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

April 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to the April 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 we write this, the first bluebells are just starting to appear in the woods around Tintern. They are such a joy to see on the morning dog-walk - a carpet of blue! Meanwhile, at the shop we have nearly completed reinstalling all our bookcases with a view to re-opening to the public soon. Watch the banner on our home page for further news.

We mentioned last month about our new webcam that can be viewed from our website. We have now got the camera mounted permanently on the outside of the building so the picture quality is much better.

First Bluebell

We recently purchased a large collection of A&C Colour Books. Sonia's has been busy getting them on our shelves but she's taken time out to write this months article - all about these beautiful books with their stunning plates and eye-catching bindings. Michelle has chosen our featured book this month - The Herb-Garden by Frances A Bardswell (coincidentally this is an A&C Black Colour Book!). So if you're green fingered or thinking of starting a herb garden - this might just be the book for you!

And finally, Chris Bryant has provided another photo for our newsletter - this time of St. Mary's Church. The church is nestled in the woods above the village and has an interesting history. We hope you enjoy the newsletter!

A&C Black Colour Books contributed by Sonia

Adam & Charles Black publishing house was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland shortly after Adam (the ‘A’ in A&C Black) Black’s 23rd birthday in 1807, when he opened his own bookshop. Many booksellers in Edinburgh at the time were also publishers. Adam’s nephew, Charles (the ‘C’ in A&C Black), joined the business in 1834 until his death in 1854. In 1889, the business was moved from Edinburgh to Soho, London. In 2000, A&C Black was purchased and, at the time of writing, is still owned by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

For us, as booksellers, when someone offers us A&C Black Colour Books, we spend a lot of time checking that all the colour plates are present as it is these that give the books their value and makes them collectable.


A Sample of New Stock

Deep-Water Sail written by Underhill, Harold A.Analysing Formula 1: Innovative Insights Into Winners and Winning In Grand Prix Racing Since 1950 written by Smith, RogerThe Adventures of Tintin Red Rackham's Treasure written by Herge, The Moon's A Balloon written by Niven, David & French, Philip
Deep-Water SailAnalysing Formula 1: Innovative Insights Into Winners and Winning In Grand Prix Racing Since 1950The Adventures of Tintin Red RackhamThe Moon
Price: £18.00Price: £30.00Price: £14.00Price: £30.00
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The Mightiest Mahseer written by Harper, StephenThe Rivers Wye and Lugg Navigation A Documentary History 1555-1951 written by Stockinger, Victor RichardFatal Flight: The True Story of Britain's Last Great Airship written by Hammack, BillThe Water Babies written by Kingsley, Charles
The Mightiest MahseerThe Rivers Wye and Lugg Navigation A Documentary History 1555-1951Fatal Flight: The True Story of BritainThe Water Babies
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The Herb-Garden By Frances A Bardswell contributed by Michelle

The Herb-Garden by Frances A Bardswell Published by A & C Black

I was instantly intrigued when I spotted this little book. It isn’t very often that I see a gardening book dedicated solely to the cultivation of herbs. My interest in this subject started when I bought my own house and garden a few years ago. I knew that I wanted lavender bushes for their fragrance and attraction to bees, but I hadn’t really given any thought to what else. I then found myself in garden centres, sniffing various herb plants to find out what smelled nice and bringing them home to plant all together in a small section of my garden. Maybe this book would have helped me plan it all out correctly and tell me which plants should go next to which.


A Selection from The Special Book Room

Fairy Tales By Hans Andersen written by Andersen, Hans ChristianAncient Tales and Folklore of Japan written by Smith, Richard GordonThe Arab of The Desert written by Dickson, H.R.P.Folk Tales of Britain Narratives (3 Volumes) written by Briggs, Katharine M.
Fairy Tales By Hans AndersenAncient Tales and Folklore of JapanThe Arab of The DesertFolk Tales of Britain Narratives (3 Volumes)
Sumptuous light blue moire silk binding, gilt decorated front cover and spine. 12 superb colour plates plus 17 full-page line drawings and numerous other decorations. Cream pictorial endpapers. 197 pages. 11.25 x 8.75". Bumping and wear to spine and corners. Foxing and...
Price: £480.00
Circa 1908 Grey cloth with gilt titles to spine and front cover. Top edge gilt. Decorations also to front cover and spine. 62 colour plates. A & C Black Colour Book in the 20 Shillings Series. 4 page booklist to rear. Early edition, but has 4 page (later) booklist to rear. 1-2" tear/damage...
Price: £140.00
1967 A Glimpse Into Badawin Life In Kuwait and Sau'di Arabia. Brown cloth with red title label and gilt title to spine. B/w photos and fold-out maps. Bumping and wear to spine and corners. Inscriptions in ink to front endpaper. All plates and maps etc. are present...
Price: £195.00
1st thus 2011 Three volume set. Collected and edited by Katharine M. Briggs. Preface by Philip Pullman. Colour frontis and b/w illustrations. Green cloth, gilt titles to spines, vignettes to sides. Slip case is a little better than very good - a few small knocks along edges.
Price: £100.00

This Month's Special Offer

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

Type in voucher code FIELDSPOEX at the checkout to apply your discount before payment. Valid to 11th May 2022

Browse current stock of Field Sports books in this offer.

Recent additions include:

...and many more!

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St. Mary's Church, Tintern

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