Category Archives: Technology

A List of Books Published in 1814

There’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 … Continue reading

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John Baskerville, Type-Founder and Printer

It is strange that there were very few biographical notices of one of the world’s greatest typographer-printers for more than a hundred years after his death. Interest was rekindled in the twentieth century by the 1907 biography by Ralph Straus … 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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Too Many Books, Too Little Time…

We have been packing up some of the books which are to go into the sale at the Cambridge University Press Bookshop from 16 June onwards. We do this yearly, to clear our limited shelving space of some of the … Continue reading

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Gutta-Percha

I can’t remember when I first came across this intriguing word. The context must have indicated white plasticky stuff, because if I hear (or more likely read) it today, the things I think of are those little collar stiffeners which … Continue reading

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