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Re: Bookstores in London
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1275  Thursday, 15 July 1999.

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Jul 1999 09:07:55 -0700
        Subj:   SHK 10.1263 Re: Bookstores in London

[2]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Jul 1999 07:11:00 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 10.1263 Re: Bookstores in London


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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Jul 1999 09:07:55 -0700
Subject: Re: Bookstores in London
Comment:        SHK 10.1263 Re: Bookstores in London

A. D. Murphy wrote:

> there's a side street with a handful of more specialist antiquarian outlets.

Since there is more than one side street, alley really, let me mention
that this is Cecil Court.  It you are looking for used theater books do
drop by David Drummond's shop.  They are on the right wall.  He may
still have some volumes from Michael Redgrave's estate.  Get David
reminiscing about great and terrible performances of Shakespeare he has
seen.  He is not a man to spare an opinion, but he is always
entertaining.

I am surprised that Waterstone's near the University of London has not
yet been mentioned.  This is not the Waterstone's on Charring Cross
Road.  It is on Gower Street near the Euston Square tube stop.  If you
are near the BM (don't you just love it that such a major institution
has those initials?), walk down Bloomsbury Street going west.  It
becomes Gower Street.  Not only is it nearly as large as Foyle's, it has
the advantage of filing books by author, not publisher.  Foyle's vexes
me in this.  A note for old Waterstone's fans, the used book department,
where I usually spend the most, has been moved down to the second
floor.  This is an advantage, though the selection of Shakespeare and
Renaissance theater was disappointing.  I only bought four books last
May.

There is a book titled Bookshops of London.  Find it.  It is exhaustive,
but call first.  Bookshops go out of business all the time.

Enjoy your trip!
Mike Jensen

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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Thursday, 15 Jul 1999 07:11:00 -0400
Subject: Re: Bookstores in London
Comment:        SHK 10.1263 Re: Bookstores in London

Yes, do visit Foyle's Bookshop. It's a national institution enshrining
the ancient art, central to the history of a trading nation, of
frustrating the exchange of mere money for goods.  Here it has been
brought to a peak of perfection, involving a number of stages.
Initially, it ought to prove impossible to find the book you want.
Should you negotiate that circumstance, perhaps settling for a
substitute, the staff will fall back upon a complex system designed to
inhibit you from buying it. This requires you to traverse the shop a
number of times in order to obtain authorisation for the purchase,
whilst leaving the book elsewhere. The opportunities for loss,
misplacement, denial and covert re-shelving are accordingly multiplied.
Should you raise your voice, the staff have instructions to indicate
that they don't understand English. In most instances this turns out to
be the case. As for Vermilion Books, my information is that they have
closed: a rather bald statement of similar  principles, you might say.
A better bet would be Judd Books in Marchmont Street, opposite the Lord
John Russell pub. You'll find me in the corner by the bar. Just a half,
thanks.

Terence Hawkes
 

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