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Month: February, 2014

Beautiful Science

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

The Bookhunter on Safari

British Library Wearing my hack’s hat this week, in my guise of reporter-at-large for the ABA website and newsletter.  Off to the British Library, always a pleasure of course, but specifically there on this occasion to take in the press view of a brand-new exhibition: Beautiful Science .  Pausing only to drop off a little something at the Map Library upstairs, in hope that it might duly be acquired by this great and august institution, I made my way to the smallish Folio Society Gallery to check out the exhibition.

An august institution, yes of course, our national library, so I suppose I was rather expecting a staid parade of the editiones principes of the great masters, leavened with the odd choice manuscript, and a morning of gentle savouring and genteel pleasure.  Not a bit of it.  The modern BL has fully embraced digital.  Everywhere I looked it was all infographic, interactive…

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Friends of Glasgow University Library talk: ‘Scandal & Gossip from the University Archives’

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

University of Glasgow Library

Political intrigue, manoeuvres at midnight, subterfuge? These and much more are being unearthed from the shadows of the University.

‘Scandal & Gossip from the University Archives’ is the subject of the next talk organised by The Friends of Glasgow University Library and takes place on Tuesday 18th February at 7pm in the McKenna Room, Level 7. The speaker is Dr Jennifer Bann, a research associate in English Literature, who will be shining her forensic torch into the treasures of the archives and the affairs of the University across the centuries.

Dr Bann’s research interests include Legal Prose in 18th-century Scottish universities, 18th-century medicine, the history of paediatrics and childcare, and the application of digital techniques to research in the medical humanities.

The talk is one in the annual series of talks and events arranged by the Friends and is open to members and visitors. Annual Membership of the Friends starts at £15…

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London Maps at the British Library

by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books

London Historians' Blog

George III was very interested in maps, collecting them in huge numbers, along with views, architectural drawings and miscellaneous printed ephemera.  George IV, by contrast, was not. He dearly wished to convert his father’s library at Buck House into a ball room and very quickly began to dispose of the collection. Fortunately they were taken up by the British Museum and in 1973 ended up in their logical home: the British Library. The total collection amounts to over 60,000 item of which around 1,200 are directly London-related. While the British Library possesses 4.5 million maps in total, this is a very shiny jewel indeed. 

The collection includes all the great maps of London in the original and because they were acquired through royal patronage and acquisition, they are best quality and in a very many cases, unique. Gems include original drawings by Robert Adam of the Adelphi and all the…

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