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Review of Dover Bookshop (Closed) in London
A rather different kind of store, Dover Books is famous for its huge range of copyright and permission-free art sourcebooks. Established by Australian transplant Mark Oddie in 1986, the Covent Garden store is crammed with a range that includes everything from tribal iconography to Victorian store signage. With its collection of illustration, commercial and historical art safe from the clutches of copyright, Dover Books has become a firm favorite with London artists and creatives in search of free imagery. Available in CD format as well as books, the depth of the material on offer is as broad as one could imagine. Fashion and costume tomes can be found alongside bizarre titles like ‘Those Were the Days: Weird and Wacky Ads of Yesteryear’. With such an eccentric range it comes as no surprise that Terry Gilliam, of Monty Python fame, is a big fan of Dover Books. Take a look at the collection of the rare, the obscure and the amusingly mundane and you might be seduced too.
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