Once again, the PBFA Sherborne Book Fair, which returns on Saturday 13th October, will be offering up some real quality gems; books that are both beautiful and intriguing. Over 20 exhibitors will be offering books, some such as the following three that display exquisitely decorated bindings.
Graham York of Honiton will be offering a two volume set of Nansen’s Farthest North by Fritdtjof Nansen who led the team that first crossed Greenland interior in 1888. Nansen famously quoted ‘the difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer’. His works are always popular and this 2nd edition UK 1898 set priced at £ 150 is in great condition.
Another book with a lovely binding with lacquered paper with floral display is a volume of Byron’s poetical works published circa 1860 by Gall and Inglis, is being offered for sale by Peter Foster of Frome Bookshop, for £50.
An exceptional edition of Moby Dick by Herman Melville is being sold by Karen Jakobsen of Bond Books. Although this famous novel about Captain Ahab’s mission of revenge against a whale that bit one of his legs off at the knee, was originally written in 1851, Karen has a much sought after and beautiful edition from 1930 with an art deco pictorial design in silver and black with woodcuts by Rockwell Kent which she is selling for £120.
There will, of course, be plenty of other books for those who are interested in art, military, illustrated, literature, children’s, architecture, travel, natural history, gardening and local history to prints, maps and curious leaflets.
The Fair will be held at the Church Hall, Digby Road, DT9 3NL, from 10am to 4 pm, admission is £1 (children free). Delicious home-made refreshments will be available from Sweet Pea Café of Sturminster Newton.