The Mystery of Walt Ruding


A mystery solved!

The Bookhunter on Safari

As a species, the dry and dusty bibliography is not generally classed as being among the more exciting of literary genres.  They improve on acquaintance and – truth to tell – a good bibliography will often give a more accurate and more reliable picture of an author and his work than most biographies – I suppose Richard Little Purdy’s eminently readable bibliography of Thomas Hardy, which I have just been using, is a case in point.

An Evil MotherhoodAt the very least, they do – and surprisingly often – come up with something rather startling and inexplicable.  I mentioned last week “an absolutely delightful Fin de Siècle novel with an Aubrey Beardsley frontispiece”, bought from Charles Cox in Edinburgh, and hinted at a mystery about to be solved.  The book in question has the rather chilling title, “An Evil Motherhood : An Impressionist Novel”, and was published by that great figure in…

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This is the journal of Jonathan Kearns Rare Books & Curiosities, and all who sail in her. Information, updates, rantings, musings and pretty pictures related (loosely I would imagine) to the world of rare and antiquarian books will be brought to you by a number of different personalities, some of whom cohabit in the same person's head. We welcome queries, comments and contributions of virtually any description, and in return we will attempt to rein in our multitudinous personality disorders and deliver wonders and joys beyond compare. At least that's the plan. View all posts by bibliodeviant

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