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20/01/22 - Fireside Bookshop - Blog Post #2

We had a fantastic Christmas in the shop meeting new people and helping them find the perfect bookish present for their loved ones! We also had a stall at our first Stroud Goodwill Evening which is an event worthy of a blog post in itself. I wish I'd taken more pictures!

We continue to be really pleased by the quality and quantity of great books coming through the doors in Stroud. Any independent secondhand bookshop stands or falls on the quality of the stock it can get and unlike new bookshops who can select from catalogues etc. there is always an element of chance and having to use your wits to hunt out the right books. This is of course one of the things that makes it exciting. As the newest member of the team I'm very much learning the art of finding and buying collections and being in the shop every day is a fantastic way to learn on the job.

One really interesting book that came in recently was C. G. Jung's Red Book: Liber Novus. At 40 cms tall this is a weighty tome as would befit a man who is recognised as one of the founding figures in modern psychology, psychotherapy and psychiatry.

Despite being widely known about and the ideas within being hugely influential, this book wasn't published until 2009. In 1913 he began recording his visions, fantasies and imaginations on a regular basis in journals known as the black books. Between 1915 and 1930 he continued to add to these and expand upon his interpretations, collating them painstakingly by hand until they coalesced into what would become the Red Book. The book also recounts and reflects upon his experiments. The beautifully handwritten and illustrated text with accompanying translation, introductions and over 1500 editorial notes is a thing of great physical beauty as well as perhaps being the definitive record of the works of one of the most original and influential figures of the modern age.

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Thanks for your custom and support in 2021, we look forward to exploring more of Stroud and sharing more great books with you in 2022.


18/12/21 - Fireside Bookshop - Blog Post #1

We opened our independent family run bookshop in Stroud, Gloucestershire just over six months ago, having moved from West Sussex. It's been a very busy year but we've had a fantastic time meeting people and getting to know the area. In 2022 we're looking forward to more exploring and hopefully putting on some events.

We've also been lucky enough to get some fantastic stock coming through the doors. We hope to use this blog to look at some of it in more detail and to highlight different events and goings on. To the left are some pictures of a beautiful book we have called Tibetan Medical Paintings. It's based on a set of scrolls documenting traditional Tibetan medical systems. We explore it in more detail in the first installment of our mailing list which you can sign up for at the bottom of our homepage. For now we hope you enjoy visiting our site and please check back soon for blog updates!