Please Buy This Book

Please Buy This Book : Gift Books for Good Causes 1898 - 1945

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Please Buy This Book is the first comprehensive guide to Charity Gift Books - books in which the contributors gave their work for free and from which all profits went to charity. It's a wide field, from exquisite productions made in tiny numbers through to expensive trade editions and mass-market picture books. Back in the 19th and 20th centuries, a charity could raise money through selling a book - almost always a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book in which the beautiful pictures were accompanied by written contributions from the famous. In many homes, these lovely books were the most beautiful in the house. Normally, a compilation that included full-page pictures from famous artists, short stories by famous writers, specially commissioned poems and pages of sheet music, 'private' photographs (of the famous again), autographs and scraps of facsimile handwriting would be beyond an ordinary person's means. But not these. The books sold in large numbers (usually) and can still be found in second-hand bookshops - at affordable prices. They make a great collection for anyone with a passion for books more

Product details

  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 127 x 203.2 x 10.41mm | 240.4g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514132273
  • 9781514132272

About James Havers

James Havers has a collection of well over three thousand ink-on-paper books, among which are all the books mentioned in Please Buy This Book. They are housed in a room lined with custom-built bookshelves and, out of sheer cussedness we suspect, he refuses to take an e-reader into his library but keeps that room sacred to books that can be held, fondled and, with some of the older volumes, smelt! (Most have been bought second-hand.)show more