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Book Lovers' Anthology
A Compendium of Writing about Books, Readers and Libraries
ISBN: PB: 9781851242481,
ISBN: HB: 9781851244188,
Bodleian Library Publishing
15.6x23.4 cm, 15 black&white illus.
"A blessed companion is a book – a book that, fitly chosen, is a life-long friend", wrote Douglas William Jerrold, over a hundred years ago. Major writers through the centuries have turned their minds to the subject of books, often with humour, somet...
Food Lovers' Anthology
A Literary Compendium
"There is no love sincerer than the love of food" wrote George Bernard Shaw in 1903. Poets, novelists, chefs and gourmands before and after him would seem to agree. Collected in this anthology is a mouth-watering selection of excerpts on the subject...
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
"A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread – and Thou..." When Edward Fitzgerald first published his translation of the poetry of Omar Khayyam in 1859 it had little impact on the literary world. But a chance find in a book...
The Bodleian Library has among its collections some very fine examples of illuminated letters in Western manuscripts and fine art books. These twenty-six detachable postcards feature historiated initials decorated with gold leaf from medieval and ren...
Conspiracy of Ravens
A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Birds
"A murder of crows", "a charm of goldfinches", "an ostentation of peacocks": collective nouns for British birds have existed since at least the mid fifteenth century. They are thought to originate in texts about hunting, but have since evolved into e...
Ye Berlyn Tapestrie
John Hassall's Satirical First World War Panorama
The horror of the First World War brought out a characteristic response in a group of English artists, who resorted to black humour. Among these, John Hassall, a pioneering British illustrator and creator of the influential 'Skegness is so bracing' p...
26 Postcards from the Collections
A Bodleian Library A to Z
The Bodleian Library is home to innumerable cultural treasures from every corner of the globe, assembled over a period of four hundred years of collecting. Structured around the alphabet, this book contains twenty-six detachable postcards, each featu...
From Downing Street to the Trenches
First-Hand Accounts from the Great War, 1914-1916
Why did Asquith take Britain to war in 1914? What did educated young men believe their role should be? What was it like to fly over the Somme battlefield? How could a trench on the front line be "the safest place"? These compelling eye-witness accoun...
Huns Have Got My Gramophone!
Advertisements from the Great War
Fountain-Pens – The Super-Pen for Our Super-Men Ladies! Learn To Drive! Your Country Needs Women Drivers! Do you drink German water? When Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, companies wasted no time in seizing the commercial opportunities presen...
London in Quotations
"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford", said Samuel Johnson in 1777. Since then the capital has been characterised variously as a "riddle", a "cesspool" and a "modern Babylon", and both L...