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Phrasebooks and Shipwrecks

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In the latest article adapted from a series recently published in History Today, Dunia Garcia-Ontiveros, Head of Bibliographic Services at The London Library, reveals the remarkable and dramatic provenance behind a small volume contained in the Library’s collections, rescued from its watery resting place inside the wreck of cargo steamer S.S. Halcyon, which was mined and sunk…

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The Bard’s Fourth Folio – Shakespeare at 450

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The Bard’s Fourth Folio – Shakespeare at 450 Shakespeare, W. Mr William Shakespear’s Comedies, histories & tragedies…Unto which is added, Seven plays, never before printed in folio…1685. In the week that we celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of Shakespeare, we take a glimpse into The London Library’s most precious volumes housed in the…

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The Spanish Civil War and The London Library

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This April marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and in our latest blog post, Library cataloguer Anna Gonzalez Fort delves into shelfmark H. Spanish Civil War to find some remarkable volumes acquired during the conflict in the 1930s. The Spanish Civil War was fought from 17 July 1936…

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Visual Propaganda during The Reformation

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In our latest blog post, Dunia García-Ontiveros, Head of Bibliographic Services at The London Library gives insight into the religious and political statements made by 16th Century Catholics and Protestants who disseminated their ideas and influence through printed manifestos. Examples are seen in some of the significant, rare volumes housed in The London Library. This blog is…

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A Mysterious Manuscript

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  2. The Library is the host venue for this year’s Rossica Translation Prize 2014, an annual award which promotes the best of Russian literary culture in the English-speaking world, rewarding and encouraging the translation of a broad range of authors, genres and periods. The judges have chosen from a shortlist of Russian literary writing,…

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The Long, Long Trail: Charles Chilton, Tommy’s Tunes and Oh! What a Lovely War

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There is a small but significant book in the Library’s collections called Tommy’s Tunes: A Comprehensive Collection of Soldier’s Songs, Marching Melodies, Rude Rhymes, and Popular Parodies, Composed, Collected and Arranged on Active Service with the B.E.F., by F.T. Nettleingham, 2nd Lt. R.F.C.  This comprehensive collection of soldiers’ songs was collected and arranged while on…

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T.S. Eliot: Poet and President

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We join Helen O’Neill for the last time before Christmas as she opens the final window on the Library’s archive advent calendar. I reserved the last window on our archive advent calendar for one of the greatest poets of the English language: T.S. Eliot. A London Library member from 1918 and the Library’s President between…

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From Alfred Lord Tennyson to Cecil Day Lewis: a plethora of poets laureate

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Archive Advent calendar: 19 December Today we open another window on the Library’s archival advent calendar to find four poets laureate closely clustered in the membership records. Alfred Lord Tennyson was the Library’s President between 1885 and 1892 and was poet laureate from 1850 until his death.  He became laureate in the year In Memoriam was…

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Resuming London Library membership: Evelyn Waugh and Brideshead Revisited

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Archive Advent Calendar 18 December 2013 We join Helen O’Neill for today’s posting from the Library’s archive and open another small window onto the Library’s literary past with the joining form of the writer Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966). This is the second of Evelyn Waugh’s joining forms to the Library and dates from 1944. Waugh’s Library…

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Guilty by association: Aubrey Beardsley, John Lane and the Yellow Book

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Archive Advent Calendar 17 December 2013 The iconic fin de siècle illustrator Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) joined the Library in 1896 when he was 23 years old. Closely linked in the popular consciousness with Oscar Wilde, Beardsley’s iconic and risqué illustrations for Wilde’s illustrated edition of Salome were commissioned when he was just twenty-one and caused…

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