8vo, (230 x 150 mm), pp. 262, with illustrations to the text; orange cloth, illustrated navy dust-jacket.
Reminiscences of an author, bookseller, and publisher, written at the age of eighty-eight. Colin Franklin’s newest book wanders freely through themes which have absorbed him—a lost world of publishing, adventures in bookselling, and the irreplaceable scholarly eccentrics who dominated that world a generation ago. Available in USA from Oak Knoll Press; available in Australia from Books of Kells.
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