Saturday, 9 March 2019

The Yellow Earl: In His Own Words. A Lost Interview Rediscovered!



THE YELLOW EARL: IN HIS OWN WORDS
The Lost Interview

— A new limited edition pamphlet, 100 hand-numbered copies only. IT WILL NOT BE REPRINTED.
— Available exclusively from Withnail Books in Penrith.
— Published on Saturday April 13th— the 75th anniversary of The Yellow Earl’s death in 1944.


Rediscovered after more than a century, this fascinating interview, originally published in a sporting magazine in 1905, allows you to hear Hugh Cecil Lowther, better known as ‘Lordy’, The Yellow Earl, in his own words… 

Here are a couple of sample quotes:

“I don’t like the killing of anything… There’s many a fine stag at Lowther which has been covered by my rifle, but which is still sniffing the dawn in the woods!”

“It is a horrible thing to see the way in which even countrymen, when they go to the towns, are taking to too much whisky and gin. The healthy old beverages of beer and cider are passing out of fashion…”

Adam Newell, the owner of Penrith second hand bookshop Withnail Books, rediscovered the interview in an Edwardian sporting magazine. Newell has previously published limited editions of lost pieces by Lawrence of Arabia and Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, but this time he wanted to do something with Cumbrian appeal.

Says Newell, “The Yellow Earl was a larger than life character, and his personality really comes through in the interview. ‘Lordy’ is still very much a legend in Cumbria, and I’d like to think that this little publication will help to keep that legend alive!”

The Yellow Earl: In His Own Words also features some rare photos, including a newly discovered, previously unpublished ‘Carte de Visite’ portrait of Hugh Cecil Lowther as a young man.


THE YELLOW EARL: IN HIS OWN WORDS

16pp, plus cover printed on Rives Shetland paper.

Hand-numbered, limited to 100 copies, priced £8 each. It will not be reprinted.

Number 1 comes with the original 'carte de visite' portrait photograph of Hugh Lowther as a young man, and is priced at £75. UPDATE: THIS HAS NOW SOLD.

Only available from:
Withnail Books,
The Brunswick Yard,
Penrith,
CA11 7JU

Email to reserve your copy for collection (we are not offering mail order at this time): withnailbooks@btinternet.com






Saturday, 26 January 2019

Save the Date! The 2019 Screenings of Withnail at Uncle Monty's

Crow Crag. The window on the bottom left is the window 'that faces look in at'.

The ever-wonderful people at Picnic Cinema have announced the dates for the 2019 screenings of Withnail & I at Crow Crag, aka Uncle Monty's, aka (in real life) Sleddale Hall at Wet Sleddale in Cumbria's Lake District. For those if you in the know, the dates and the on-sale date for the tickets is below. For those of you not in the know, have a read of this (lengthy!) blog entry from a few years back, which will give you the crack (as they say in these parts).

So, the all important dates are Friday 28th and Saturday 28th of June.
Tickets will go on sale on Thursday 21st February at 10am (and be aware, in previous years they have sold out in 20 minutes...)

For more info, and to sign up to Picnic Cinema's mailing list, go to:
https://www.edenarts.co.uk/projects/picnic-cinema

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Newly discovered! A long-lost tale of terror from the creator of Frankenstein.



THIS EDITION HAS NOW SOLD OUT.
MANY THANKS TO ALL THE PEOPLE FROM (QUITE LITERALLY) ALL OVER THE WORLD WHO ORDERED A COPY.

THE GHOST OF THE PRIVATE THEATRICALS
By Mary Shelley

Newly discovered! A long-lost tale of terror from the creator of Frankenstein

Overlooked for nearly two centuries, and never included in any edition of Mary Shelley's work

A strictly limited, never-to-be-reprinted edition of 100 hand-numbered copies for sale

Each copy comes with an original, hand-printed linocut tipped in as a frontispiece




'The Ghost of the Private Theatricals' is a chilling short story, originally printed in the literary annual The Keepsake, credited simply to 'M.S.' 

Almost entirely forgotten for nearly two centuries, and never included in any collection of Shelley's work, it is now reprinted at last in a limited edition, with an extended Afterword by Adam Newell, giving the background to the first publication of the story, and presenting the persuasive evidence to show that 'M.S.' is, in fact, Mary Shelley. Newell has also uncovered a contemporary review which could give a clue to the story's origins...

Each copy includes an original, hand-printed linocut by Sharon Newell, inspired by the atmospheric location of the story, tipped in as a frontispiece.

A5 format, printed on uncoated 160gsm paper, 36pp plus a cover printed on heavy Rives Shetland paper.

Copies will be sent out on a first come, first served basis. In the UK, the price is £15, including postage. For the Rest of the World, the price is £23, including (unavoidably pricey!) airmail postage.

NOW SOLD OUT.












Each copy includes an original, hand printed linocut.



Acknowledgements

I am very pleased with how this edition has turned out, and I have several people to thank. Firstly, Charles E. Robinson, for inspiring my "literary sleuthing" in the first place. Secondly, Sharon Newell, for labouring over 100 copies of her beautiful linocut illustration (which suits the story far better than Charles Heath's engraving in The Keepsake!). Last, but certainly not least, Martin Stiff at Amazing 15 for his typically superb design work. - A.N.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

A Hand Painted Binding by Cedric Chivers of Bath




'Breathtaking' and 'exquisite' are words which are easy enough to bandy about (and for the record, the best-ever use of the latter can be heard here) but believe me when I say that this book deserves them both, and plenty more superlatives besides. Inside is a common-or-garden Book of Common Prayer from early in the 20th century, but the binding... oh my, the binding.

Full leather with art deco gold tooling, with a panel to the front board containing a hand-painted design, inlaid with mother of pearl. It is unique, and yes, breathtaking and exquisite.

It is 'signed' by Cedric Chivers of Bath, though the actual painting, as this in-depth blog post at Booktryst will tell you, is likely to be by one of that company's female painters, which included Jessie M. King among their small number, although this one is perhaps more likely to have been by Dorothy Carleton Smyth. The 'vellucent' technique employed in this binding was invented by Chivers, and other examples have not surprisingly become rather valuable collectors' pieces over the years.

This particular book belongs to a customer of the Little Shop, and while they are not entirely sure they actually want to sell it, if anyone has a serious offer, I will happily pass it along...













Saturday, 28 July 2018

Is this the only remaining copy of this book in the whole world?



This beautiful little childrens' book recently arrived on my desk. It wasn't a title or author that I was familiar with, so to google I went, to track down some information. The result was something that happens only very, very rarely in this game: not only could I not find another copy of this book for sale, I could find no record of its existence, period. Even exceptionally scarce titles usually turn up in a library catalogue somewhere; Man the Lifeboat! by F. Hamilton-Knight did not.

There's an incomplete copy of The Beacon Light, a similar looking title by Hamilton-Knight (and a W.H.S. Thompson, who is an artist) on Amazon here and some *very* expensive copies (£300!) of another Hamilton-Knight storybook, The Turning of the Tide, here and here.

... but no other copies of Man the Lifeboat!

It's a rather wonderful thing, so here, for the first time on t'internet, is the whole book in all its small but perfectly formed glory. It's not dated, but I reckon it's late Victorian or Edwardian. The quality of the printing is very good indeed. Given his work with Knight on The Beacon Light, perhaps the uncredited artist here is also W.H.S. Thompson.

It is for sale, but as it's so hard to know what price level to aim for, I'll just say I'm open to offers!


















Saturday, 21 July 2018

Withnail Books is five!

Withnail Books is five years old today! Happy Birthday to the Little Shop, and as ever, chin chin to all my customers, old and new.

Here's this year's Withnail Books Bonkers But 100% True Customer Quote:
"Are these books for sale?"

Withnail Books, today, aged 5.
A book which came across my desk today. Look it up: it's actually pretty valuable, due to its connection with the early history of The Oxford Group, and Alcoholics Anonymous.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Fix up the Jag... A unique Withnail Collectible!

To celebrate the screenings of a certain film up at Crow Crag this weekend and next, here's a little Withnail treat. A little while back I came across a very special, one-off customised Withnail model Jaguar being offered for sale online, and I had to have it. No burglary was involved, and within days it arrived at the Little Shop. Its creator, the very talented model maker Joe Nagle has this to say about it:

"It was originally the colour that is underneath the bonnet [red], I went for a matt finish to replicate the Jag in the film, the wheels were wire spoked on the model but I had to hide this, also weathering and rust was matched to the original by using screen grabs. The finishing touches of course were the removal of the driver's side windscreen wiper and the correct number plate, but perhaps the most iconic thing about the car is the removal of the left headlight which just completes that Withnail look."

Thanks Joe! It's brilliant work, and is now safely in a case and on display at Withnail Books. It is NOT FOR SALE.