A successful weekend in terms of unusual finds... I have acquired these items for next to nothing, and after having done some online research... Well, all I can say is that I am extremely satisfied with my purchases!
First, a splendid copy of a book I have recently re-read (I had read it in French when I was a child!). Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.
Presumed First Edition, 1889, with a handwritten dedication dated 3/7/95 (1895) and some lovely illustrations throughout by Arthur Frederics.
Then after having found a wonderful book of poems by Christina Rossetti a few weeks ago, I have now acquired a book of poems by her more (in)famous brother, Dante Gabriel: The Blessed Damozel (and other poems) part of the Friendship Booklets series published by T.N Foulis LTD and illustrated by Paul Woodroffe. (presumed to be from 1916, with handwritten message dated "Summer 1925").
Another fantastic find was the fabulous Winkles and Champagne by M. Willson Disher (first published 1938, this edition 1974).
It is a book about the British Music Hall and is illustrated with lovely photographs, programmes, song covers, bills, posters and cartoons (mainly from the author's personal collection!)
I also bought two books from the lavishly illustrated Time-Life series "Seafarers" (1978), The Vikings and The Pirates!
Finally, I got my hands on these five illustrations by Anne Anderson (1874-1930) the whole lot for ... £2.50! Aren't they absolutely gorgeous?
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