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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Summer Sale

Summer Sale - up to 40% off

We have a wide selection of books on sale on all subjects, during the month of August only, at up to 40% off the marked prices. Come and browse in the shop, or download the list here.

And some beautiful flower prints by Tanigami Konan (1879 - 1928) also reduced by 40% during August.
View the list here.

Friday, 3 June 2016

NEW STOCK! Studio Ghibli Storyboards, Spirited Away

Something For The Weekend...Studio Ghibli Forever Season

Only Yesterday, 25 Years Later...

The reissue of the 1991 animated film by Studio Ghibli, Only Yesterday, will be screened at the Barbican centre this weekend. The screening is part of an international festival to celebrate the films from the much celebrated Japanese animation and production studio, typically led by the critically acclaimed Oscar-winner Hayao Miyazaki. 

For twenty-five years international fans were led to believe that the film that would only ever be subtitled. The Walt Disney Company had originally bought the US release rights, but did not release the film because a reference to menstruation. The targeted audience of this film is not young children but adults and teenagers, and Studio Ghibli distribution contract prohibited Disney from altering scenes...hence the highest grossing domestic Japanese film in 1991 totalling ¥1.87 billion has only now been released with Daisy Ridley of Star Wars voicing Taeko the heroine.

The story revolves around the life of Taeko Okajima, a 27 year old office worker, who in 1982 has lived her entire life in Tokyo. One decisive evening she decides to take a holiday to rural Japan. It is on this ten day journey that she begins to have a series of flashbacks, she reminisces about her childhood as an 11 year old in 1966 visiting an ageing Grandmother at a hot springs resort. The story is powerfully evocative of life for a young woman in 1960's Japan, and also provides a platform for a woman's narrative voice as cultural commentary or reflection during this exciting era.

The Barbican screening of Only Yesterday is Sunday 5th June 2016, so be excited about this charming available here!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Mayfair Flower Show - An exhibition of antique Japanese botanical studies, 2016

The Mayfair Flower Show starts today at Sotheran's with a private view this evening, 

Thursday 26th May 2016 at 6-8pm

 RSVP to Róisín O'Connor

with a talk and Q&A with Dr Brent Elliot from the Royal Horticultural Society.

To coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show, the exhibition titled, The Mayfair Flower Show, seeks to highlight the long heritage of fair-going in the West-end. The original fair took place within a stones throw of Sotheran's on St James's, later Haymarket, and was an annual fortnight long May Fair.
In this exhibition we are able to showcase are vast collection of Japanese Botanical woodblock prints, bringing our very own flower show to the heart of Mayfair once again.

For more information or request a catalogue 
contact the Prints Department at 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

The Bard of Avon, 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare

The world has been celebrating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Never has there been a more apt time to revisit the works that are the cornerstone in English Literature. If you have not seen our celebratory catalogue view the digital version here.

For more information regarding this catalogue please contact the Book Department at

Also...Do not miss the latest instalment of the BBC's The Hollow Crown acted by the best of contemporary British talent.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Revisiting Classic Stories, Disney's The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling 2016

Classic stories are an eternal source of inspiration for the makers at Disney, and innovations in digital animation are a tour de force in this version. Yet, the frightening Disney interpretation of character of Shere Khan, has a strong resemblance to that of the classic illustration by Maurice and Edward Detmold. It should be noted, that this visual similarity demonstrates the wonderful artistic heritage of the story, to which contemporary artists are indebted.

View our beautiful collection of Rudyard Kipling books here, a collection that includes this