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September 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to the September 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 this newsletter finds you all well. Here, the summer heat has abated and some much-needed rain has left the Wye Valley looking a little greener than a month ago!

With the return of most children to school after the summer holidays, the shop is somewhat quieter - especially on the weekends. So if you prefer to visit the shop when it's quieter, now is a good time.

In this month's article, Steve takes us on a vampire hunt (no garlic required), and for our featured book, Chris has chosen a stunning book on the River Esk.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter!

A Vampire Hunt contributed by Steve

On a beautiful hot day in the middle of July, my brother-in-law invited me to go on a vampire hunt. Now I hear Transylvania is nice this time of year – but it seemed a long way to go for a day-trip!

Our vampire hunt was to start at the South-East edge of the Black Mountain, between Sennybridge and Ystradgynlais in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. My brother-in-law (Mark) assured me there was definitely a vampire to be found – but not of the Bram Stoker variety. Rather, this was the flying kind – a de Havilland Vampire.


A Sample of New Stock

Scottish Estate Tweeds written by Harrison, E.P.The Red Balloon written by Lamorisse, Albert & Barnes, MalcolmA History of Monmouthshire The Hundred of Usk (part 1) written by Bradney, JosephGalway: History & Society written by Moran, Gerard & Gillespie, Raymond & Nolan, William
Scottish Estate TweedsThe Red BalloonA History of Monmouthshire The Hundred of Usk (part 1)Galway: History & Society
Price: £28.00Price: £24.00Price: £25.00Price: £48.00
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The Secret Mountain written by Blyton, EnidMemoirs of Monmouth-Shire 1708 written by Rogers, NathanThe Magician's Nephew written by Lewis, C.S.Wye Valley (NN 105) written by Peterken, George
The Secret MountainMemoirs of Monmouth-Shire 1708The MagicianWye Valley (NN 105)
Price: £84.00Price: £22.00Price: £48.00Price: £18.00
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Up River - The Song of the Esk contributed by Chris

Up River - The Song of the Esk written and illustrated by Darren Woodhead

This book caught my eye on the shelf because on front and back of the dustwrapper are beautiful watercolour paintings, on the front a singing male blackcap and on the back a winter woodland scene.

On reading the introduction what impressed me most was, firstly, the fact that the artist never uses white paint, instead he allows the white paper to shine through his paintings. To me that seems like painting in the negative – working all around the aspects of the picture that are to remain white. Secondly, all these pieces of artwork were completed directly from life while the artist was observing the subject in its natural environment...


A Selection from The Special Book Room

The Grand Prix Car (2 Volumes) written by Pomeroy, LaurenceCinderella written by Southgate, VeraThe Lord of The Rings (3 Volumes) written by Tolkien, J.R.R.British Wild Flowers written by Johnson, C. Pierpoint
The Grand Prix Car (2 Volumes)CinderellaThe Lord of The Rings (3 Volumes)British Wild Flowers
Circa 1956 Large format. B/w photos. Folding b/w diagrams. In Volume One of this classic history of Grand Prix cars and their races Laurence Pomeroy covers the period 1906 to 1939. The early chapters are devoted to a detailed survey of the contemporary racing background in the course of which the results of 235 major events are recorded and analysed and every new car which appeared during the period is briefly described and assessed, both in relation to...
Price: £320.00
1st 1964 Ladybird Series 606D. The original 'well-loved tales' classic! Buff boards with blue vignette and titles. Full-page colour illustrations throughout - in this version Cinderella wears 3 different dresses (pink, white and blue). Foxing and browning to varying degrees to wrapper and book/pages. Wrapper also has edge-creasing with edge-tears and small nicks; surface paper damage to top of spine; rear panel is very foxed. Illustrations are still nice and bright throughout.
Price: £120.00
2nd 1966 Three volumes. 2nd edition. Red cloth, gilt titles to spines. Foldout map to rear of each book. Light bumping and wear to top and tail of spine. Tape glue residue marks to endpapers of all volumes. Foxing and browning to outer page edges. The Fellowship of the Ring has small damp mark along front endpaper edge. Wrapper is edge-creased with some chips and nicks, mostly to top and tail of spine; some grubby marks to rear panels.
Price: £450.00
Circa 1863 Green cloth. All edges gilt. Gilt titles. Re-issue: to which is now added a supplement containing 180 figures of lately discovered flowering plants by John W. Salter and the ferns, horsetails, and club-mosses by John Sowerby. Hand-coloured plates. It appears that the spine has been at some time repaired and strengthened; couple of small old splits to spine are still showing. White tape to joints, from repair. Bookplate to front endpaper. All plates are present. Some plates have...
Price: £250.00

This Month's Special Offer

Special Offer

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

Type in voucher code LONDTEX at the checkout to apply your discount before payment. Valid to 5th October 2022.

Browse current stock of London books in this offer.

Recent additions include:

...and many more!

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