Does a Misprint Make a Book Worth More Money?

Does a Misprint Make a Book Worth More Money?

Published on 17th August 2016 in Uncategorized.
Have you seen the Harry Potter typo? You might have recently seen the recent story about the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – it’s been reported that it may be worth thousands of pounds thanks to a typo that exists in 500 hardback copies of the first novel in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world...
The Amazing Tale of The Ancient Library of Alexandria: Part 2

The Amazing Tale of The Ancient Library of Alexandria: Part 2

Published on 1st August 2016 in Uncategorized.
Last week we tried to solve the mystery of the fire that burned the Ancient Library of Alexandria down to the ground. Today, we're continuing our search for the guilty culprit... If Julius Caesar was to blame for the fire, surely this would be absolute in the history books (or what’s left of...
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The Amazing Tale of The Ancient Library of Alexandria: Part 1

Published on 18th July 2016 in Uncategorized.
You know we love a library here at Décor Books, and today we’re taking a look at one of the most legendary, spectacular examples. The Ancient Library of Alexandria stood in the city of Alexandria, Egypt. Even to this day it’s renowned for being one of the largest and most significant libraries...
How to Extend the Life of Your Lovely Antique Book Collection

How to Extend the Life of Your Lovely Antique Book Collection

Published on 16th June 2016 in Antiquarianism.
Keeping your antique books in tip top condition can be a challenge. As these books are often made from natural materials such as cloth, wood and leather, they're prone to deterioration. Unfortunately, these materials, while beautiful, make books susceptible to degradation from water, strong light...
Classic Books You Just Can’t Help But Fall in Love With

Classic Books You Just Can’t Help But Fall in Love With

Published on 2nd June 2016 in Uncategorized.
Everyone loves a good a page-turner, right? So what is it that makes a book a 'classic?' Readability? Enjoyability? If it's any sort of 'ability', it's the ability to stand the test of time. But for some reason, the oldest book in the world The Gutenberg Bible, isn't really considered a 'classic.'...

To All The Naysayers, We Say Nay!

Published on 11th March 2015 in Uncategorized.
Buying books by the yard is a topic that sparks debate right round the literary world.  Some see it as a celebration of words, creating vast libraries that stand with a monolithic presence in any room. Others abhor it; claiming it to be disrespectful to both authors and works alike.   Today's post will look at both sides of the argument, and attempt to debunk some of the myth behind the 'under-appreciation accusation' that so often gets tossed at those who purchase books by yard, foot or metre. We will go the distance to prove this notion wrong (apologies, couldn't resist!).   Interior decorators and set designers have been buying books by the yard for...

What the Dickens! The stories, some of

Published on 5th March 2015 in Uncategorized.
Looking into the works of Charles Dickens, one may wish to start chronologically; therefore we will take a look at his first publication, The Pickwick Papers. This first novel by Dickens was lesser known as The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, and was a result of Dickens taking over a monthly publication whose previous author had committed suicide. The Pickwick Papers was made up of a series of instalments, based of a loosely connected series of adventures. The main protagonist was Samuel Pickwick, Esquire, a kind and wealthy old gentleman who formed the Pickwick club, whose members travelled around the British countryside and experiencing various adventures; their...

Great Dickens, the scandal!

Published on 5th February 2015 in Uncategorized.
Here at Décor Books, some of our oldest and most beautiful wares date back to circa 1850. One of the most popular authors around this time was none other than Mr Charles Dickens, an English writer and social critic. Within his lifetime, his works were celebrated with unprecedented popularity, and by the twentieth century both scholars and critics hailed him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories continue to be popular today, and he has created some of the world’s most well known fictional characters; Dickens’ works continue to inspire various adaptions in every artistic genre. His life began in southern England, born in Portsmouth to a struggling family – he was forced to leave school...

New Year, Old Books

Published on 14th January 2015 in Uncategorized.
Happy New Year! 2015 is upon us, and here at Décor Books we are always thinking up new excuses to celebrate (and investigate!) literary history. So join us in rewinding a whole century and selecting some top pick publications from 100 years ago! What did 1915 have on offer, for the avid reader, the prose heeder, or paperback feeder? Let’s take a look!   T.S Eliot – “The Love Song of Alfred Prufrock” This poem from T.S Eliot is often seen as one of the seminal works of the inception of modernist poetry; a popular poetry magazine of this era identified that his work embodied a new and unique phenomenon among contemporary writers, opinion that is still regarded today. On the surface, "The...
How To Display Your Books

How To Display Your Books

Published on 31st December 2014 in Uncategorized.
Decorating with books has been arguably the most common method of personalising a home throughout the history of interior design. At the heart of it all is a great wealth of knowledge, and with Décor Books you can also exhibit a slice of history, when filling up you empty cabinets, bookcases and shelves. Each feature is original, with your collection customised to...
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