will be closed from Thursday 5th November 2020 for a month we are OPEN FOR BUSINESS, on line, by mail order and can supply locally anything you see in our shop window.

Walking by in York?  Take a look in the window and call us if you see something you prize.  Free delivery locally in York.  We can post out for you gift wrapped, calendars, books or prints more widely. Just call us or email us to arrange it.

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.