The progression from being an occasional stall holder to being a full on regular market trader is a long path, and after six months other than know where I started I have no idea where this project will end.

What I do know is that I'm loving it.  I would never have predicted with any seriousness that this is what I would be doing if I had looked down the path of career choices, but here I am smiling and chatting to passers-by. Re-reading that sentence before I type in I realise that is not entire true, and my husband thinks that I have it in my blood.

So what do you do when it's raining and you run a market stall? You get up, load the car and drive down to stand on Chesterfield Market - yes selling books, jigsaws, baskets, records and more.

After all - if you are in for a penny then you are in for a pound.  And either I'm a market  trader all weathers or I'm not I reckon, so yes, here we are all weathers and all conditions running our stall.

Have I begun to find my market feet, at last?  So now I am doing two Market Days a week - first is the Thursday flea market, bric-a-brac and other stuff - broadly anything and then the Saturday open market.  Now in order to try and give myself some structure I have set myself a discipline of doing books on Thursday and a wide range of other stuff that I have gathered hoarded or bought over the years.

So here I am today - with a wide spread of books that I'm selling out at just £1 each - the signage is bold and the popularity, so far, fairly high.

The excitement of having a new range of stock.  It's not the they types of books are different but rather that I am getting the hang of my stall, range and pitch.  This week is the best example where of my fifteen boxes of stock - thirteen were newly sorted and fresh on the stall.

The consequences of this are curious and gently unexpected. First is when someone asks for a book that you know you have - but that was last week and you have rotated your stock and suddenly you don't have it with you. Second is when they ask if you have a book on a topic, and because this is the first outing of the new stock you realise you don't know.

Maps: Set 1.  Rand-McNally new standard atlas of the World. Engraved in Chicago, United States of America, 1900.  Images are available on my Facebook page "Brockwell Books of Chesterfield" - please feel free to join that page and message direct on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Europe and the World

These maps have come out of a broken atlas that is both of the highest quality, but also in largely superb condition.  Where the maps have been removed from the atlas The severed edge has been kept but does not impinge on any of the details at all. This will enable those mounting and framing the map to decide on the size and depth of the Border edge. 

The detail on each map is often outstanding, many are colour codes beautifully and also capture the historical foibles of the time.  They represent a view of the world that is both at the transition from the 19th to the 20th century, but also before the collapse of a umber of Empires - British, Austria Hungarian and Ottoman to cite just three.