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Archive: 2017

  1. The Hungerford Club

    The pencil sketch of the philosopher C.E.M. Joad (1891-1953) is one of eight loose sketches contained in a folder, of which seven date from the Second World War. Only one...

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  2. The Cross Dressing Chevalier d’Eon

    The first article in the June 1810 copy of the ladies’ magazine La Belle Assemblée is described as being one in a series of biographical sketches and is entitled ‘Memoirs...

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  3. Slightly Foxed – whig politics and a fine gift

    The Heywood family have recently made a very generous gift of family documents to the library.  One of items in this collection is an album containing 33 items of correspondence received by members...

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  4. Eu(have got to be)clid(ding me)

    The first English translation of Euclid was brought out by the printer John Daye in London in 1570. The translation was made by Henry Billingsley, (d.1606), a rich merchant who...

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  5. Letter from Waterloo

    Guest blog by Library volunteer, Paul Carpenter Transcript of letter by Visitor Services Officer, Carlotta Dewald On 21 June 1815, three days after the Battle of Waterloo, Private James Wilson...

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  6. John Browne’s Mycrographia Nova

    Mycrographia Nova: or, a graphical description of all the muscles in the humane body, as they arise in dissection (1697) is a glorious work of medical illustration. The work consists...

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  7. Amusement Microscopique

    One of the most interesting and attractive of the Library’s collection of illustrated books is a three-volume work entitled Amusement Microscopique by Martin Frobenius Ledermüller (1719-1769). The book appeared between 1764 and 1768, a...

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