Our long-established family shop on three floors in Southport's beautiful town centre, is so easy to find, only two doors from Waterstones, next to the Lakeland shop. We are open from 10.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday - Saturday, but from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, selling not only many thousands of unusual and interesting books but also heaps of LPs CDs & sheet music, along with fossils, crystals, minerals, tropical shells, prehistoric, ancient and mediaeval antiquities, some small antiques and curios, a growing selection of coins, and much much more. Only a tiny fraction of our large stock is online. Please check out our regularly updated web pages and do call in the shop when passing.
A Series of Accurate Maps .. Principal Lakes Cumberland, Westmoreland & Lancashire
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Arthur Ransome association: Janet Gosspelius ownership
Published by Frank Graham, Newcastle on
Tyne,1968. A reissue of Peter Crosthwaite's
pioneering maps of the margins
of the major lakes of the Lake District
(Surveyed and planned between 1783 and 1794),
with a new introduction and notes by
William Rollinson, the well-known historian of
Cumbria. Oblong Quarto (25-30 cm long),
7 maps ( including 6 fold-out)
"Very good plus"to "Fine" copy in "Good plus" to
This was bought-in by us recently from the estate
of the church architect Janet Gnosspelius, of the
elite student group at the Liverpool School of
Architecture, also daughter of the sculptress
and the geologist Oscar Gnosspelius. The
flyleaf bears her ownership signature in pencil.
Apart from their impressive Lake District
cultural pedigree, most members of the
Collingwood and Gnosspelius families played
inspirational parts in Arthur Ransome's writings.
Arthur Ransome had once proposed to Janet's
mother, without success, but he still dedicated
Old Peter's Russian Tales (1916) to her.
Janet modelled for the drawing of Nancy Blackett
of the Swallows and Amazons books.
Andrew's well-published "do" for Record Store Day went down extremely well on Saturday; congratulations & 'likes' are still popping onto
our FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/ParkinsonsBooks/ The shop was heaving all day and then on into Sunday with swarming
turntable fans. Swarms more have visited, browsed and bought well into the week. (Jazz has sold particularly well.) We owe a big "thank you"
also to our local newspaper The Southport Visiter http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/ for all the publicity they gave not only to
us but to other shops in the area celebrating vinyl. All our participating DJs deserve a sizeable dollop of gratitude too.
And --- to change the subject totally --- Sunday was a bumper day for large tropical shell. We now have only one natural Nautilus shell
left and just two pearlised ones. One v. big & beautiful Triton's Trumpet Charonia tritonis and two magnificient specimens of
the Great Yellow Helmet Cassis cornuta still grace the shelves.
Joan's recent acquisition of miniature hindu deities has gone down well.
To add to the week's variety a newly acquired collection of 19th. C. prints of
chicken breeds is queuing up to be sorted & priced.
After many long hours of patient work by Andrew and Liam, the bargain ginnel is now well-lit
and the shop porch is water-proofed and partly re-plastered --- more room for even more quirky stock.
We try during the working week to jot down here some of the changes to the shop and website as they occur.
We hope you are tempted to explore a few more pages.
Please recommend us to your friends.
Joan, Tony & Andrew Parkinson
If you are within 30 miles of the shop, switch that machine off and come and see us.