Daily Bookshot: The beauty of early Everyman’s

OK, I admit that I’m a sucker for old books but when they look as gorgeous as this who can blame me?

This is a two-volume set of Thomas Carlyle’s The French Revolution: A History (published by J.M. Dent), which was first published in 1837 (then in a three-volume set). I picked the pair up at the weekend from a nondescript 2nd-hand furniture store, for the paltry sum of 60p/$1 (I know, I’m a lucky guy). Both of the volumes are undated but I’m putting the date of publication for these two at around 1929.

Whatever the age of this pair, I love them; not least because of the wonderful graphic work you see in this bookshot. However, I have a bigger reason for loving these volumes over all other reasons. And the reason, is that these are early examples from the Everyman’s Library series, that most wonderful of literary imprints now owned by Random House. Putting aside the mention of it within the opening pages, I know this because the endpapers are the
wonderfully illustrated William Morris ones, that come with the famous Everyman quote:

Everyman, I will go with thee
and be thy guide,
In thy most need to go
by thy side.

They’re quite beautiful end papers I assure you (you can see them pictured in this Wikipedia entry), and I’ll be sure to feature them as my Daily Bookshot tomorrow.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. stujallen (Twitter: stujallen)

    I ve marcus aurelis with similar design think said was twenties when i brought it. think all there books are always lovely