Category Archives: Literary Studies

The Most Celebrated British Libraries

William Clarke (about whom little, as they say, is known – at any rate to the web) followed the early nineteenth-century trend for snappy Latin titles with an explanatory English subtitle for those who had not had Latin beaten into … Continue reading

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Gilbert White of Selborne

‘I have been very busy of late; and have at length put my last hand to my Nat[ural] Hist[ory] and Antiquities of this parish. However, I am still employed in making an Index; an occupation full as entertaining as that … Continue reading

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The Boar’s Head

I’ve already mentioned this year’s Christmas offering from the Cambridge Library Collection: Songs of the Nativity, compiled by William Henry Husk and published in 1864. The first of the secular carols (described as ‘Festive Carols and Songs’) in the book … Continue reading

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The Manticore, and Other Animals

Emma Phipson is an author we have struggled with, not because of her detailed and comprehensive 1883 work on The Animal-Lore of Shakespeare’s Time, Including Quadrupeds, Birds, Reptiles, Fish and Insects, but because in writing the blurbs for one of … Continue reading

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The Forme of Cury: A Medieval Cookbook

The Revd Samuel Pegge (1709–96) was one of those pluralistic and partly non-residential clergymen which the reformist wing of the Church of England was so ready to deplore. From Chesterfield in Derbyshire, he was a student and later fellow of … Continue reading

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