Dr. Jorn Gunther Rare Books of Basel, Switzerland, has issued a catalogue of Heroes and Heroines, "Volksbucher" prose novels in late medieval society. "Volksbucher" are kind of hard to define. They appear around 1470 as printing starts to pick up in larger volumes. It literally means people's books, which is to say books that were now available to a wider segment of society. That is not to say that farmers and the poor were reading the latest novels. It was still limited to people of education and means, but no longer just a select few, primarily clergy, as it had been. Besides which, the p...
Rare Book Monthly Reviews - May - 2017 Issue
Science, Medicine, Natural History, Japanese and Military Books, Paper from Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller
Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller recently issued their Catalogue 219. It is divided into four topics, with no discernible connection other than these are the fields in which Hill is expert: (1) Science,...Read More
Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books has released their Catalogue 35. While there is no further title or description of the contents, we note that the material primarily relates to architecture and some f...Read More
Raptis Rare Books recently issued a new catalogue. While I have not been able to locate a title, it does provide a useful guide to what is inside – a table of contents. Here are the subjects ...Read More
Patrick McGahern Books has issued their Catalogue 254 Rare, Scarce and Interesting. That title stumped me a bit – three adjectives but no noun. Rare, scarce and interesting what? So, I looked...Read More
Peter Harrington of London has published a catalogue of Winston Churchill and the Second World War. I initially misinterpreted this title, thinking it much more restrictive than it is. It does not ...Read More