London Occasionals No. 6
The most anonymous bookshop in London. But a good one. The question is: where is it?
I popped in there this evening. I love pamphlets, and came away with three nice items. A fine Hogarth Press title by Virginia Woolf from 1939, 'Reviewing'. Graham Greene's 'J'accuse: the dark side of Nice' from 1982.
And an Isaac Foot pamphlet from 1938 published by the Christian communitarian Brotherhood Movement.
Add to that a signed copy of H. Montgomery Hyde's A History of Pornography - see below. And a nice copy of a Martin Lawrence title from the mid-1930s, Proletarian Literature in the United States: an anthology. All reasonably priced. The lot for under £40.
The pornography book, by the way, is conspicuously light on images. The frontispiece is distinctly unerotic: Holywell Street in the mid-1890s, from the sketch by Aubrey Beardsley. 'The street continued to tbe the centre of the London trade in pornography.'
Holywell Street, long gone, 'ran parallel with The Strand between the churches of St Mary le Strand and St Clement's'. That where Bush House now stands. Where I work! There's a thought.
But coming back to the question - where is this bookshop?
Just enjoying a certain bottle of Guinness when I happened upon today's quiz.
Again, Ruth gets it in one - the Lower Marsh bookshop which I've blogged about as selling part of Michael Foot's library.
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