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    Olney hymns : in three books. Olney Hymns was compiled by John Newton, the author of "Amazing Grace" and rector of a parish in Olney, England, and William Cowper, a poet and close friend of Newton. The book contained the first printing of "Amazing Grace," which is numbered "Hymn 41" and begins at the bottom of page 53. The profits from the hymnal went to the benefit of Olney's poor....
    • Contributor: Printed and Sold by W. Oliver - Cowper, William - Pre- Imprint Collection (Library of Congress) - Pre- Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress - Newton, John
    • Date: 1779

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    A new, authentic, and complete collection of voyages round the world : undertaken and performed by royal authority : containing a new, authentic, entertaining, instructive, full, and complete historical account of Captain ... This compilation of British navigators' accounts of their voyages around the world covers the famous voyages of Sir Francis Drake and Captain James Cook, as well as expeditions by George Anson, John Byron, Samuel Wallis and Philip Carteret, and Constantine Phipps (Lord Mulgrave). In 1740-44, Anson led a three-year-and-nine-month mission that raided Spanish commerce off the coast of Peru before returning to England via...
    • Contributor: Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress) - Anderson, George William
    • Date: 1786

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  • Map
    Smith's new map of London. "By 1800, the population of London had reached one million, making it the world's largest city. By the end of the 1900s, its population was approaching five million. The rapid growth of cities such as London created new challenges for mapmakers, including confused street names, the constant appearance of new streets and buildings, and the problem of aligning the trigonometric measurement of streets with...
    • Contributor: C. Smith & Son
    • Date: 1860
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    Boke of the fayt of armes and of chyualrye.
    Fayt of armes and of chyualrye
    This book on the proper mode of conduct for a knight was written in French in around 1410 by Christine de Pisan, Europe's first prolific and respected female author. It was translated into English and printed by William Caxton (1422?-91) in 1489 at the behest of Henry VII, who wished to make it available to English soldiers. The book contained not only rules of...
    • Contributor: Caxton, William - Bonet, Honoré - Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) - Holford, George Lindsay - Christine
    • Date: 1489

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    Europe, a prophecy. The English poet, illustrator, and engraver William Blake (1757-1827) first published Europe, A Prophecy in 1794, one year after the appearance of his America, A Prophecy. In both books, Blake attempted to discern the pattern behind human history, and in particular in the momentous events occurring on both sides of Atlantic between the end of the American Revolution in 1783 and the outbreak of...
    • Contributor: Blake, William - Newton, A. Edward (Alfred Edward) - Gaisford, Thomas - Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) - Bedford, Francis
    • Date: 1794

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    The book of Urizen. The poet and artist William Blake was born in London in 1757. He was apprenticed to an engraver and studied drawing at the Royal Academy. In 1783 he published his first book of poetry, Poetical Sketches. Blake was a religious mystic who eschewed the traditional teaching of the Christian churches to invent his own doctrines and symbols, which he drew from classical and Celtic...
    • Contributor: Blake, William - White, William Augustus - Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) - Crewe, Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes
    • Date: 1815

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    London town This late Victorian book of children's poetry presents a bright and cheery view of London at the height of its imperial glory. Felix Leigh, who wrote the verses, was a prolific writer whose drawings and poems were featured for many years in the magazine Boy's Own Paper. The illustrations are by Thomas Crane and Ellen E. Houghton. Crane designed the ornamental pages and Houghton...
    • Contributor: Juvenile Collection (Library of Congress) - Marcus Ward & Co. - Houghton, Ellen Elizabeth - Crane, Thomas - Leigh, Felix
    • Date: 1883

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  • Periodical
    Chronicles of Cliveden. Chronicles of Cliveden was a journal produced during World War I by the patients at the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Military Hospital in the United Kingdom. The hospital was located at Cliveden, a grand country estate that was the home of Waldorf Astor, the second Viscount Astor, and his wife Nancy. When the war broke out, the Astors offered part of the estate to...
    • Contributor: Canada. Canadian Army. Duchess of Connaught Canadian Military Hospital, Cliveden - Meakins, Jonathan Campbell
    • Date: 1917
    • Resource: - 21 pages

  • Periodical
    Daily Sketch. The Daily Sketch was a British tabloid newspaper, established in Manchester in 1909 by Sir Edward Hulton (1869--1925), one of the leading newspaper proprietors of his era. Hulton soon moved the paper to London, where it competed with the other leading British tabloid, the Daily Mirror. Like his father Edward Hulton (died 1904), Hulton was an astute entrepreneur who regarded newspaper publishing as primarily...
    • Contributor: Robinson, William Sugden
    • Date: 1915
  • Periodical
    Feminine Elegance: fortnightly fashion review.
    Eleganze femminili:
    Eleganze femminili: rivista quindicinale di mode (Feminine elegance: fortnightly fashion review) was an Italian fashion magazine, published from January to May 1911, which was sold by subscription in Italy and abroad. In addition to presenting the latest fashions by the most famous designers in Paris, London, and Vienna, Eleganze femminili reported on social occasions in high society and included articles on etiquette, women's interests,...
    • Date: 1911
  • Book/Printed Material
    New Records on the Travel Round the Globe. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, in 1876 the United States held a Centennial Exhibition in the same city. The Foreign Office of the late Qing court authorized the Commercial Tax Office for the Western Countries to arrange the Chinese display at the exposition. Li Gui (1842--1903), a secretary at the Customs Office, was dispatched...
    • Contributor: LI, Gui
    • Date: 1878
  • Book/Printed Material
    Essentials on Industrial Technology. Kao gong ji yao (Essentials on industrial technology) has no title page. The heading at the front of Juan 1 reads: "Kao gong ji yao, written by Matisheng of England; translated by Fu Lanya of England and Zhong Tianwei of Huating; edited by Wang Zhensheng of Liuhe." At the beginning is a preface written by the author in London, on June 1, 1881, which...
    • Contributor: Matheson, Ewing - Wang, Zhensheng - Fryer, John - Zhong, Tianwei - Zhao, Hong - Shen, Shanzheng
    • Date: 1881
  • Book/Printed Material
    Guide to Troop Movements: 6 Juan. Surveying and Mapping Troop Movements: 10 Juan. 1 Preliminary Juan. This copy contains two works: Xing jun zhi yao (Guide to troop movements) and Xing jun ce hui (Surveying and mapping troop movements). The first work has six juan. In the heading of Juan 1 are the title and the names of persons responsible for the work: "Xing jun zhi yao, compiled by Hami of England; translated orally by Jin Kaili [Carl Traugott Kreyer,...
    • Contributor: Cao, Zhongxiu - Fryer, John - Lendy, A. F. (Auguste Frédéric) - Shen, Shanzheng - Kreyer, Carl Traugott - Zhao, Yuanyi
    • Date: 1901
  • Book/Printed Material
    Humble Words in Aid of Governance. Zuo zhi chu yan (Humble words in aid of governance) is a late-Qing dynasty translation of a work of political science, originally in English, entitled Political Economy for Use in Schools, and for Private Instruction, published in 1852 in Edinburgh in Chambers's Educational Course series. The title page title reads: Zuo zhi chu yan. The title page verso has the publisher's statement: "Printed by...
    • Contributor: Fryer, John - Ying, Zuxi
    • Date: 1875
    • Resource: - 192 pages

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    The First Folio of Shakespeare.
    Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies. Published according to the True Originall Copies
    Printed in the large "folio" size, the First Folio is the first collected edition of the plays of William Shakespeare. It was put together after his death in 1616 by two fellow actors, John Heminge and Henry Condell, and was published in 1623. The book contains the complete text of 36 of Shakespeare's plays. The principal publishers were Edward Blount (1565--1632), a London bookseller...
    • Contributor: Jaggard, Isaac, 1627 - Droeshout, Martin, 1601 - Blount, Edward, Flourished - Shakespeare, William
    • Date: 1623
    • Resource: - 461 pages

  • Book/Printed Material
    Titus Andronicus.
    The most lamentable Romaine tragedie of Titus Andronicus As it was plaide by the right honourable the Earle of Darbie, Earle of Pembrooke, and Earle of Sussex their seruants
    This 1594 copy of Titus Andronicus is the only known copy of this quarto in existence, and, along with a version of Henry VI, Part 2 from the same year, is the earliest extant printed Shakespeare play. Quartos printed after about 1598 often display the name William Shakespeare; as this is an earlier quarto, the name of the acting company is shown instead. Quarto...
    • Contributor: Danter, John, 1594 - Shakespeare, William
    • Date: 1594
    • Resource: - 61 pages

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    Pilgrimage to the Caaba and Charing Cross. Hafiz Ahmed Hassan was an Indian Muslim, treasurer and advisor to the nawab of Tonk, Muhammad 'Ali Khan (died 1895). Tonk was a principality in northwest India and is today part of the state of Rajasthan. When the nawab was deposed in 1867, the author accompanied him into exile, going first to Benares and then, in 1870, to the Muslim holy cities on pilgrimage....
    • Contributor: Ahmed Hassan, Hafiz
    • Date: 1871
    • Resource: - 101 pages

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    Report of All that Has Happened in Rome, Naples, Venice, Genoa, Sicily, France, Germany, England, and Malta.
    Relacion de avisos de todo lo qve ha svcedido en Roma, Napoles, Venecia, Genova, Sicilia, Francia, Alemania, Inglaterra, y Malta
    Relación de avisos de todo lo que ha sucedido en Roma, Napoles, Venecia, Genova, Sicilia, Francia, Alemania, Inglaterra, y Malta (Report of all that has happened in Rome, Naples, Venice, Genoa, Sicily, France, Germany, England, and Malta) was published in Lima, Peru, in 1618. The first printing press in South America was established in Lima by Antonio Ricardo (circa 1540-1606), an Italian who had...

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    Some Catholic and Mostly Learned Booklets.
    Opvscvla aliqvot vere catholica ac imprimis erudita
    Philosopher, educator, and psychologist Juan Luis Vives (1492-1540) was an early humanist, educational theorist, and Renaissance man. He was born in Valencia into a wealthy family of Jewish tradesmen. His family had been forced to convert to Catholicism so as to safeguard their lives and property and to avoid being expelled from Spain. They nonetheless continued to practice Judaism in a private synagogue in...
    • Contributor: Schöffer, Peter - Vives, Juan Luis
    • Date: 1521
    • Resource: - 198 pages

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    What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.
    What led to the discovery of the source of the Nile
    The British explorer John Hanning Speke (1827-64) is famed for being the first European to visit Lake Victoria and to identify it as the source of the Nile. Speke undertook three African expeditions, the first two with the great explorer Richard Burton (1821-90), like Speke an officer in the Indian Army. In early 1855 Speke accompanied Burton on a voyage from Aden to Somalia...
    • Contributor: Speke, John Hanning
    • Date: 1864
    • Resource: - 221 pages

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    To the Desert and Back; or, Travels in Spain, the Barbary States, Italy, etc., in 1875--6.
    To the desert and back, or, Travels in Spain, the Barbary States, Italy, etc., in 1875-6
    To the Desert and Back is an account by Zouch Horace Turton, a Victorian-era traveler who in 1875--76 embarked on a journey that took him from London to France, Spain, the Barbary States (the coastal regions of present-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya), Sicily, Italy, France, and back to London. The journey lasted 283 days. Combining sea and rail travel, Turton made brief stops...
    • Contributor: Turton, Zouch H.
    • Date: 1876
    • Resource: - 153 pages

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    Principia.
    Philosophiæ naturalis principia mathematica
    Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica (Mathematical principles of natural philosophy) is Sir Isaac Newton's masterpiece. Its appearance was a turning point in the history of science, and the treatise is considered by many as the most important scientific work ever published. Newton (1642--1727) was a professor of mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, when he produced the work. It presents the basis of physics and astronomy,...
    • Contributor: Royal Society (Great Britain) - Streater, Joseph, Flourished - Halley, Edmond - Newton, Isaac, Sir
    • Date: 1687
    • Resource: - 505 pages

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    Letter, 1803, September 24, to Dr. Currie, Liverpool. Robert Burns (1759-96) is best known for his poems and songs that reflect Scotland's cultural heritage. He was born in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland, the first of seven children belonging to William Burnes, a tenant farmer, and his wife Agnes Broun. Burns had little formal education, but he read English literature and absorbed the traditional, largely oral Scots-language folk songs and tales of his rural...
    • Contributor: Rennie, John
    • Date: 1803
    • Resource: - 4 pages

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    To Dr. Currie, M.D., F.R.S.: Holograph, Liverpool, 12 July 1800. Robert Burns (1759-96) is best known for his poems and songs that reflect Scotland's cultural heritage. He was born in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland, the first of seven children belonging to William Burnes, a tenant farmer, and his wife Agnes Broun. Burns had little formal education, but he read English literature and absorbed the traditional, largely oral Scots-language folk songs and tales of his rural...
    • Contributor: Shepherd, William
    • Date: 1800
    • Resource: - 2 pages

  • Book/Printed Material
    The Life of Meriasek.
    Beunans Meriasek
    Until recently, when Beunans Ke came to light, Beunans Meriasek was the only known saint's play in Middle Cornish. St. Meriasek was of Breton origin. The play presents his career, starting with his early education in Brittany and his arrival in Cornwall, recounting the various miracles he performed, then moves on to his return to Brittany, where he became Bishop of Vannes and eventually...