What makes a book valuable? The author, subject, date, binding, distinctive illustrations, provenance, rarity, edition, printing, usefulness – or any combination of these – are all factors in determining the value of a volume, but above all, the book and its dust jacket must be complete and in good condition. From modern first editions to tales of discovery, the scope for the book collector is enormous. Whatever your interest or depth of pocket, there are sure to be books that fit.
Bookends differ in style and functionality, but their most important role is to keep books in the vertical position as firmly as possible. They are in common use in libraries, bookstores, and many homes.
Harold Curwen and his partner Oliver Simon, ensured that the name of Curwen Press stood for quality, whether the job was a letterhead, trade label or Julius Meier Graefe's two volume work on Van Gogh.