Mary Shelley was born on 30 August 1797, in London. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin and her mother was the philosopher and feminist activist Mary Wollstonecraft, who died in childbirth
Mary Shelley is famous for her “Frankenstein”, published when she was 21. None of her works published later matched the power of that first legendary novel.
Anyway, she wrote other novels, travelogues and short stories for popular periodicals. Many years after the death of her husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, she also devoted herself to poetry , especially elegies containing allusions to her husband
If your librarian is doing amazing work for your town, school, or campus, we want to hear from you — submit a nomination for the #ILoveMyLibrarian Award.
Nominations for the I Love My Librarian Award open June 23 and are accepted online through September 27, 2021.
ALA member leaders will select ten librarians from thousands of nominations, and each will receive $5,000 in recognition of their outstanding public service. The association will honor award recipients at the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony on January 22, 2022 at LibLearnX in San Antonio, Texas. Winners also will receive complimentary LibLearnX registration as part of their award packages as well as a $750 travel stipend.
Know an incredible librarian who deserves to be recognized? Get inspired by reading about past winners, including winning submissions from their patrons. Then nominate your favorite librarian. More information is available online, as are promotional resources for your library to spread the word.
The one thing most of us reading this have in common is the English language, and our tongue’s cathedral is the British Library in London.
The British Library is both a workhorse and a beauty queen. Not only is it the United Kingdom’s principal copyright library, meaning it automatically receives a copy of everything published in both the UK and Ireland, it contains Reading Rooms for up to 1200 researchers looking into everything from the humanities and music to rare books and maps. Karl Marx was one of them. So was Mahatma Gandhi, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde.
The library also serves as a museum and a centre for special exhibitions. In just one room – free to visit and open seven days a week in normal times – you’ll find 250 of the English-speaking world’s most precious and high-profile written documents on display. There’s everything from the original Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s First Folio and Audubon’s Birds of America to handwritten manuscripts of Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Bronte, Lewis Carroll and Jane Austen. Among the showstoppers are John Lennon’s self-edited lyrics to several of the Beatles most popular songs and for classical music aficionados, there are original scores from Beethoven and Mozart. Along with that, there are historical maps and ancient religious texts, including the Buddhist Diamond Sutra, the world’s oldest book, and medieval illuminated manuscripts from Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The new Sound Gallery is devoted to archived recordings, including the voices of Thomas Edison, Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale.
Join Blue Badge Tourist Guide and Lonely Planet guidebook writer Steve Fallon on a virtual tour of this enormous building – the largest built in the UK in the 20th century – which also boasts some rather unusual architecture and an inordinate amount of artwork. What London’s National Gallery is to fine art, the British Library is to the written word.
Added bonus: a university archivist and librarian from across the pond will join Steve at the end. Katie McCormick, Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections & Archives at the Florida State University Libraries will be on hand to describe her work and answer questions.
This is a virtual tour conducted live online via Zoom. You will receive your Zoom invitation on the email you have provided. Please check your spam folder in case the email from Eventbrite goes astray. In order to participate in the tour, you will need to download the Zoom app beforehand.
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August 12, 2021
Nov 17, 2021
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Well, from today, you can find an additional 32,000 images, comprising George III’s collection of atlases and albums of views, plans, diagrams, reports and surveys, produced between 1550 and 1820. These have been uploaded to Flickr with a Public Domain attribution for you to search, browse, download, reuse, study and enjoy.
The first release of 17,000 images – the collection of individual maps and views, was released in one big bundle. It made sense to release this disparate group of items this way, but we appreciate that searching Flickr for specific images is not especially easy (see below, Explore, for a solution. Of course, it can be interesting to browse if you are not sure where you want to end up!).
Responding to feedback, this second release has organised the bound atlases and volumes of prints into separate albums. The images within the albums retain the order in which they are encountered in the physical copy. The titles of the albums are made up of the constituent volume’s author, title, date and shelfmark, so we hope this will make the searching experience a good one. Batching into 500 or fewer images will make downloading easier for you too.
The Transatlantic Book Fair will bring together over 150 rare book dealers who will showcase hundreds of unique and rare works on paper.
Exhibitors from 15 countries will present a carefully curated collection of more than 5000 #books, #maps, #manuscripts, photographs, and rare historical artifacts online during the online fair, which will be the first to unite North American and European book dealers on a single digital fair platform.
This is a lot sale of 2 books which includes a true vintage copy of Gone with the Wind from 1940 and also a modern Companion Gone with the Wind book!
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. 1940 Motion Picture Edition.
This volume was well loved and therefore has a cracked hinge at the front but the cover is still attached, the upper spine area is frayed and pulling away as well as at the bottom. Rather uncommon to find sitting around these days, this book still has a lot to give for a true fan of GWTW, including photographs from the movie!
The Official Gone With the Wind Companion book. 1993. Illustrated with photos. 299 pages.
This volume includes the answers to almost 2000 questions and is a complete and entertaining reference, also the only official companion to the novel.
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Thought lost for almost a century, the Honresfield Library was assembled with passion by self-made Victorian industrialists Alfred and William Law at the turn of the 20th century and has since been maintained with care by generations of the Law family. A unique treasury replete with cornerstones of British culture, its re-emergence after almost 100 years in obscurity marks a defining moment for bibliophiles in what is set to be the one of the great library sales of recent years.
Among the library’s holdings is the most important material by the Brontë sisters to come to light in a generation – unrivalled in importance by any other private collection. The rare pieces open a window onto the short but amazing lives of Charlotte, Emily, Anne and even Branwell Brontë.
Treasures include an extremely rare handwritten copy of Emily’s poems, with revisions from Charlotte (est. £800,000-1,200,000) and the well-loved Brontë family copy of Bewick’s History of British Birds, the book made famous in the opening pages of Jane Eyre (est. £30,000-50,000), brimming with entertaining annotations from their father Patrick. Little-seen letters to and from the likes of fellow novelist Elizabeth Gaskell, Hartley Coleridge (son of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge), George Smith, publisher and vital champion of ‘The Bells’ (The Brontës’ secretive pseudonym), and many more, abound.
Scottish literature is also at the heart of the collection, which includes the most important manuscript by Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, in private hands. A compendium of poems, notes and ideas put together by Burns as an unknown twenty-four year old, First Commonplace Book offers a unique insight into the bard’s mind. It was last sold at Sotheby’s in 1879, for £10. The collection also includes other individual handwritten manuscripts of Burns’s poems and original letters to friends, family, patrons and lovers which build a picture of his colourful life.
Romantic writer Sir Walter Scott – the second-most quoted writer in the Oxford English Dictionary after Shakespeare – is also represented, most notably by the complete manuscript for Rob Roy, one of the last remaining manuscripts of a great 19th century novel that is not now in an institution.
Further noteworthy lots include Jane Austen first editions, including Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, a copy of Don Quixote printed in 1620 for Edward Blounte, the publisher famous for the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays, and an annotated copy of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poems with pages showing author’s changes from proof printing in his hand. There is hardly an area that is untouched, with Homer, Ovid, the Grimm Brothers, Montaigne, Ann Radcliffe, Horace Walpole, Charles Dickens and Mary Wollstonecraft also making an appearance.
The more than 500 historic manuscripts, exceptional first editions, intimate letters and beautiful bindings will be offered across three auctions at Sotheby’s, commencing this summer (first auction open for bidding from 2 – 13 July 2021). The public will get the chance to view the library, with exhibitions of highlights to take place in London, Edinburgh and New York.
The Honresfield library was assembled by William Law (1836-1901), augmented by his brother Alfred Law (1838-1913) and their nephew Sir Alfred Joseph Law (1860-1939). The library’s cornerstones are world-class holdings of the Brontës, Robert Burns, and Sir Walter Scott, on which is built a remarkable collection with precious highlights venturing well beyond the core of 18th-19th century British literature. It is a library of astonishing riches that has been treasured by generations of a private family for more than a century.
Although it cannot quite replace the crinkling noise of book covers, the website Internet Archive is working to bring the thrill of browsing library shelves to the safety of your own home. Their Library Explorer allows users to browse 3D shelves by subject, age, date, and other sorting criteria. While you could just search for a title you already know, the magic of library shelves—real and virtual—is discovering new reads.
— Read on mymodernmet.com/internet-archive-library-explorer/
What a sweet fluffy reading companion this beautiful cat makes. My cats absolutely love it when I sit down to read. Sometimes a little too much, because they will literally lay right on top of my book. Do you have a dog or cat that likes to hang out with you while you read? Drop a reply below in comments to tell me all about your furry (or feathered) friends!
As the Victoria & Albert Museum prepares to celebrate Lewis Carroll’s heroine, ties to mysticism and magical societies have come to light in a new work, Through a Looking Glass Darkly
Great art spawns imitation. And great weird art, it seems, spawns still weirder flights of fancy. Lewis Carroll’s twin children’s fantasies, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There have both inspired a string of adaptations, artistic and musical responses down the generations.
“Together these books are really the first psychedelic texts and I like them because there’s no moral lesson. They actually parody authority, like the judiciary and the monarchy, rather than supporting them,” said Jake Fior, an Alice expert and author of Through a Looking Glass Darkly. “Carroll had a definite interest in the esoteric. I have a catalogue of his possessions, including his library, and he had lots of books on the supernatural,” he told the Observer. Fior’s fresh version of Alice’s journey attempts to elaborate and even improve upon Carroll’s difficult follow-up work, 150 years on from its publication.
“If you think about the structure of Through the Looking Glass, it’s very weird and I always felt it could be improved. The idea of going through a mirror into a reflected dimension is fine, but then suddenly there is this Jabberwocky epic poem and the Vorpal sword and these mythical beasts which are never mentioned again. It is framed as a chess game in which Alice goes from pawn to queen in eight chapters, but it doesn’t run in a fluid way like Wonderland. It is a more flawed book, yet some of the moments are better, so I kept those in my version.” During the author’s research for his new approach to the story he discovered images that will now go on public display for the first time in the V&A show.
Fior, who is the proprietor of the Alice through the Looking Glass shop in the West End of London, was already the owner of several original pieces of Carroll memorabilia when he came across a sketch book that had belonged to Carroll’s famous original illustrator, Sir John Tenniel.
“It shouldn’t have been there, but I was at a rare book fair three summers ago and there it was, nondescript, with just the word ‘costume’ written on the front,” remembered Fior. As a student Tenniel used to skip his classes at the Royal Academy of Art and take his sketch books to the British Museum instead. This book was full of studies of armour and knights, prototypes of the images he went on to use in the Alice books.
Fior uses these images in his book just as Carroll used Tenniel’s work: a dynamic mix of text and illustration, which he believes looks towards the arrival of the graphic novel. Fior’s story tells, in parallel with Alice’s journey, the true story of Samuel Liddell Mathers, a distant relative of the real girl Alice who had inspired Dodgson.
Fior discovered that he had formed the secret magical society known as The Golden Dawn, patronised by major literary figures such as Bram Stoker, E Nesbit and Arthur Conan Doyle, and also by the notorious occultist Aleister Crowley.
“There is no evidence that Carroll was practising magic, but he was interested in telepathy and was a member of the Society of Psychical Research. He also had a well known obsession with wordplay and especially acrostics, and these come from Hebrew mysticism, which he would probably have known,” said Fior.
While working on the book he found that although Carroll was not a Freemason, the Liddell family were very involved in the organisation. The V&A exhibition, Fior suggests, will be a good opportunity for fans to go back to the darker side of the stories, something that the Disney cartoon version has almost obliterated. “The Disney image has become so strong, it has almost effaced Tenniel. But I find the animated visuals a bit saccharine. I always think of the phrase from Anthony Burgess’s Clockwork Orange “weak tea, new brewed” as opposed to the Tenniel which is full strength, with no sugar.”
This ☕️ mug offered by the Newberry Library is embellished with vintage bookplate illustrations. 11 oz. of Newberry collections history! Enjoy a beverage from a mug showing a collage of bookplates featuring various Newberry’s collections. (And that gentleman in the frame? None other than our founder, Walter Loomis Newberry.)
The Rosenberg Bookshop is proud to be an independent purveyor of literary gifts, cards, and toys by local artisans. You’ll also find an exceptional notecard and postcard assortment and, of course, stellar books.
A really a clever idea and a great gift for your favorite Bibliophile 📚
This is a collection of biographical pieces written by Elbert Hubbard, and published monthly starting in 1894. The pieces were collected and republished in a 14-volume Memorial Edition in 1916, shortly after his death. The first volume includes a memoir of the author, and the last volume includes an index to the entire set. 14 Volume set – PLUS: Guide Book and Biography of Hubbard (making this a set of 16 books).
V. 1. Good Men and Great;
V. 2. Famous Women;
V. 3. American Statesmen;
V. 4. Eminent Painters;
V. 5. English Authors;
V. 6. Eminent Artists;
V. 7. Eminent Orators;
V. 8. Great Philosophers;
V. 9. Great Reformers;
V. 10. Great Teachers;
V. 11. Great Businessmen;
V. 12. Great Scientists;
V. 13. Great Lovers;
V. 14. Great Musicians.
Elbert Hubbard had been influenced by the ideas of William Morris on a visit to England. He was unable to find a publisher for his book Little Journeys, so inspired by Morris’s Kelmscott Press, decided to set up his own private press to print the book himself, founding Roycroft Press. Roycroft was a reformist community of craft workers and artists which formed part of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States. Elbert Hubbard founded the community in 1895, in the village of East Aurora, New York.
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This virtual mini-tour features the Museum of Printing’s Frank Romano looking at a number of small-sized books, including what might be the smallest book in existence (it’s smaller than a tic-tac!). President Frank Romano shows off the collection of mini books in this video:
REINCARNATION – Lot of two vintage paperback books on the afterlife or reincarnation by Ruth Montgomery:
Published in 1968 and 1972.
Paperback books in good condition, some wear from age and use.
Price is for the pair of books together.
A World Beyond From beyond the grave comes a startling message from one of the world’s most renowned psychics, a message containing the answers to these questions and many more…What does happen after death? Where do you go? What is it like “over there?” What does it feel like to be out of our human shell? Do you see loved ones we have lost long ago? America’s best-known spiritualist medium has reached the other world. He has established contact with a “receiver” in this world–and has written this book.
Here and Hereafter Have you lived before? Will you live again? Fascinating new revelations about the experience of reincarnation from one of today’s foremost psychic authorities.
“The many readers of Ruth Montgomery will follow avidly her discussions of the doctrine of karma and rebirth . . . she cites innumerable instances that seem, to her, persuasive evidence that we are indeed caught up in successive reincarnations, and always meaningfully. Ruth Montgomery’s sincerity, humility, and personal conviction are in evidence on every page, and readers of her A Gift of Prophecy and A Search for the Truth will not be let down.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author: Ruth Montgomery became special Washington, D.C., correspondent for International News Service, and later syndicated columnist for Capital Letter King Features, Hearst Headline Service (1958-1968). Montgomery has received many awards for her newspaper work.
Montgomery’s first literary brush with psychic affairs occurred in the mid-1950s when she researched and wrote a series of newspaper articles debunking fraudulent mediums. Her next foray into the field was as a believer with the bestselling A Gift of Prophecy: The Phenomenal Jeanne Dixon (1965).
Montgomery herself developed psychic abilities at about this time. First via automatic handwriting and then automatic typewriting, Montgomery began to communicate with “Lily and the group”—beings who claimed to be spirits of the dead and Montgomery’s guides. To prove their veracity, the guides dictated much information previously unknown to Montgomery, which she was later able to verify.
From 1960 to 1969, Montgomery worked with her guides to produce A Search for the Truth and Here and Hereafter. The first treats Montgomery’s own spiritual progress, and the second karma and reincarnation. In 1969, satisfied that death is not the end of individuality and busy with other projects, Montgomery abandoned automatic typewriting. Early in 1971, however, on discovering that Arthur Ford, her recently deceased friend and a world-famous medium, had become one of her guides, Montgomery recommenced taking spirit dictation. The new communications, now from “Lily, Art and the group,” provided the basis for A World Beyond: A Startling Message from the Eminent Psychic Arthur Ford From Beyond the Grave (1970, 1988), Companions Along the Way (1974, 1985), A World Before (1976, 1982), and Strangers Among Us: Enlightened Beings from a World to Come (1979, 1982). These books discuss, respectively, the circumstances of life after death, Montgomery’s previous incarnations, the past history of the world, and the near future prospects of humanity.