Looking Back at 2013, and Looking Forward to 2014!


This year has been a terrific one here at Tavistock Books, and we have you to thank for that! We appreciate your being a part of our community, and we look forward to building that community with you in the coming year.¬†To that end, here’s a look back at the ten most popular blog articles of 2013. It came as no surprise that Charles Dickens was a favorite, as were William Shakespeare and articles about collecting rare books:

  1. Why Did Dickens Write Ghost Stories for Christmas?
  2. Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!
  3. The Two Endings of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations
  4. Meet Dr. Erin Blake, Curator of Art and Special Collections at the Folger Library!
  5. Alexander Pope’s Legacy of Satire and Scholarship
  6. Edgar Allan Poe: Creator of Enduring Terror and Literary Masterpieces
  7. A Brief History of True Crime Literature
  8. A Brief History of Broadsides
  9. Charles Dickens Does Boston
  10. The Benefits of Bibliography

Other favorites were recaps of events in the antiquarian world, such as intrepid assistant¬†and Tavistock Books’ scholarship recipient Travis Low’s recap of Rare Book School. We’ll be sure to keep the updates coming, starting with with the two California book fairs: San Francisco (February 1-2) and Pasadena (February 7-9). Watch our website and blog for more information.

What’s Ahead for 2014

Many of you have graciously and thoughtfully offered blog article suggestions and other feedback. Therefore you’ll soon be seeing articles about a wide variety of bookish topics, from early American bindings to the history of nursing, from tips on collecting sheet music to a look back at Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Have an idea for a blog post or a question about rare books? We can’t wait to hear it! You’re invited to share it in the “Comments” section of any blog or to contact us via phone or email. You’ll also find us on Facebook and Twitter.


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