The Enduring Relevance of Dr. Seuss’s Political Cartoons and Illustrations

“And the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones…But those were Foreign Children and it really didn’t matter” An early Dr. Seuss cartoon has gone viral for the second time in recent years. First used as a condemnation against international inaction regarding the crimes against humanity in Syria in 2015, the cartoon has more recently been used to oppose the detention camps on the US-Mexico border, where children are being separated from parents seeking asylum in the … Continued


The Last Slave Ship: The Story behind Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon

A Daring Bet, and the Consequences that Fell in the Wrong Place In the late 1850s tensions were rising between the North and the South in the United States, and the South’s desire to hold on to slavery was a key issue in those tensions. Many laws had been made toward the abolition of slavery, including a bill passed in March 2, 1807, that made it illegal to import slaves into the United States after January 1, 1808, or to … Continued


You Can’t Read in Prison

Censorship in Prisons Recently, there has been news coverage of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander being banned in New Jersey Prisons. The book, which argues that the US criminal justice system today functions as a form of racial control similar to the Jim Crow laws of the pre-Civil Rights era, was taken off of the banned list in New Jersey shortly after the story broke. The book was also banned in … Continued


Fire and Fury: Your Friendly Reminder to Search for Trump-Related Titles by ISBN, Not Title

With the recent surge of interest in Michael Wolff’s White House tell-all, Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, we at Biblio have seen a spike in orders for a variety of books containing the phrase “fire and fury” in the title. But alas, readers are so eager to indulge in the gossip and stable ingenuity of the Trump White House that in their haste to order a copy of the tell-all, they are mistakenly ordering books like Fire … Continued


Agatha Christie Manuscript Notebook Going to Auction

agatha christie manuscript notebook - listed by Lucius Books on Biblio

 

Agatha Christie wrote out her brainstorming and inspiration in handwritten notebooks, and now James Hallgate of Lucius Books has one of those notebooks up for auction.

Lucius Books, who sells on Biblio, has the manuscript notebook listed for sale. You can browse the listing on Biblio here.

From their description: “Manuscript notebook, written entirely in the hand of Agatha Christie containing 175 pages of notes relating in depth to the Miss Marple novel “A Murder Is Announced” (here with the working title “A Murder Has Been Arranged”) and the play “Spider’s Web”. With further notes relating to the novel “They Do It With Mirrors”, a page regarding the play “Miss Perry”, an alternative plot for “A Pale Horse”, notes for a Mary Westmacott novel, jottings of autobiography, a room sketch to illustrate the layout for a murder and much more.”

agatha christie manuscript notebook - by lucius books on biblio.com
An unassuming notebook containing a wealth of inspiration from Agatha Christie

The auction will take place at the “China in Print” fair, whih features rare books, manuscripts, maps, and photographs. The fair runs through November 17-19 at the Maritime Museum in Hong Kong.

Lucius Books (ABA, ILAB) is located in York. They carry a high quality stock of first editions, signed copies, bound sets and childrens & illustrated books with some original art. Browse their full inventory on Biblio.

If you are a fan of Dame Agatha Christie, you can browse her rare and collectible titles here.

 

 

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

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The JFK Assassination: Books exploring the Conspiracy

The recent release of 2,800 previously classified or redacted records from the FBI and CIA related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has reignited the country’s interest in this case. So far the CIA has released around 69,000 of the 87,000 documents related to the Kennedy assassination. The original work, the Report of The Warren Commission On The Assassination Of President Kennedy by President’s Commission On The Assassination Of President Kennedy, was an 888-page report published on September … Continued


Author E.R. Braithwaite (1912-2016)

Guyanese author E.R. Braithwaite has passed away at the venerable age of 104. Braithwaite is best known for his award-winning novel To Sir, With Love. This autobiographical tale tells of his time as a schoolteacher in the East End of London. The book was made into a film starring Sidney Poitier and the singer Lulu. His writings mostly dealt with the difficulties of being a black man with a classical education in a world full of discrimination.  Braithwaite joined the … Continued


All Hallow’s Read 2016

Bernie Wrightson, Frankenstein
Bernie Wrightson, Frankenstein

It’s time for All Hallow’s Read again, that magical time of year when we give the gift of fright!

If you haven’t yet heard about it, All Hallow’s Read is a month-long celebration of the horror genre (for the adults) and spooky stories (for the kids). The idea is, whether it’s a beautifully-wrapped Stephen King novel to your spouse, a dog-eared copy of Frankenstein you abandon on a park bench with the inscription “Take Me!” on a Post-It Note, or anything in-between, that we all take the time to give each other scary books. (more…)

Pru is a North Carolina native, transplanted to the bustling base of South Carolina’s tiny share of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she tag-teams with her husband to herd two brilliant boys and two cats.

When she’s not busy blogging with Biblio or toiling over original works, you can most likely find her speeding around in the mountains, blasting egregiously loud music and singing off-key.

Despite being fresh in the bookselling scene, she’s been a insatiable reader since forever, and will point you to her love for Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen, while tucking Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams behind her back and shushing them. Honestly, she’ll read anything you put in front of her. Help support her writing career via Patreon


First Photographic Images of Yellowstone to be Auctioned on October 20th 2016

A correction: Mr. Peteen and PBA Galleries have let us know that the auction is on October 20th, 2016 – not September 20 as we first reported. This October 20th, San Francisco’s PBA Galleries will be auctioning off a book of rare William Henry Jackson images. The auction company will feature a bound volume of 76 “Albertypes” of Yellowstone National Park made from negatives produced by Jackson. What makes these images so remarkable, besides their quality, is their aforementioned rarity. … Continued


The dread and envy of them all

In the wake of the British “Brexit” vote that not only begins the process of withdrawing from the European Union, but also potentially triggers the break-up of the United Kingdom, the libretto to a piece of eighteenth-century theatre illustrates the tangled history of Britain and Europe. In 1700, England faced a succession crisis: twelve years previously, the Roman Catholic king James II had been ousted by his daughter, Mary Stuart and her husband, the Dutch Protestant William of Orange. They … Continued