Stella and Rose's Books Specialists in rare and collectable books

March 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to the March 2021 newsletter from Stella and Rose's Books. The aim of our newsletter is to keep you informed of new information, articles and books available on our website.

As always, we hope this newsletter finds you safe and well. This month spring seems to have finally arrived! We've had a few lovely warm days, and spring flowers are starting to put on their stunning display in the Wye Valley. A gaggle of 20+ Canada geese have taken up residence in the field opposite the shop adding an interesting new feature to the local soundscape.

You're probably all wondering how our building work is going. We're happy to report that this phase is pretty much complete! The new bookcases are installed and in use, new electrical wiring is complete, and the decorators are arriving next week to tidy up the various holes, gashes and general mess left behind. Phase two is to investigate the floor in room 2 - which was also paid a visit by the river last year. We hope to start this phase in a month or two, but for the moment we're enjoying a bit of peace and quiet. However, the roofers should be arriving any moment as we write this... so watch this space.

We recently made one of the largest book purchases we've made in several years with the purchase of over a thousand Folio Society books from a collector in Israel. The books arrived in 54 boxes, strapped to 3 shipping pallets! The shipping company dropped the pallets off in the road at 9am - so it was 'all hands on deck' to get them off the pallets and into the shop as quickly as possible! The new bookcases had their first use and came in very handy as we unpacked the boxes.

Bookcases being installed

We're now gradually working our way through the collection and you'll see the books appearing on our website over the next couple of months.

Anyhow, we hope you enjoy this newsletter!

Teddy Bears contributed by Chris

What did Andy Pandy, Christopher Robin, Zippy, Kermit, Bill Badger and Noddy all have in common?

Answer: They all had a bear in their lives! (To find out which bears you have to read to the end of the article…)

While these bears take many forms, I am going to focus on the beloved Teddy Bear for this article. How this delightful stuffed toy got its name is quite a long story. It began with Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States...


A Sample of New Stock

Lambs'-Tails and Suchlike written by Brisley, Joyce LankesterEylau-Friedland: The Polish Campaign written by Hourtoulle, Francois-GuyBig Ben - It's Engineering Past and Future
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The Eagle of The Ninth written by Sutcliff, Rosemary
LambsEylau-friedland: The Polish CampaignBig Ben - ItThe Eagle Of The Ninth
Price: £95.00Price: £30.00Price: £25.00Price: £25.00
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Five Get Into Trouble written by Blyton, EnidThe Adventures of Dougal written by Thompson, EricThe Last Days of Steam Around Darlington written by Burdon, DavidNapoleon's Marshals written by Chandler, David G.
Five Get Into TroubleThe Adventures Of DougalThe Last Days Of Steam Around DarlingtonNapoleon
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Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the English contributed by Sonia

This is a wonderful book, depicting fifty different social types of the 1800s. From The Sovereign to a Farmer’s Boy; a Judge to a Gipsy (spelt Gipsey in this antiquarian tome). Full of glorious hand-coloured aquatint plates and a facing page of accompanying textual history, it depicts a huge range of social types and customs.

According to research, the plates are engraved from earlier images by William Henry Pyne (although they are not accredited in our copy), presumably from those published in his ‘The Costume of Great Britain’ (London: 1804, 60 plates). The plates are coloured by English engraver William Alexander.


A Selection from The Special Book Room

Biggles And The Noble Lord written by Johns, W.E.Escape To Persia written by Hull, Katharine & Whitlock, PamelaA Portion Of The Journal Kept By Thomas Raikes, Esq. From 1831 To 1847 (2 Volumes) written by Raikes, ThomasLondon Night written by Morrison, John & Burdekin, Harold
Biggles And The Noble LordEscape To PersiaA Portion Of The Journal Kept By Thomas Raikes, Esq. From 1831 To 1847 (2 Volumes)London Night
1st 1969 Blue boards, gilt title to spine, 152 pages. Spine and corners slightly bumped. Heavy foxing, mainly to textblock. Price-cut wrapper is slightly edge rubbed, rear panel is a little grubby and there is slight foxing on the verso.
Price: £480.00
1st 1938 Red cloth, gilt title to spine. Pictorial endpapers. B/w illustrations. Spine and corners slightly bumped. Covers slightly grubby. Name and date in ink to verso of front free-endpaper. Foxing to contents. Dustwrapper is grubby and edge worn.
Price: £150.00
1858 Brown leather covers, raised bands to spines, gilt titles. Comprising Reminiscences of Social and Political Life in London and Paris During That Period. New edition, In Two Volumes. Raikes was best known in London as a dandy...
Price: £140.00
2nd 1934 Large format. Dark blue cloth with silver titles and little stars. An interpretation of the manifold spirit of London by night through the medium of the camera. Introductory essay by Morrison. Fifty photographic studies by Harold Burdekin...
Price: £180.00

This Month's Special Offer

Special Offer

20% discount on Girls books in our Special Book Room.

Type in voucher code GIRLEX at the checkout to apply your discount before payment. Valid to 11th April 2021

Browse current stock of Girls books in this offer

Recent additions include:

...and many more!

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The Stella & Rose's Books Team

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