Books in the blood: memoirs of a fourth generation bookseller

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Private Libraries Association, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 313 pages
This engaging memoir is an interesting and captivating series of short stories from a noted antiquarian bookseller and head of Bertram Rota, Ltd. Each story focuses on actual events experienced by the author in his daily rounds. Sometimes humorous, sometimes very poignant, each work shares with the reader the unique bibliographic world of this remarkable man. Co-published with the Private Libraries Association.

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Contents

Acknowledgments
13
ILLUSTRATIONS
15
frontispiece l Bertram and Anthony Rota c 1964
32
How It All Began
33
Julian Rota at Long Acre
35
Anthony Newnham
38
Paying for Lunch
42
The Book Quotient
49
John Ryder cet 80
154
The Printer and the Artist
157
Arranging the Stock
159
Brown Paper Packages
167
5 A Lilliputian 1
173
George Lazarus in his eighties
181
David Magee
185
MS of Sir Nigel 1906
188

Reflections on Book Fairs f
56
Leaflet for the Jocelyn Brooke Archive
60
Lord Alfred Douglas
63
S George F Sims
66
Forrest Reid
75
When Greek Meets Greek
81
A Grievous Blow
93
Anthony and Bertram Rota c 1957
94
F Warren Roberts c 1962
104
Harry Ransom c 1960
106
The Bradley Archive
118
George Lawson
124
The International League
131
Part of Hilaire Bellocs library
194
1f Laurie Deval
203
Harry Cahn
208
Beware of Little Old Ladies
223
Tulsa Oklahoma
246
Auctions
253
The Law is a Ass
264
You Are Always Welcome in a Bookshop
275
Changing Places
281
Interior of the shop Long Acre
282
Bodley House 1947
296
Index
305
Copyright