In descriptions of John Buchan’s books there is often reference to ‘Blanchard’. In this article, Peter explains the significance of the ‘Blanchard’ and the details of John Buchan’s writing. Please click on the links below to read Peter’s articles.

ADDENDA – Recent John Buchan books

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  • In the recent list was a copy of a large paper edition of Poems Scots and English. Having exchanged emails with Ursula Buchan I can add the following: “Very intrigued by the pencil comments in Poems Scots and English. If you read the Nelson correspondence between JB and for e.g. George Brown (another partner) in the University of Edinburgh Special Collections, you will see a number of references pre-First World War to going to the paper mill at Penicuik, and also attempts to find alternatives to wood pulp for paper, in particular bamboo. As I recall Tommy Nelson went abroad on more than one occasion looking for sources of bamboo. Whoever wrote that note in the flyleaf was intimately connected with Nelson’s.” All interesting stuff – it’s amazing what crops up through JB books.
  • 9474 Land Nationalization and Land Taxation by Harold Cox    

          Cox was a Liberal MP who held quite radical views on the ownership and taxation of land. These were set forth in his 1892 book entitled above which was printed in a revised second edition in 1906.This is a copy of that edition. The fly-leaf has JB’s signature in pencil but no inscription. Bearing in mind JB’s interest in taxation and his involvement in land affairs I wonder if this may have been his own copy, subsequently. Bound in red cloth, the book is in generally very good condition but for a lightly faded spine. There are a few pencil annotations.                                   GBP 25

 Addenda to Issue no.1 

After the penultimate paragraph of the introductory section add the following: 

“The guide will indicate those titles that appeared in the Hodder Yellow Jacket series, the Nelson Uniform edition, the Nelson 1/6 novels edition, the Nelson 1/6 novels edition and the Nelson 2/- novels edition.” 

A2 Sir Quixote of the Moors 

Amend the last sentence of the first paragraph to read “It was never published in any of the Hodder or Nelson series of JB’s work.” 

After the first paragraph, amend the following sentence to read “As the first novel of one of the great writers of the 20th century this is virtually a ‘must’ for any JB collection.” I’m not sure how either the line break or the unwanted apostrophe appeared in the pdf format. 

A4 Scholar Gipsies 

Amend the second sentence of the second paragraph to read “A second edition sometimes had…” 

Insert a new final paragraph as follows: “It was never published in any of the Hodder or Nelson series of JB’s work” 

A5 Sir Walter Ralegh 

Insert a new final paragraph as follows: “It was never published in any of the Hodder or Nelson series of JB’s work”