An Adventure History of Paris
Paris is one of the most alluring cities in the world; however well we know it, it never ceases to surprise. Reading this book, which retells its history through the lives of its inhabitants from Balzac to Baudelaire, Sartre to Sarkozy, is like stumbling upon a tiny restaurant frequented by eccentric locals. Robb is both a scholar and an adventurer, and from 250 years of urban history, he weaves a dazzling tapestry of fact and fantasy, memory and myth. Slightly off-mint.
A History of Huntingdonshire
The Darwen County History Series
Despite disappearing from official maps in the 1974 reorganization, the distinct identity of Huntingdonshire is still upheld by locals. Once one of England's smallest counties, the area is associated with notable historical figures such as Oliver Cromwell and Samuel Pepys.
An Illustrated Gazetteer
Who were the Celts and what actually remains of their legacy in Cornwall? Alan Kent sets out to answer those questions in this beautifully illustrated volume. Exploring sites associated with the Celts, both in ancient and modern times, he provides fascinating insights into the landscape, life and traditions that have made Cornwall and its people 'different'. There are over 500 entries in the gazetteer, each one with map references and information on the site's history, local figures and associated legends.
A Series of Original Portraits and Character Etchings
Previously a surgeon-barber, John Kay (1742–1826) set up shop as a portrait etcher in Edinburgh in 1785. Published in 1837–8 and commonly called Edinburgh Portraits, this work presents, in no particular order, around 300 of Kay's etchings of people from all walks of Edinburgh life, with 'biographical' sketches and 'illustrative anecdotes' by James Paterson. These volumes are facsimiles of the first edition. Limited edition of 600. Slipcased.
The Making of Wakefield 1801-1900
The 19th century brought prosperity to Wakefield, so that by 1900 the city had become both the centre of a new diocese and the seat of the West Riding County Council, with fine public amenities benefiting from mains water and electricity. Making use of contemporary documents and photographs, Taylor surveys this century of civic development and the growth of Wakefield's places of worship, schools and entertainment venues.
A Sightseer's Guide to the Capital of Crime
From Newgate Prison to the West London flat where Lord Lucan murdered his nanny, this illustrated gazetteer lists the locations around the capital that have played host to notorious crimes such as the Christie and Crippen murders, arch villains such as the Richardsons or famous London crime-fighters. The book also includes comprehensive guided walks visiting sites associated with Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and the Krays.
Cornwall Murder Files
Famous Cases Solved and Unsolved
A murder case usually excites public interest and when the crime takes place in a small community it is perhaps even more of a sensation. This true-crime selection recounts a number of murders committed in Cornwall during the later 20th and early 21st centuries and includes some intriguing unsolved killings such as that of millionaire farmer Les Bate in 2002.
Unearthing the Truth
Egypt's Pagan and Coptic Sculpture
Published to accompany an exhibition held in 2009, this is an illustrated catalogue of the Brooklyn Museum's collection of Egyptian Late Antique sculpture made for both pagans and Coptic Christians between the 4th century and the Arab conquest. Curator Edna Russmann first describes 21 reliefs which use plant forms, Christian imagery and scenes from pagan myth; then presents evidence which suggests that a further ten items are modern forgeries or reworkings. Slightly off-mint.
Holidays in Victorian England
Images of the Past
Margaret B was an ordinary middle-class English girl of the late Victorian era whose family made trips all over southern England. Their visits to places such as Brighton, Broadstairs, Exeter and Ilfracombe were recorded in Margaret's photographs. Accompanied by Thorburn's informative commentary, her pictures of the countryside and seaside, architectural splendours and quaint villages reveal the typical holiday for middle-class Victorians in an England untouched by cars and car parks.
The Silbury Treasure
The Great Goddess Rediscovered
Situated just south of Avebury, Silbury Hill in Wiltshire is Europe's tallest prehistoric structure; when this book was first published in 1976, recent archaeological investigations had suggested that the hill was not, as had previously been believed, a burial mound. Dames surveys the history of earlier digs at the hill, then uses comparative archaeological evidence, astronomy, ethnography, folklore, mathematics and place-name research to argue that the shape of the site represents the Neolithic Great Goddess.
Old East Enders
A History of the Tower Hamlets
The area covered by the modern borough of Tower Hamlets is London's oldest suburb. Once a scattering of cottages amid market gardens and windmills, it had expanded by Victorian times into a sprawling, largely impoverished district as populous as Berlin. Drawing on the latest archaeological and documentary research, and enlivened by many previously unpublished illustrations, this authoritative yet entertaining book charts its development from Roman times to the present, illuminating its little-told medieval and early modern history.
Seadogs Aboard an English Galleon
English ships of the 1520s were built principally for coastal sailing but over the following century designs, and the life of the men aboard, changed rapidly as Elizabethan mariners ventured far beyond home waters. Drawn from accounts of hundreds of 16th century and early 17th century ocean voyages, including the words of Drake and Ralegh, this book explores how these intrepid seamen coped with tropical heat, violent storms, bad water, rotten food, disease, navigational problems and enemy fire.
The Derby Book of Days
The very first day of 1756 was an important one for Derby: William Duesbury, china-maker and founder of Royal Crown Derby, moved to the town. December events were less auspicious, Bridget Kelly dying of lockjaw in 1875; and there were 47,000 paupers in the area at the end of 1900. No jacket.
After a brief history of Portobello Market, from the capture of Porto Bello during the War of Jenkins' Ear to the problems facing market traders today, Blanche Girouard presents informal interviews with more than 30 local residents, costermongers and stall-holders selling vintage clothing and antiques. The traders' stories – and the interruptions to serve customers – are full of humour and anecdote that convey the lively traditions of London's last antique street market.
The Early Art of Coventry, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick and lesser sites
Surveying the county before recent boundary changes, this volume presents a subject list of extant and lost art in the churches, civic buildings and museums of Warwickshire, including items relevant to early drama. Not typeset. No jacket.
Devizes and Central Wiltshire
Wiltshire: A History of its Landscape and People 2
The second part of Chandler's county history of Wiltshire covers 42 parishes, from Bromham, Seend and Erlestoke in the west to Wootton Rivers in the north-east and Netheravon in the south, including Devizes, Pewsey and Pewsey Vale. Conceived as 'prelude perhaps to an afternoon's exploring, or a handy compendium on any Wiltshire bookshelf', Chandler's historical essays are accompanied by Ordnance Survey maps from the 1890s and illustrations by Michael Charlton.
Finchley and Whetstone Past
With Totteridge and Friern Barnet
The development of Finchley and Whetstone is inextricably linked to the creation in the 13th century of a new road north out of London from Highgate to Barnet. Turnpikes, inns and livery stables were the Great North Road's early trade, and the connection of the area to Central London by train later encouraged expansion as a residential suburb.
An inspiration to preserve what remains, this volume draws on the photographic collections of the Irish Architectural Archive to present a substantial sample of Ireland's lost built heritage. The book is arranged geographically and shows buildings and thoroughfares that range from dry-stone huts, workers' terraces and open markets – bustling with life in 19th century photographs – to grand houses and even castles, including John Nash's Gothic-revival masterpiece at Clogheen, 'destroyed by malice and indifference in 1957'.
A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps
From the world's first postage stamp, the 1840 Penny Black, to the First Class stamp 2012, Chris West's selection of 36 stamps – 'some beautiful, some quirky, some baffling, some stained with blood' – are the inspiration for his idiosyncratic and entertaining history of Britain. Among his collection are the 1881 Penny Lilac (33 billion printed); the first decimal set (1971); and a single foreign stamp telling a story of reparations and hyperinflation: a 1923 German 200 mark stamp, overprinted 2 million.