Marks of Genius
Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries
Presenting 130 treasures now preserved in Oxford, this volume examines how the idea of ‘genius’ has been understood through history. Manuscripts and printed books from around the world illustrate the revolutionary ideas of individuals as well as the beautiful results of artistic collaboration. Also featured are ephemera and artefacts associated with geniuses (Mendelssohn’s conducting batons, a portrait of Galileo) and material that was donated to the Bodleian (books from Christopher Wren’s library, Dorothy Hodgkin’s hand-drawn insulin map).
The Book Thieves
The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
Throughout occupied Europe, the Nazis looted not only art but also books. The Swedish journalist Anders Rydell describes how the shelves of Jews, Communists, Catholics, Freemasons and other opposition groups were pillaged to provide material for Nazi propaganda. He meets the small team of dedicated librarians combing Berlin's public libraries to identify the looted books, and finds himself entrusted with returning a stolen volume to its rightful owner. Off-mint with a felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The British Library Stefan Zweig Collection
Catalogue of the Literary and Historical Manuscripts
From the age of 16 the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881–1942) was a passionate collector of literary and historical autograph manuscripts, and his collection of unique pieces included poems by Rilke and Baudelaire, drafts by Robespierre, Darwin and Dostoevsky and lecture notes by Nietzsche. The collection was donated to the British Library by Zweig’s heirs in 1986, and is catalogued in this volume with full descriptions, commentary and 74 reproductions of manuscript pages.
Everything Explained That Is Explainable
On the Creation of the Encyclopædia Britannica's Celebrated Eleventh Edition, 1910–1911
With 29 volumes containing 40,000 entries, the vast eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was a high point of Edwardian optimism and is considered to mark the last stand of the Enlightenment. Boyles draws on letters and newspaper articles to trace the history of its production and to reveal the contribution of two American entrepreneurs in the spectacular revival of an ailing British publication. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge and American-cut pages.
Researching London's Houses
An Archives Guide
Researching the history of a house can be fascinating, but it is not always straightforward, especially in London where the maze of sources is complex. Written by an expert on London's built environment, this book provides a systematic guide to the available archives, including title deeds, local government records, rates and taxes, fire insurance and probate. Extensively illustrated with photographs and maps, it includes a brief history of London housing, and three case studies.
Cataloging the World
Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age
Working in an era when 'the closest thing anyone had ever seen to a database was a drawer full of index cards', the visionary Belgian information theorist Paul Otlet (1868–1944) aimed to create a global information network, the 'Mundaneum'. He had amassed some 15 million entries in a 'Universal Bibliography' and over 70,000 boxes of documentary material by 1940, when it was destroyed by the Nazis. Alex Wright introduces this extraordinary figure, his achievements and the legacy that survived.