The Old Man's Guide to Health and Longer Life
With Rules for Diet, Exercise and Physick For Preserving a Good Constitution, and Preventing Disorders in a Bad One
‘Among herbage raw sallads should be shunned.’ This and other questionable pearls of wisdom populate this lifestyle manual for long life, written in 1750 but with some advice that has stood the test of time.
Warfare in Medieval Manuscripts
Drawing on the British Library’s magnificent manuscript collection, Pamela Porter uses the miniature paintings that illustrated chronicles and military manuals such as Konrad Kyeser’s Bellifortis (1459) to explore the medieval art of war; chivalry, knights and their training; arms and armour; armies and battle; castles and siegecraft; and, finally, how the introduction of gunpowder signalled the decline of traditional medieval warfare.
Taking to the Air
An Illustrated History of Flight
From the crowds who attended the first balloon launches in the 1780s to the millions who watched the Moon landings on television in 1969, people have been fascinated by the spectacle of flight. Focusing on the experience of spectators rather than inventors and aviators, Lily Ford’s history of aviation draws on the British Library’s diverse collection of printed imagery – including posters, book jackets, photographs and wartime propaganda – to trace the cultural impact of flight up to the ‘Space Age’.
The Illustrated Police News
The Shocks, Scandals and Sensations of the Week, 1864–1938
From 1864 until 1938 The Illustrated Police News provided a cheap pictorial roundup of the week’s most startling news stories. Hundreds of examples of the publication are displayed here, with cultural and historical notes accompanying headlines such as ‘Child Carried Off by an Eagle’ and ‘An Elephant Hunt in London’ alongside more serious political and criminal subjects.
Victorian Excursions in India, China and Japan
Once travelling East had become so much easier following the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, the ‘globetrotters’ became a cultural phenomenon. At first, young upper middle-class men, and later families with the financial resources to spend at least a year travelling made the tour of India, China and Japan. Illustrated with some of the globetrotters’ own photographs, often of themselves in costume, this study examines their itineraries, their encounters and the transformative effects of travel.
Charting the Oceans
From the simple pilot books (periploi) and eight-pointed wind roses used by ancient Mediterranean mariners, this richly illustrated history follows the development of sea-charts up to British Admiralty charts from the Crimean, Opium and First World Wars. Focusing on the period from 1400 to 1900, Peter Whitfield examines the Europeans’ enterprise of charting the world in relation to their expanding knowledge of other oceans and lands, driven by the commercial need for navigational and maritime information.
Astrology in Medieval Manuscripts
Far beyond today’s star-sign predictions, medieval astrology was a complex divinatory art that was used to answer questions ranging from the sublime to the mundane, and astrological ideas influenced medieval cosmology, meteorology, alchemy, magic and medicine. Using dozens of examples from the British Library manuscript collections, this book explores the art of medieval astrology, its tools and principles, its place in society, and its relation to medicine and magic.
Peonies and Pomegranates
Botanic Illustrations from Asia
After describing the history of Asian gardens and how western traders, botanists and plant hunters brought back eastern plants for the gardens of Europe, Celia Fisher presents, in alphabetical order, over 70 flowers, fruits and trees from oriental gardens. The story of each species and its journey from east to west is illustrated with paintings, prints or drawings by Asian and Middle Eastern artists drawn from the British Library collections.
My Book of Stories - 4 Books
Aimed at young readers who have wondered what would happen if the hero of a story chose a different course of action, each book in this series gives the openings of some of the greatest tales ever told. Ruled pages follow on which to write a new continuation, with inspiring illustrations, plot suggestions, storywriting tips, quizzes and useful words. Age 7+ The four titles included in this set are: My Book of Stories: Myths (Read more...) My Book of Stories: Adventures (Read more...) My Book of Stories: Fairy Tales (Read more...) My Book of Stories: Shakespearean Tales (Read more...)
The Black Cat Notebook
Published in 1905, the original Black Cat Book was a volume of children’s rhymes by Walter Copeland, teeming with black cats and kittens drawn by the English illustrator Charles Robinson (1870–1937). The cats are restricted to the covers and endpapers in this notebook, leaving the lined pages free for your thoughts.
Lives in Letters
In chapters devoted to each monarch – Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I – this is a narrative account of the Tudor period, told through 42 letters and documents in the British Library’s collections. From Henry VII and Elizabeth of York’s autograph inscriptions in a prayer book, to a letter from Elizabeth I to James VI of Scotland in 1603, each item is illustrated in colour, fully transcribed and accompanied by a commentary setting it in historical context.
Classic Werewolf Stories
From Leitch Richie’s The Man-Wolf (1831) to Running Wolf (1920) by Algernon Blackwood, this collection of twelve short stories and two poems shows the great literary versatility of the werewolf, with celebrated authors including WB Yeats, Kipling and Saki unable to resist the lure of the lycanthrope.
The Prisoner's Defence
and Other First World War Stories
PG Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Wallace and ‘Sapper’ (HC McNeile) are among the authors of the 15 short stories in this anthology. There are tales from both home and abroad, including Mary Borden’s story drawing on her own dilemmas as a French Red Cross nurse.
Persuading the People
British Propaganda in World War II
During the Second World War, the Ministry of Information (MOI) was created to issue ‘national propaganda’, including books, pamphlets, postcards and posters that would maintain morale at home and influence opinion abroad. In 2000, the Ministry’s archive of wartime publications was deposited in the British Library. Drawing on that material, and illustrating 139 examples, Welch’s book demonstrates the range and inventiveness of MOI’s output, whether mobilizing for war, promoting thrift and well-being, celebrating victories or rousing people against the enemy.
Night in the Front Line
and Other Second World War Stories
Written during or shortly after the war, these twelve short stories include Roald Dahl’s A Piece of Cake, based on his own experience as a Gladiator pilot in North Africa; Elizabeth Bowen’s famous story The Demon Lover; and The Disinherited by HE Bates, writing as ‘Flying Officer X’.
Moments in History
That Changed the World
Presenting the events that have shaped our world, from the earliest civilizations to the Second World War, as bite-size facts and things you ‘need to know’, this introduction to human history is generously illustrated with images from the British Library collection. Age 8+
Lines in the Ice
Exploring the Roof of the World
Philip J Hatfield’s history of human engagement with the Arctic draws on the collections of the British Library and uses a great range of books, maps, photographs and prints to describe the indigenous populations of the region and their culture; European explorations, from the early voyages in search of a ‘Northwest Passage’ to 20th-century polar expeditions and scientific research; and the legacy of that history for the modern Arctic.
Fashion Illustration in Britain
Society & the Seasons
This well-illustrated book follows the history of fashion and the social calendar in Britain from the late 18th century to the outbreak of the Second World War, when intricately drawn fashion plates were gradually abandoned in favour of photography. Material is taken from the pages of fashion magazines, showing readers how to dress appropriately and stylishly at any time of year and for any occasion, ranging from weddings and funerals to the making of morning calls and sporting activities.
A Literary History of Subversion and Control
The 25 contentious publications discussed in this book illustrate how the censorship of literature has developed in the United Kingdom and United States, which both claim an ancient tradition of free expression. Ranging from medieval translations of the Bible to Marjane Satrapi’s recent Persepolis, they include works now considered masterpieces, such as Joyce’s Ulysses, which were banned because they challenged the orthodoxies of their time.
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.
Penguins, Pineapples and Pangolins
First Encounters with the Exotic
On a trip to the East Indies in 1655 Edward Terry noted the many uses of the coconut tree, with which one could 'build and fit and furnish and victual a small ship to sea'. This volume collects such reports of European explorers and naturalists reacting for the first time to previously unknown people, flora and fauna.
The Curious Map Book
The creation of maps is often a serious business in which accuracy takes precedence over the imagination. Drawing on the British Library collection, this delightful book presents 100 unusual maps in which the equation is reversed and fantasy comes to the fore. Here are nations portrayed as humans or animals – the British bulldog, the ‘Lion of the Low Countries’, the Russian bear; satires on contemporary politics; fictional countries; and maps as board games or jigsaw puzzles.
Word, Symbol, Song
For more than a millennium, the peoples of West Africa have harnessed the power of words and images to build societies, communicate faith, and challenge injustice. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the British Library, this lavishly illustrated book explores the region’s written heritage and even older oral culture. Leading international scholars offer a unique insight into this rich tradition, and the current explosion of creativity in an array of media.
The Science and Showbiz of Hypnosis
An Olivier award-winning performer, accredited hypnotherapist and the first artist in residence at the British Library, Christopher Green presents an illustrated history of hypnosis, covering both the reputable side of the subject – brain imaging, clinical trials, hypnotherapy etc – and the smoke and mirrors of stage ‘mesmerists’ and hypnotists. ‘I love hypnosis’, writes Green, ‘I don’t know of any other subject that is at once so erudite and yet so trashy’.
How to Skin a Lion
A Treasury of Outmoded Advice
This little volume draws on the accumulated wisdom of the British Library’s medieval manuscripts, Victorian manuals and early 20th-century self-help guides to provide a wealth of information on matters as diverse as curing sea-sickness (the ‘cure’ includes tea and gingernuts), reading the future from coffee grounds, how to put back a dislocated jaw and skinning the eponymous lion.
Adventures in the Strand
Arthur Conan Doyle and the Strand Magazine
In 1891, the first issue of The Strand magazine appeared; it was an immediate and massive success, mainly due to the debut of Sherlock Holmes in its pages. In this study of the relationship between Holmes's creator and the magazine, Mike Ashley first sketches the early career paths of Conan Doyle, the publisher George Newnes and editor Greenhough Smith before exploring their extraordinary achievement and Doyle’s subsequent 40-year association with The Strand up to his death in 1930.
The Punch Brotherhood
Table Talk and Print Culture in Mid-Victorian London
Based on research among unpublished letters, diaries, minute books and business records, this study of Punch takes the reader inside the most successful and influential of comic magazines and brings to life the table-talk, jokes and gossip of its close-knit community of writers, artists and proprietors. Leary emphasizes the role of this talk in the understanding of 19th century print culture, shedding new light on the careers of Dickens, Thackeray and many other writers and journalists.
Dogs in Books
A Celebration of Dog Illustration Through the Ages
Featuring reproductions from rare editions in the British Library, this book surveys dogs in literature and how artists have interpreted them, from Cerberus guarding the gates of Hades in Homer's Iliad to Spot the Dog. Catherine Britton discusses the role of each dog and the authors and artists who created such memorable canine characters as Dogmatix from Asterix, the Hound of the Baskervilles and Lassie.
The Power of Script and Image
Hebrew manuscripts took on a special significance following the sack of Jerusalem in 70 CE, ensuring the survival of the language, faith and culture across the vast diaspora. The examples in this book - both sacred and secular texts - trace the evolution of format and style in a tradition which remained vibrant even after the advent of printing.
The Roar of the Crowd
A Sporting Anthology
The anonymous 16th-century ode The Bewties of the Fute-ball gives us some insight into the early game, and Dickens's description of Epsom Downs Racecourse brings the bustle and excitement of Derby Day in the 1850s vividly to life. This literary collection selects the responses of celebrated writers, including PG Wodehouse, Walter Scott, Ernest Hemingway and Doris Lessing, to sports as diverse as cricket, boxing and fishing.
British Town Maps
The complexity of towns has stretched cartographers' ingenuity throughout history. After discussing the particular challenges of making town maps, including purpose, scale and printing, this richly illustrated volume, the printed companion to the online Catalogue of British Town Maps, surveys the history of urban mappings from the late Middle Ages to around 1900, then looks in turn at the specific uses of town maps, from depicting property ownership to fire insurance and town planning.
Ride a Cock Horse
And Other Nursery Rhymes
Although best remembered today as the author of the Gormenghast trilogy, Mervyn Peake (1911–1968) was also a brilliant and prolific illustrator. This collection of nursery rhymes, first published in 1940, brings his dark magic to such perennial favourites as 'Rub-a-Dub-Dub', 'Sing a Song of Sixpence' and 'Little Jack Horner'.
Hidden Stories of the First World War
The Europeana 1914–18 project (www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en) encourages people across Europe to share family histories, documents and artefacts relating to the First World War, and has produced a host of valuable material revealing forgotten adventures, hardships, tragedies and romances. The 32 stories collected in this volume, drawn from Europeana and other sources, tell the tales of ordinary people caught up in great events, from a conscripted French pacifist to a Welsh soldier injured in the last days of the war.
English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700: Vol 18 Discovering,
Identifying and Editing Early Modern Manuscripts
The 18th volume of this annual scholarly periodical comprises 12 essays, including studies of manuscripts and letters of the Earl of Rochester; and a list of manuscripts by the 'Feathery Scribe'.
Creating a Balance
Designed to help you enhance your personal performance, at home and at work, this self-help manual explains what stress is, the impact it can have on your body and how you can become your own stress- management coach. Written by leading experts, the book is full of practical stress-busting tools and techniques and self-assessment questionnaires that provide an insight into your stress responses and ways to overcome them.
In Paris in August 1918, Captain Alan Clinton spent the night with a young Frenchwoman and disclosed British military secrets: 17 years later his indiscretion has disastrous consequences. First published in 1936, Horler's spy novel is now part of the British Library's Classic Thrillers series.