My Book of Stories
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...)
Around the World in 80 Maps
This volume reproduces 80 historical maps of continents, countries, islands and cities from the British Library's collection, taking young readers on a journey around the globe, beginning (and ending) in London, crossing the oceans and stopping at some of the world's most fascinating places. The text summarizes the history, famous inhabitants, landmarks, wildlife, culture and customs of each location, and fact files provide at-a-glance information to broaden geographical knowledge. Age 7+
The Complete Illustrative Work of Thomas Bewick
Marrying research in the Beilby-Bewick workshop archives to a new study of hitherto uncatalogued images in the British Museum’s collection, Tattersfield presents a scholarly, illustrated account of the wood engraving workshop of Ralph Beilby, Thomas Bewick and Robert Bewick. The catalogue of Thomas Bewick’s illustrative works includes the famous Quadrupeds, British Birds and The Fables of Aesop. Volume I: The Workshop. Volume II: Descriptive Catalogue. Volume III: Notes and Indexes. Linen-bound and slip-cased.
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.
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902) is the first book in Martin Edwards’s ‘tale of the unexpected’: the story of crime fiction in the first half of the 20th century. Chosen as examples of the genre’s achievements (or limitations) and arranged chronologically, the books are by both little-known authors and the usual suspects such as Edgar Wallace, Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith and Julian Symons, whose novel, The 31st of February (1950), ends the story and points the ‘way ahead’.
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
Censorship targets speech and writing deemed to attack the state, corrupt morals or question religion. But whose morals, and which religion? Each chapter in this book examines the case of a work – many now considered masterpieces – that fell foul of the censors of the day, including Lady Chatterley's Lover , Ulysses, The Well of Loneliness, Lolita and The Satanic Verses. It is a history of texts and of those who would suppress them.
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
Nowadays, with the world’s knowledge at our fingertips, it is hard to recapture the sense of wonder felt by explorers when they first encountered animals and plants, people and customs, stranger than anything they could imagine. Generously illustrated with contemporary prints and woodcuts, this captivating book draws on accounts from Roman times to the 19th century to convey the amazement felt by Europeans when they first saw giraffes and bananas, Mongolian yurts and the statues of Easter Island.
Medieval & Renaissance Interiors
In Illuminated Manuscripts
Illuminated manuscripts are an invaluable resource for understanding medieval and early modern life in castles, palaces and ordinary households, both urban and rural. Reproducing 140 little-known illuminations, mostly from the British Library’s collections, this book shows how these miniatures reflect medieval domestic interiors and how they provide information on topics ranging from the security of dwelling places to creature comforts such as heating and lighting, hygiene, beds and bedrooms, and the display of wealth and treasured possessions.
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-ever 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 Curious Cookbook
Viper Soup, Badger Ham, Stewed Sparrows & 100 More Historic Recipes
This collection of 90 unusual recipes from historical cookery books includes some extraordinary dishes, such as Artificial Asses' Milk Made with Bruised Snails (1747) and Porpoise with Wheat Porridge (1450). Recipes reveal a lot about their time, and here a perceptive commentary discusses their social and economic context. A foreword by Heston Blumenthal sheds light on the way our cuisine is constantly evolving in response to trends and new ingredients.
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.
The Publication of Plays in London
1660–1800, Playwrights, Publishers, and Market
Based on the Panizzi Lectures given by the authors at the British Library, this groundbreaking study concerns approximately 1,530 published plays that were professionally performed in London between 1660 and 1800. The book covers a host of ‘nitty-gritty issues’ within the realms of playwrights, publishers and readers, including costs and prices, formats, playwrights’ remuneration, editions, collections and reprints, and illustrations in play books.
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'.
In the Prayse of Writing
Early Modern Manuscript Studies
Published in honour of Peter Beal, the renowned scholar of scribal culture, these 14 essays cover topics including the English verse of Robert Fabyan, the Countess of Cumberland's Prayse of Private Life and the practice of letter-locking with silk floss.
The Georgian Art of Gambling: Being A Miscellaneous
Collection of Fashionable Card Games and Diverse Pastimes
Claire Cock-Starkey's miscellany of Georgian pastimes – and addictions – covers everything from cards in the drawing room to wagers on cock-fighting and the ruination of gambling-addicted aristocrats.
WT Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary
When William T Stead died aboard the Titanic in 1912, he was the most famous Englishman on the ship. One of the inventors of the tabloid newspaper, his campaigning journalism launched military campaigns, exposed child prostitution and raised the age of consent. This collection of 13 essays recovers the extraordinary story of this advocate of world peace, campaigner for women's rights, radical, Christian, spiritualist, and key figure in the history of the British press.
Science Fiction Writers
Douglas Adams on Desert Island Discs, Ursula K LeGuin interviewed on Woman's Hour, Kurt Vonnegut talking on Third Ear in 1990.... Originally broadcast on BBC radio, these interviews feature ten of the really great science fiction writers talking about their art. The other seven writers are Isaac Asimov, Brian Aldiss, Doris Lessing, Michael Moorcock, JG Ballard, Arthur C Clarke (another Desert Islander) and Ray Bradbury. One CD: duration 73 minutes.
Beautiful Bird Songs from Around the World
A Skylark, recorded in the Outer Hebrides; the Musical Wren from the Amazonian rainforest; a plaintive Hoopoe Lark in the North African desert: or the strange sound of the Kokako, heard in the wild only in New Zealand's North Island... With recordings drawn from the British Library Sound Archive, this double CD set presents 40 of the most inspiring sounds of the natural world, whether richly melodic, ethereal or simply amazing, like the mimickry of Albert's Lyrebird. 2 CDs total duration over 2 hours.
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.
Peake in China
Memoirs of Ernest Cromwell Peake
Dr Ernest Peake (1874-1950), the father of Mervyn Peake, was a newly qualified doctor when he was sent to China by the London Missionary Society in 1899, and he practised medicine in Hunan province and Tientsin until 1923. These memoirs describe his experience of 'the Celestial Empire' during a period that saw the violent end of Manchu rule and the start of the Chinese Republic. The memoirs are published here for the first time, with an introduction by Hilary Spurling.
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.