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From the Stacks: God Bless Bibliographers

When I started grad school, I had no idea what bibliography was, and let’s be honest, I still don’t. But it is because of bibliographers that such wonderful lists like this one exist to save poor, bewildered historians like me. 140 more words

History

From the Stacks: 19th C. Prophet

Sometimes you find something really different and really weird in the stacks. Today I found this… the work of an immigrant, Illyrian Catholic priest explaining how many, many events – like the assassination of Abraham Lincoln are signs of the forthcoming Millenium. It’s available on HathiTrust.

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Alice - still looking good at 150

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written in 1865 by the mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898) under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. The story of the title character’s fall down a rabbit hole, the strange creatures she meets and the odd circumstances in which she finds herself have made this fantasy one of the most popular children’s books ever written. 431 more words

Exhibition

750 years of Dante

Durante degli Alighieri, usually known simply as Dante, was born in Florence, probably in 1265. He held various political posts and was among the White Guelphs exiled in 1302. 412 more words

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Never judge a book … by its shelfmark!

We recently received a request from a reader to consult our copy of Le franc discours. A discourse, presented of late to the French King… 273 more words

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George Rose: the original Mrs. Brown

As a former curate in Camberwell, South London, George Rose (1817-1882) may not suggest the most obvious connection to the successful Brendan O’Carroll character, Agnes Brown. 220 more words

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