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July 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to the July 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 you and your families are well. July is always a quiet month, maybe it's the better weather getting people outside and away from books! After a lull in our recent renovations, we start 'stage 2' next week with various bits of work happening - including a new ceiling in one room in the shop and the staff kitchen being renovated. All very exciting!

We did send out a special newsletter to our European customers regarding recent taxation legislation which has had an effect on us. For parcels going to the EU (with a value under £130), we are now required to calculate and collect tax on the order before passing that money on to an EU state. After much debate and discussion, we have reluctantly decided that this is simply too complicated for us as a small business to achieve. However, we list our books on several online marketplaces who are able to jump through this legal hoop for us. One of these marketplaces is Biblio; so for EU orders we are directing customers to Biblio to complete their order. We'll continue to monitor this situation; if things become a little clearer and simpler, we may review this decision.

We continue to be offered lots of lovely book collections from all over the world. We recently were able to purchase a complete set of The Letterpress Shakespeare published by The Folio Society; these beautiful books will be appearing on our website over the next few weeks. As always, if you have any books that you'd like to sell please email us a list and some photos!

This month, Rosemary has written an article linked to her love of wild swimming; while Bernice takes a peep into the 'prehistory of sweets' in her look at Laura Mason's fascinating book. We hope you enjoy this newsletter.

For the Love of Water contributed by Rosemary

Water is so precious to all humans and the myriad life forms we share this blue planet with. In researching this article, I have found many interesting facts.

A qanat is an ancient tunnel system built in Iran and Iraq to transport water from a reliable source of groundwater reservoirs to areas requiring irrigation. Being underground they are naturally resistant to water loss through evaporation or natural disasters such as earthquakes.


For the Love of Water

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A Sample of New Stock

This Game of Ghosts written by Simpson, JoePorsche Carrera 6-962
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Village Christmas written by Read, MissNineteenth Century Architecture In Britain written by Turnor, Reginald
This Game of GhostsPorsche Carrera 6-962Village ChristmasNineteenth Century Architecture In Britain
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The Spanish Inquisition written by Kamen, HenryAutocourse 2001-2002 written by Henry, AlanThe Blue Fairy Book written by Lang, Andrew & Aiken, JoanMilitary Swords of Japan 1868-1945 written by Fuller, Richard & Gregory, Ron
The Spanish InquisitionAutocourse 2001-2002The Blue Fairy BookMilitary Swords of Japan 1868-1945
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Sugar-Plums and Sherbet – The Prehistory of Sweets contributed by Bernice

Sugar-Plums and Sherbet – The Prehistory of Sweets by Laura Mason

Sweets. We all like sweets and ate them as children. I remember it was a special treat to go to the shops to buy some sweets and then having to choose from the rows of jars. It was not easy! Sherbet was my favourite, but I don’t seem to be able to find it anymore. That is part of the history of sweets in that they have changed and been reinvented over the years.

The term sweets to me means boiled sweets such as humbugs, barley sugar, seaside rock and jelly types such as jellybeans as well as marshmallows. It seems though that we use the term to include just about anything sweet... Do you know how they get the letters into seaside Rock? How they twisted barley sugar? The difference between fudge and tablet?


A Selection from The Special Book Room

Ferns (NN 74) written by Page, Christopher N.Gulliver's Travels written by Swift, JonathanRussian Alices: Illustrated Editions of Alice In Wonderland From The USSR and The Post-Soviet Era written by Carroll, Lewis & Ianovskaia, Tatiana & Harris, Olia & Parry-Davies, EllaThe Beauties of England and Wales Vol XV Parts 1 & 2 (2 Volumes) written by Britton, John & Brewer, J. Norris & Hodgson, J. & Laird, F.C.
Ferns (NN 74)GulliverRussian Alices: Illustrated Editions of Alice In Wonderland From The USSR and The Post-Soviet EraThe Beauties of England and Wales Vol XV Parts 1 & 2 (2 Volumes)
1st 1988 New Naturalist No. 74. Green cloth, gilt title to spine. 21 colour photos and over 160 photos and diagrams in b/w. There is light foxing to the textblock (mainly to top edge) and a small stain to lower corner tip of rear free-endpaper.. Dustwrapper is just a tiny bit edge rubbed but is faded to spine as is usual with this series.
Price: £300.00
1st thus 2011 Title page and spine of solander case is entitled: Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World by Lemuel Gulliver. Large format. Vellum spine & corners, gilt title to spine, front board is pictorial. Red repeating design endpapers. Limited to 1000 copies, each with an original etching signed...
Price: £450.00
1st 2016 A first exploration of the wonderful selection of Russian and Ukrainian illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland. Limited Edition of 160 Standard copies. Large format. Red cloth spine with white title, pictorial paper boards and endpapers. Beautiful colour illustrations throughout. 171 numbered pages. This is Copy No. 110.
Price: £150.00
1814 Brown leather spines and corners; raised bands to spines, gilt titles; marbled covers. Part 1 - Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Part 2 - Wiltshire and Westmorland. 30 and 23 plates respectively. Spines have varying degrees of fading (Part 1 is more faded). Browning to covers. Foxing and browning throughout.
Price: £200.00

This Month's Special Offer

Special Offer

20% discount on Field Sports books in our Special Book Room.

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