Social & Industrial History
An Historical Miscellany
In the British Library lurks a 94-volume collection of newspaper clippings compiled over a period of 60 years by Francis Cox (1752-1834) and covering a vast array of subjects (eg. 'Extraordinary Sagacity of Rats', 'An Account of a Maccaroni' [sic], 'Bathing Trusses', 'The National Debt'). Simon Murphy has selected the strangest and most amusing of these articles to create an intriguing historical miscellany.
Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards
The extravagant whiskers of prominent Victorians such as Charles Darwin and WG Grace seemed impossibly archaic until the recent 'hipster' fashion reinvented the wearing of long beards for young men for the first time since the hippies of the 1960s. This book traces the history of fashions in facial hair from the ancients to the present day.