Which is a chapter title from John Hill Burton’s “The Book Hunter” (1862) – and somehow suggested by this random image which WordPress has foisted on me and seems reluctant to replace.
The blog is to record our travels in search of books, bookshops and bookmen (and women), in the south and west of England. We set out on Tuesday, August 2nd. As the current president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, a pressing concern is the rapidly diminishing number of genuine antiquarian, rare and simply second-hand bookshops across the country.
We face the loss of the base of the pyramid that supports our trade in rare books. The loss of the habit of browsing in real bookshops. The loss of habitat that can threaten any species.
We travel in search of what remains. We travel in search of ideas.