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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.