Sherborne PBFA Book Fair

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Packing up after a rather wet PBFA book fair today, thank you everyone for coming out in such dreadful conditions.  Also, many thanks to my sister Anne, Janet, John and Sue, who all kindly helped cover my stand today while I looked after the shop – I couldn’t have done it without you!  Sold our Book of the Week, the Ellen Terry Souvenir Programme, I was sorry to see it go.  Next fair that Chapter House Books will be attending is on 13th November in Dorchester, see you there.

Book of the Week: Souvenir Programme for Ellen Terry, Jubilee Commemoration 1856-1906 at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Ellen Terry was an English stage actress who became the leading Shakespearean actress in Britain.  Her career spanned nearly 7 decades and she was painted in costume by many famous artists, some of these portraits are included in this Souvenir Programme.  One of the most famous, which was recently exhibited in the John Singer Sargent Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery, was his depiction of her as Lady Macbeth in 1889.  The full colour portrait is stunning but the black and white scene included in the Programme is also wonderful.  She continued to find acting success until 1920, while also appearing in films until 1922, dying in 1928 at the age of 81.

Book of the Week: The Water-Colours of J M W Turner

This collection of The Water-Colours of J M W Turner was published by The Studio in 1909.  It contains a wonderful selection of 30 tipped in plates in colour.  A few are shown above: The Archbishop’s Palace in Lambeth, Stonehenge, Scarborough, Lulworth Cove, Barnard Castle and Cowes.  Such a talented painter and the binding of the book does the subject justice.

Laurence Belbin’s Finished Painting

When Laurence finished the painting he first displayed it at Sherborne Art Club’s Annual Open Art Exhibition 2016, which took place in JulyWe now have the pleasure of it hanging in our Coffee Shop for the enjoyment of our customers.  There are A3 prints and greetings cards available to buy, all signed personally by Laurence.  If someone out there would like to count the number of books detailed please let me know and I can pass that on to anyone who asks!

Book of the Week: Hyde Park and The House of The Grosvenors, A History Thereof

In 1930 Sir Max Pemberton wrote a fascinating history of Hyde Park and the story of Old Grosvenor House with a description of the New Grosvenor House.  Beautifully illustrated by artists of the day, there are also some interesting adverts included, for example Daimler Hire and Morris & Co, purveyors of meat to Grosvenor House.

Book of the Week

We started a new feature, Book of the Week, which had a short holiday in August, but now it is back!  The previous books highlighted were Last Days of Mast and Sail, Migrations and The Three Voyages of Captain Cook. A selection of photos are attached