Arcane Publishing had a brilliant time at the Vintage Somerset fair in Wells yesterday!
We had a single stall all of our own this time and we are delighted to report that it was, indeed, a success!
We sold most of our bigger books, including some of our very recently acquired items such as The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics (bought by a well-known musician, how cool is that?) and The Album cover Album (more details about both books HERE).
Here are a few pictures of the Arcane stall on the day...
Quite a few of those lovely second-hand books are now gone!
Thank you to all our customers who braved the wet weather to pay us a visit, and we hope you enjoy the wonderful books you have bought on our stall!
And now, the hunt for yet more exciting stock can start...
We hope to back in Wells in 2019!
The next event for Matt ArtPix and Arcane will be a little bit special: the Tank Museum Vintage Christmas on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December.
We already have a thrilling stock ready for the visitors on both days, including some lovely and rare stocking fillers!
We will of course post more details about the event and the stock we will take there nearer the time...
And of course, we are already making a list of events to attend in 2019, which might also see Arcane open a "proper" online shop for its vintage/rare/second-hand books in addition to the books we publish ourselves!
This Saturday 10th November, Matt ArtPix and Arcane Publishing will be back at the rather fab Vintage Somerset fair at Wells' Town Hall!
This time, instead of sharing a stall as we usually do, Arcane and ArtPix will have their own stall; therefore, you will get a full double stall of colourful vintage goodies from Matt ArtPix and a whole table packed full of books from Arcane Publishing!
So, what will you find on the Arcane stall? Of course, the usual array of beautiful vintage/second-hand books, especially picked for this classy and cool event... We will take some of our brand new acquisitions with us! Please note that some extra items will grace our stall on the day!
*Action! Monsters! Detectives!*
*Music! Entertainment! Celebrity characters!*
We have a stock of 30 Movie magazines for any film buff/student out there!
A few bits of ephemera...
And of course, our very own Miss Gish's two novels, I Am a Muse and The Book of Thoth, published by Arcane Publishing, will make an appearance...
Two novels for a very special price!
I just love those illustrated detective novel covers. If it were me, I would buy them all the time - but I have to be reasonable as my house is already full of books...
Raymond Chandler's 1953 The Long Goodbye features once again the iconic detective Philip Marlowe.
This lovely undated edition is a bit battered round the ages, but might attract the attention of any hard-boiled detective fiction collector!
In stock is this rare 1942 copy of "Gallant and Gay: stories for girls" (Oxford University Press), and illustrated book of short stories, including one written by Dorita Fairlie Bruce, a famous children's author.
Found at a book stall on which it really stood out with its sober, Old-world Scandinavian feel, this book is actually quite a rare and very interesting item - unfortunately not a first edition! This edition is the twelth edition, published in 1955. Nevertheless, I am rather chuffed to have acquired it.
Sigrid Unsvet was a famous Norwegian author who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1928.
Kristin Lavransdatter (published 1920-1922 as a trilogy) is her most famous work and was made into a movie in 1995, directed by the renown Norwegian actress and director Liv Ullman.
We will be back soon!
In the meantime, do check out our next events HERE.
Last weekend was a very busy one for Matt ArtPix and Arcane Publishing...
We had two extremely early starts on both days!
On the Saturday, we were at The Exeter Matford Centre Antiques and Collectors fair.
On Sunday, we were back at The Bridport Vintage Market. Happy to say we sold the lovely "Le Grand Oracle Celtique" Tarot card game from Brittany (read the blog about it HERE).
In addition to the lovely Vivienne Westwood V&A retrospective book which appears in the pictures above, we have just acquired yet more stock for our forthcoming markets and fairs (we do think they would make ideal gifts for a *cough* certain event later this year...
Let's have a look-see:
This is a wonderful book for any fans of the ever popular Audrey Hepburn. This volume is packed full of gorgeous pictures (colour and as well as black and white), full page movie posters, adverts, promotion pictures, the lot!
One of the best books about this iconic actress...
Do you love your grunge? The 90s have been big over the past few years, and they are now officially "vintage" (!).
The biggest band of the grunge movement was Nirvana, and in this modest but comprehensive 1996 volume, you will find everything you need to know about the band's influences, their short-lived but influential career and their legacy.
Do you like record sleeve design? Staying with mainstream music, we're going further back in time with this bonkers (and often hilarious) "Book of record jackets": Album Cover Album - this is its 6th edition, 1985.
There are quite a few pages I cannot show you on here just in case it offends someone (and Facebook would probably ban them!) so here are a few safe ones...
And finally... The British band you just cannot avoid, The Beatles! More precisely: The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics!
If you are a fan of "The Fab Four" as they are still known as, you are in for a treat: this 1998 copy of a book published in 1969 (how I'd love to get my hands on this first edition!) in mint condition! It has the lyrics of all the songs you love and is very richly illustrated in the best psychedelic style(s).
Once again, quite a few pages I cannot show on here...
This Saturday, Matt ArtPix and Arcane Publishing will be back in Exeter, this time for the Exeter Matford Antiques and Collectors fair.
This is a "proper" antiques fair, and therefore, Arcane will have a special stock full of items (books and ephemera) which don't grace our stand very often. This includes some rare items including a copy of Colette's "L'Envers du Music-Hall", a book we talked about in a previous blog HERE.
On this blog, we have also written about Spectacular! The Story of Epic Films and 1960s Roma: Summer Olympics Brochure - those two items will make their very forst appearance on our stall on Saturday!
Matford Park Road, Marsh Barton Trading Estate
EX2 8FD Exeter, Devon
Public entry: 10am-4pm
And as if getting up at 4am on the Saturday were not enough, we will be doing it all over again on the Sunday (albeit nearer to our HQ and with a completely different stock) in Bridport for The Bridport Vintage Market! For this one, Arcane will mainly bring discounted books as we are trying to get rid of old stock!
This Saturday 22 September, Arcane Publishing and Matt ArtPix are going back to their roots with a proper indoors Vintage Fair! The Arcane/ArtPix team is determined to try out as many fairs and markets in the South West as possible over the next few months!
We will be trading at the Vintage Somerset fair in beautiful Wells, Somerset!
Matt ArtPix will have his usual mix of vintage items and his very own vintage-inspired art, and Arcane publishing will occupy a little corner of the stall with a very special stock all about classic glamour and fashion!
Check out the books and ephemera we're taking to the fair below!
Saturday 22 September
Wells Town hall
Market Place, Wells, BA5 2RB
9.30am to 4pm
Not exactly new in stock, though, as this lovely little volume has been part of my personal collection for many years...
But there always comes a point when you need to part with some of your personal treasures... often to replace them with new ones!
This wonderful little book is from the edition "Le Livre Moderne Illustré" and is beautifully illustrated by Henri Mirande.
It was written by the famous and very much loved French writer Colette in 1912, when she was still working on stage and writing for the newspaper "Le Matin" (whose editor, Henri de Jouvenel, became her husband).
Colette is about to become better known in the English-speaking world as a new movie with Keira Knightley is being released soon (UK: January 2019).
Colette's story is a wet dream for contemporary writers who seem to be obsessed with making period drama "relevant for modern audiences" (i.e "let's crowbar-in trendy issues even though it means twisting historical accuracy/social realities of the time" - see trailer below! - even though this time, they didn't need to make too much up!)
I personally would recommend Colette's hilarious and truly wonderful "Dialogue de Bêtes" (1904) whose main protagonists are a cat (Kiki-the-demure) and a dog (Toby-Dog).
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