Scribes and the City
London Guildhall Clerks and the Dissemination of Middle English Literature, 1375–1425
Illustrated with 53 reproductions of manuscript pages, this book describes the work of four professional literary text-writers in late medieval England, the clerks Richard Osbarn, John Marchaunt, Adam Pinkhurst and John Carpenter, and others associated with the Guildhall. Slightly off-mint.
Health and the City
Disease, Environment and Government in Norwich, 1200–1575
In 1559, the physician William Cunningham published The Cosmographical Glasse, focusing on Norwich as an exceptionally ‘healthfull and pleasant city’. Isla Fay’s book explores the philosophy that linked a city’s location and landscape with its health, and the practical realities of Norwich’s ‘vibrant, native culture of urban hygiene’.
Prince Charles Edward (1900)
Published in 1900, this biography is the finest historical work of the poet, journalist, folklorist and historian Andrew Lang (1844–1912), once described as 'the greatest bookman of his age and, after Stevenson, the last great man of letters of the old Scottish tradition'. Despite his Jacobitism, Lang offers a dispassionate, detailed portrait of Charles that aims to place historical truth above sentiment and actually favours the Old Pretender above the romantic adventurer. Facsimile reprint. No jacket.
The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British West Indies (1819)
A sugar planter who played a significant role in the political life of Jamaica, Bryan Edwards (1743-1800) gives a full account of the colony's origins, development and government, and the system of slavery operating there. Facsimile reprint. No jackets. Off-mint.
The Autobiography and Correspondence of Mary Granville, Mrs Delaney (1862)
(Six Volumes: First Series, Volumes 1-3 and Second Series, Volumes 1-3)
Covering the period 1761–88, these volumes form the second series of the collected correspondence of Mary Delany (1700–1788), a famous letter-writer and a friend of Queen Charlotte. Her letters, and the editor’s notes, give a detailed picture of 18th-century English society. Off-mint and no jackets.
The Jazz Composer
Moving Music off the Paper
Internationally renowned jazz composer Graham Collier (1937–2011) offers a radical analysis of the composer’s place in a genre associated with improvisation and traditional ‘standards’. Looking back over the development of jazz composition, he considers the work of such important figures as Gil Evans and ‘acknowedged genius’ Duke Ellington. He then examines the new directions taken by contemporary jazz, illustrating his points with examples from his own music and anecdotes from his life. References to websites may no longer be valid.