We are beginning to collect together our books, images and related items for Rare Book Week London. We are exhibiting at Olympia at the ABA venue at Stand CO7 and hope you will come and see us.
The theme of the book fair is “the birth of the gothic” so we have been looking though our stock to see what gothic items we might bring. I imagine those who thought up the theme had little thoughts of architecture and design texts. They were rather thinking of the gothic novels of Mary Shelley, WIlliam Beckford and so on and of course other more ghostly and ghoulish things. But the gothic is all around us in architecture and at Janette Ray Booksellers, so much so that often we take it for granted. Be assured we will be there with some fabulous gothic if not gothicky items including the wonderful drawings of John Carter for Durham and Gloucester Cathedral, and related to Beckford, Murphy’s Plans Elevations Sections and Views of the Church of Batalha, in the Province of Estremaduras in Portugal.
On our stand we will also have the anti-gothic in the form of modernist texts and books relating to architecture, design, art and photography. For a different take on things come and visit us.