Tavistock Books specializes in first editions, fine rare books & other related bibliographic material, with a special focus on Charles Dickens. New books arrive daily, please check with us should you not find the title you seek. Book searches are available for first editions in the subject areas you see represented here. 

Customer satisfaction is guaranteed. The firm emphasizes fine condition throughout its stock. Collection development assistance, as well as book appraisals, are available services. The firm is always interested in purchasing books such as what will be found on this web site; whether it be individual volumes or an entire library. If Tavistock Books may be of assistance in any of these three areas, please contact the firm's owner, Vic Zoschak, or his assistant, Margueritte Peterson, for additional information, and/or to discuss your requirements. You may also join our mailing list.

Tavistock Books does not maintain set hours, however, if in town, we can generally found in residence, Tuesday through Saturday, with core hours of 10 am till 4 pm, though it is always best to call first, 510-814-0480, as we may be off buying books, or otherwise engaged elsewhere.  Visits outside these core hours may be arranged by appointment.  

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Manuscript.  "A work written by hand" informs Glaister, synonymous with 'holograph'.  Or, as is often abbreviated, Ms.  

A 2-letter abbreviation that can cause the collector's heart to flutter; the curator's eye to gleam; the author to sigh in satisfaction on finishing.  

Why this reaction?  Perhaps it is the unique aspect inherent in the term?  A printed book, by its very nature & concept, can be expected to be encountered in multiple copies, not so the manuscript that gave rise to the book.  It is expected, more often than not, to be found in no more than one copy, with additional the variant, not the norm.  

With this in mind then, Tavistock Books presents our list for March.  In Manuscript.  30 items all created 'by hand'.  Letters, book manuscripts, ledgers, journals, diaries, sketch books & even a few pencil sketchs [to round out the numbers].

Temporally, the items range from the 17th C. to the 20th.  As is our custom & wont, subjects represented are diverse, from Rent Books, to Crossing the Atlantic, to Baseball.  Prices range from $125 to $20,000.  

Just click on the "Select Acquisitions" link on the left to take a browse.

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