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March 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to the March 2022 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 safe and well. We have finally had the last bit of flooring replaced on the ground floor of the shop. As we write this, the bookcases are being reinstalled in the affected rooms. It will be such a relief to see all the building works come to completion!

In other exciting news, we've fitted an external camera to the shop to allow us to monitor the river level remotely. During the recent storms we kept having to rush into the shop at all hours in case of flooding. The river in Tintern is tidal - so the flooding risk depends on tide levels, recent rain and wind direction. Being able to see the river level allows us to quickly know if there is a risk of the shop flooding. Anyhow, the camera automatically uploads images to our website every few minutes. So if you want to know what the weather is like in Tintern, or the current river level, pop along to our 'about' page to see the latest picture!

As always, we have some great articles this month. Jo has written an article looking at the life and works of M. Pardoe - famous for writing the 'Bunkle' series. And Theresa has chosen this month's featured book - 'Erte at Ninety-Five'. This stunning book contains some of the graphics the artist created during the 1980's. Enjoy!

M. Pardoe contributed by Joanne

M. Pardoe or Margot Mary Pardoe was born in August 1902 in London and was the only child to a well-off family, her father being a surgeon.

She was educated at a boarding school in Hertfordshire until she was 17. It is said that she used only her initial M. instead of her full name, as she was teased during her younger years about how her name rhymed! Although perhaps her publisher thought that using an initial only would make the author more appealing to a wider audience, a tactic that has worked well for some.

The family spent summers on the French Riviera and Pardoe lived with a family in Paris after her schooling, where she trained to be an opera singer. During her life, her family moved around, living in London, Aberdeenshire and finally moving to Hampshire. Pardoe would remember areas where she had lived and holidayed and use them as a base for some of the settings in her books.


A Sample of New Stock

Good Old Secret Seven written by Blyton, EnidJennings' Diary written by Buckeridge, AnthonyMorocco From A Motor written by Vernon, Paul E.The Spirit of Paris written by Sommerville, Frankfort
Good Old Secret SevenJenningsMorocco From A MotorThe Spirit of Paris
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A History of Engineering Metrology written by Hume, Kenneth J.The Wind In The Willows written by Grahame, KennethThe Eighth Holiday Book written by Blyton, EnidWelsh Guards at War written by Ellis, L.F.
A History of Engineering MetrologyThe Wind In The WillowsThe Eighth Holiday BookWelsh Guards at War
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Erté at Ninety-Five - The Complete New Graphics contributed by Theresa

Erté at Ninety-Five - The Complete New Graphics

Erté at Ninety-Five, published in 1987, contains the graphics the artist has created between 1982 and 1987 using serigraph or silk screen printing. The introduction to the book is by Erté himself, he talks about his childhood, his works and working practices. If you love design, I am sure you will love this book.

“Erté’s creative demands on the print medium have required the development of new techniques in serigraph printing and other graphic methods, such as hot-stamping of metallic foils and embossing.”


A Selection from The Special Book Room

The Rime of The Ancient Mariner written by Coleridge, Samuel TaylorME 262 Volume One written by Smith, J. Richard & Creek, E.J. & et al, Regimental Fire! The Honourable Artillery Company of World War II 1939-1945 written by Johnson, R.F.Rupert Annual 1942 - More Adventures of Rupert written by Bestall, Alfred
The Rime of The Ancient MarinerME 262 Volume OneRegimental Fire! The Honourable Artillery Company of World War II 1939-1945Rupert Annual 1942 - More Adventures of Rupert
1st 1910 Very large fomat (12.5 x 9.25"). Beautiful green cloth with gilt titles and decorations. Brown pictorial endpapers. 20 enchanting tipped-in colour plates plus b/w text illustrations and decorations. Calligraphic text with decorative borders. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. A very handsome book. Bumping and wear to spine and corners, with some fraying to cloth...
Price: £160.00
1st 1997 The first volume of an exhaustive study of the Messerschmitt ME 262, the world's first operational military jet aircraft. Large format. Red boards, silver title to spine, blind title to front. B/w photos and illustrations, colour fold-outs. Small knocks along cover edges, with brown stain along bottom edge of front cover. The odd margin mark, else contents are still excellent!
Price: £130.00
Leather bound - very dark blue, gilt title to spine and vignette to front cover. This is a Limited edition. Fold-out maps and b/w photos. This is Copy No. 106 - Presented to Capt. J.F.K. Cheston-Porter. Browning along bottom edge of front cover. Wear to spine. Page edge browning; light foxing. Wrapper is edge-creased with a few closed tears and chips; some fading and marks.
Price: £150.00
1942 Pictorial card wraps - Rupert waving from castle ramparts. Produced during the second world war when paper shortages were at their worst, this is the rarest of all the Rupert annuals. Printed only by Harrison. Front cover and spine are 'detached' from the binding; covers are holding on by rear join. Bottom 2" of spine are MISSING; a further 1" of surface paper loss...
Price: £480.00

This Month's Special Offer

Special Offer

20% discount on Natural History books in our Special Book Room.

Type in voucher code NATHISTEX at the checkout to apply your discount before payment. Valid to 9th April 2022

Browse current stock of Natural History books in this offer.

Recent additions include:

...and many more!

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