I was in St James and Piccadilly the other evening looking at shoes and books and fountain pens. They appeal to me because they are among the finest artisan manufactures and they are more or less affordable everyday things.
It pleases me to wear a well made pair of leather shoes, to choose my fountain pen and nib and ink for the day (usually several fountain pens a day with a variety of nibs and coloured inks), and to turn over the pages of a handsomely produced and well written book. I have been a publisher and a writer and an accidental collector and I have enjoyed learning about paper and printing and binding.
|Hatchards on Piccadilly|
|The Quest for Mary Magdalene on the front table at Hatchards, Piccadilly.|