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

February 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to the February 2023 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.

The main news this month has been the start of our long awaited building work. After a couple of weeks of clearing the room, the builders arrived on the Monday 6th February and started digging out the old floor. As we write this, the concrete has just been poured! It needs a few days to fully cure, but then we can start work on other bits and pieces before the new flooring is laid.

Digging Out The Old Floor

Fresh Concrete Poured

In other news, the fallout from the Royal Mail ransomware attack rumbles on. The attack meant we could not ship international items for almost three weeks – disastrous for small businesses! However, we managed to process all international orders, and then emailed the customers to let them know there would be a delay in the actual shipping. All our customers were very patient - thank you! Royal Mail are now shipping internationally once again (at least for business customers). All hold-backs have now been shipped although Royal Mail are warning that international items will likely take longer than 'usual' to be delivered. Again, we thank all our customers for their patience.

Finally, we thought we'd share a fun book-related story that one of our staff spotted in the local news. The collection of old books by P.G. Wodehouse, which were destined for the tip were saved by staff at Five Lanes Recycling Centre, near Caldicot. We are very glad to hear they have been saved!

We hope you enjoy the newsletter!

Pop-up, Action and Moveable Books contributed by Alison

Some books are different, some books have to have a special section of their own. Pop-up, action and moveable books all fall into this category with their own section in Room Four of the Stella and Rose’s Bookshop in Tintern.

Having grown up with pop-up books like Jan Pienkowski’sHaunted House’ I have an enduring love of this type of book and working at the bookstore has introduced me to all kinds of moving books I was previously unaware of.

Moveable books were first created in the 1200’s by Benedictine Monks who attached sliding wheels to books to help work out the holy days. While that was the first known example of books with moving parts, the first book that had pop-up parts and was commercially available was published in 1775.


A Sample of New Stock

Paying The Price! written by Hadath, GunbyThe Art of Chalk Stream Fishing written by Walker, C.F.A History of Monmouthshire The Hundred of Abergavenny (Part 2) written by Bradney, JosephHardy's Book of Fishing written by Annesley, Patrick
Paying The Price!The Art of Chalk Stream FishingA History of Monmouthshire The Hundred of Abergavenny (Part 2)Hardy
Price: £21.00Price: £15.00Price: £32.00Price: £12.00
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The Chalet School Triplets written by Brent-Dyer, Elinor M.The Adventures of Tinker The Hole-Eating Duck written by Woodroffe, PatrickLaverda (Osprey Collector's Library) written by Ainscoe, RaymondMille Miglia 1957 written by Dolcini, Carlo
The Chalet School TripletsThe Adventures of Tinker The Hole-Eating DuckLaverda (Osprey CollectorMille Miglia 1957
Price: £28.00Price: £58.00Price: £68.00Price: £68.00
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Floor Games by H.G.Wells contributed by Chris

Famous for his science fiction novels, now regarded as classics, H.G. Wells is not so well-known as an author of children’s books. In fact Wells wrote several books for younger children including ‘The Adventures of Tommy’ (1929), ‘Little Wars’ (1913) and this little book ‘Floor Games’, published in 1911.

Although he was a pacifist at heart, ‘Floor Games’ and ‘Little Wars’ were written by Wells to provide a more structured way to play war games. In fact, ‘Little Wars’ could be considered the first popular handbook for war gaming in the English language.

So, what are these floor games that Wells is describing?


A Selection from The Special Book Room

The Little Horse Bus written by Greene, GrahamThe Lives of The Most Eminent English Poets; With Critical Observations On Their Works (4 Volumes) written by Johnson, Samuel & Lonsdale, RogerEcurie Ecosse: David Murray and The Legendary Scottish Motor Racing Team written by Dymock, EricClinical Anatomy of The Horse written by Clayton, Hilary M. & Flood, Peter F. & Rosenstein, Diana S.
The Little Horse BusThe Lives of The Most Eminent English Poets; With Critical Observations On Their Works (4 Volumes)Ecurie Ecosse: David Murray and The Legendary Scottish Motor Racing TeamClinical Anatomy of The Horse
1st 1952 Red cloth, gilt title to spine and vignette to front cover. Colour and b/w illustrations. Some light staining to front cover edges. Contents clean. Dustwrapper is slightly edge rubbed with a small tear to lower corner of front panel, foxing on verso and some light marking to rear panel.
Price: £180.00
Circa 2006 Fifty-two biographies constituting a detailed survey of English poetry from the early seventeenth century to Johnson's own time. Introduction by Roger Lonsdale. Four volumes. Navy blue cloth with gilt title to spines. A lovely set contained in publisher's light blue slipcase which is just a little scuffed.
Price: £450.00
1st 2007 Ecurie Ecosse is recognised worldwide as one of the most successful private sports car racing teams ever. This book explores the reasons, both probable and possible, not only for the team's rise to prominence, but also its inexorable decline. Large format. Blue cloth boards, silver title to spine. Colour and b/w photos...
Price: £120.00
1st 2005 An atlas of equine anatomy composed of photographs of rapicly dissected fresh tissue. The dissections are augmented by numerous images made by radiography, compuged tomography, ultrasonography and endoscopy that make it easy to associate clinical findings with the relevant normal morphology...
Price: £145.00

This Month's Special Offer

20% discount on Botany in our Special Book Room.

Type in voucher code BOTANEX at the checkout to apply your discount before payment. Valid until 15th March 2023.

Browse current stock of books in this offer.

Recent additions include:

...and many more!

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Piercefield House is a largely ruined neo-classical country house near Chepstow. The house sits within Piercefield Park, a Grade I listed historic landscape, that was created in the 18th century as a notable Picturesque estate.

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Piercefield House near Chepstow

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