What do John Romilly, the Master of the Rolls who initiated the Rolls Series of historical documents, Gabriel Beranger, whose ‘labours in the cause of Irish art and antiquities from 1760 to 1780’ were memorialised by Oscar Wilde’s father (and are coming soon!), Peter Mark Roget, who wrote the two-volume Bridgewater Treatise on Animal and Vegetable Physiology Considered with Reference to Natural Theology, and I have in common?
In our CLC series on Slavery and Abolition, we have a range of books on the abolition struggle (as well as some arguing for the ‘peculiar institution’), including a number of works by black writers. For Black History Month, here is a list of authors, linked either to their books or to more information about them. Continue reading
Today, 14 October, has been declared Ada Lovelace Day, ‘an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths’, named after Lord Byron‘s daughter, later countess of Lovelace, and a renowned mathematician. We have not yet reissued anything by her, though we are hoping soon to be able to do her translation (and enlargement) of Luigi Menabrea’s Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage, and we have of course produced several works by Babbage himself, who was a lifelong collaborator with this remarkable woman. Continue reading
It seems a bit sad that one can rise to the giddy heights of an ODNB entry for one reason: ‘Ellis is chiefly known for his fierce controversy with William John Law, which raged from 1854 to 1856, on the route followed by Hannibal in his passage of the Alps’. And even sadder that ‘The arguments of Ellis and Law are not cited in most recent discussions of Hannibal’s route.’
The first President of the Royal Academy was Sir Joshua Reynolds – an easy starter for ten. But who was the second? Not only did I not know until recently, but I wouldn’t have recognised any of his works, and if I was told his first name was Benjamin, I would have said Benjamin Robert Haydon. But thanks to the power of CLC, I now know a bit more. Continue reading