Tag Archives: Cambridge

A Cambridge Binding — John Bird Hawes (1820-1885)

Even after all these years, I’m still astonished at how little valued and appreciated many old books are.  Here’s a case in point — a book I bought inexpensively on my travels last summer.  Just how inexpensively, you can gauge … Continue reading

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Ernest William Heffer (1871-1948)

The booksellers W. Heffer & Sons, although now reduced to a single large shop from an earlier chain,  has long been a cherished Cambridge institution.  It is still a very fine bookshop, now boasting a revived second-hand department, and is … Continue reading

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A World Much Changed

A thought that occurred to me when I found myself (in the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences in Cambridge) standing next to the remains of a rhinoceros found in the nearby Fens. We think of our own modern world as … Continue reading

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Although I’ve lectured at Cambridge a couple of times, my real affiliation has always been to ‘the other place’ and I’ve never spent much time there.  Time to remedy that and we thought it might be nice to stay in … Continue reading

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Robert Bowes

Back to the past at this Hogmanayish time of year – in search of the first Scottish president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (International) – Robert Bowes, who became president in 1914. Bowes was born near Stewarton in rural Ayrshire … Continue reading

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