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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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Joseph Conrad and The London Library

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Archive Advent Calendar: 16 December 2013 We continue our archival countdown to Christmas by opening another window on the Library’s literary past with the joining form to the Library of the master mariner and master novelist Josef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski (1857-1924) – better known as Joseph Conrad. Conrad is without question one of the greatest…

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Twelfth Cakes, Puritans, Pagans and Mummers; Seasonal Shelfmarks at The London Library

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Beyond the sparkle, glitz and John Lewis adverts that saturate the nation’s sensibilities during the ‘festive’ period, The London Library’s fifteen miles of shelving offer a glimpse into the more forgotten, obscure customs and ideas surrounding the theme of Good Will.  As well as Christmas with Rumpole, Poirot, and Nancy Mitford nestled in the Literature…

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London Library Women: Virginia Woolf and George Eliot

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Archive Advent Calendar: 13 December 2013 It could only be Virginia Woolf who wrote the piece on George Eliot which appeared in the Times Literary Supplement on November 20, 1919.  Woolf reconfigured Eliot’s reputation in the piece viewing Eliot and her literary reputation from a distinctly female perspective and concluding in her final sentence: “We…

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Eating and Drinking in the Library: Edward Cecil Guinness and Thomas Wall

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Archive Advent Calendar: 10 December 2013 I promised something “dark and racy” yesterday to wash down our Beeton’s Christmas pudding and here it is.  The brewer and philanthropist Edward Cecil Guinness (1847-1927) appears in the Library’s membership records in 1879 when he was the owner of the second largest brewery in the world. An astonishing…

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Victorian Branding: Beeton’s Way

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Introduction Join us for an archival countdown to Christmas as Helen O’Neill,  Archive Heritage and Development Librarian treats us every week-day between now and Christmas Eve to a small tasty nugget from the archive… An archival countdown to Christmas… 9 December 2013 Over the next three weeks join me for an advent calendar with a…

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Crabs, angels and conflict – new year, new books!

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As we all get into the swing of the new year, our Acquisitions Assistant has been hard at work ordering new titles to fascinate and inspire members in 2013.  In the latest installment of her regular blog, Rhiannon tells us about the fascinating titles crossing her desk. I hope this won’t be an indication of…

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You Won't Look Back

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Former London Library member Richard Conyngham on seeking refuge from cocker spaniels and finding his own special literary sanctuary at The London Library… The following article was published in the Summer issue of Slightly Foxed:  The Real Reader’s Quarterly – 96 pages of lively personal recommendations for books of lasting interest. It’s an eclectic mix, covering…

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Excellent Creatures

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Our Head of Bibliographic Services, Dunia Garcia-Ontiveros, explores the fascinating history of the book Angelographia – one of the Library’s many treasures. Angelographia sive Pneumata Leityrgika Pneumatologia, or, A Discourse of Angels, their Nature and Office or Ministry, published in London in 1701, was according to Rodney M. Baine “the last thorough treatise [on angels] published…

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