Thirty to Forty miles round Manchester

AikinThirty to forty miles round Manchester covers a lot of ground. I’ve just used a clever online device to draw a circle of 35 miles round Manchester, and it encompasses (literally!) many more places in many more counties that I would have thought: from the bottom, Newcastle-under-Lyme (or Lyne, as it used to be) and Tunstall, Crewe and Nantwich, Chester and Ellesmere Port, Liverpool and Southport, the forest of Bowland, Skipton, Ilkley, Keighley, Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield, almost Chesterfield, and the Peak District National Park. Continue reading

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The London Greek Committee

Blaquiere‘A Committee is a group of the unfit, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary’ (USA, author unknown, 1952). Before the age of universal cynicism, committees were often thought to be a good thing, and a great number of them were self-selected, to do things which they believed to be necessary, and for which they considered themselves supremely fitted. Take, for example, the London Greek Committee… Continue reading

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Converting the Pope

TownsendThe nineteenth century was (among many other things) the era of the missionary. We have published a number of missionary narratives, including the exploits of the Baptists Carey, Marshman and Ward, ‘the Serampore missionaries’, in India; the ‘Labours and Travels in Mesopotamia, Persia, Arabia, Turkey, Abyssinia, and England’ of Henry Aaron Stern, a German Jew who converted to Christianity; the work of Isenberg and Krapf in Ethiopia; the Baptist minister and abolitionist James Phillippo’s fifty years in Jamaica; and numerous missionaries who set off for Australasia and the Pacific islands, among them the unfortunate John Williams, who actually was eaten by cannibals in 1839. Continue reading

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Not So Boring After All

HoltMy regular readers (Hi, Paul!), will know that I am keen on dipping into books, but even I was rather dismayed at the prospect of the nine-volume Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century, Comprizing Biographical Memoirs of William Boywer, Printer, F.S.A., and Many of His Learned Friends, published between 1812 and 1815 by the author and publisher John Nichols (1745–1826). Continue reading

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Top 10 historic books in July

Here are the top 10 historic titles produced by the Cambridge Library Collection in July. Scroll down to vote for your favourite.

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