A glimpse into the world of bookselling in Edwardian England. The following’ special bargains’—advertised for sale in ‘ new condition’– are listed in The Bookman of August 1908 by Edward Baker’s Great Bookshop, Birmingham. The discounted prices of 1908 are compared to what the same books ( inevitably in slightly worse condition) are listed at in Abebooks today.
Beccari’s Wanderings in the Great Forests of Borneo (1901) 8s 6d (42p) £600
Book of the Cat by Frances Simpson (1903) 9s 0d (45p) £325
Dominion of the Air by Rev J.M.Bacon (1904) 2s. (10p) £87
Moss Flora by R.Braithwaite (1887) £2 10s (250p) £120
Historical Locomotives by Bennett 1s (5p) £75
How I shot my bears by Mrs Tyacke (1893) 2s 6d.(12p) £650 Continue reading