What’s Wrong with Geography?

TozerStatistics – aren’t they wonderful? The title of this piece was premised on my reading recently that geography students are among those who have the greatest difficulty finding work after graduation. On Googling to verify this, I found several impressive bits of info (pie charts and everything!) which demonstrated either that this WAS or most emphatically WAS NOT the case. But, ploughing on regardless …

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A List of Books Published in 1814

BrightThere’s been a general re-examination this year of the monumental events of 1914, but I thought I’d go back another century and see what was published in 1814 – at the time of  the realignment of European politics, borders and allegiances which took place at the Congress of Vienna. So here is a list of the crop of 1814 (so far!): Continue reading

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Memoirs of Dr Richard Gilpin, of Scaleby Castle in Cumberland

Scaleby coverThis title doesn’t quite cover the ground. The subtitle, And of his Posterity in the Two Succeeding Generations, helps a bit, but in fact the story is carried down to the fourth generation by its author. William Gilpin was famous in his day for his writings on aesthetics, mostly entitled Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty…, many of which we have reissued.

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Roget’s Thesaurus

9781108074179fc3dWhat do John Romilly, the Master of the Rolls who initiated the Rolls Series of historical documents, Gabriel Beranger, whose ‘labours in the cause of Irish art and antiquities from 1760 to 1780’ were memorialised by Oscar Wilde’s father (and are coming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?

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Black History Month

DouglassIn 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

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