Fabre’s Book of Insects (1921)

Condensed and beautifully illustrated English version of the ten volume series on insects by Jean-Henri Fabre in which he brought out the beauty and drama in the li…more

X is for…

How alphabet books dealt with the letter X before the rise of x-rays and xylophones….more

Paterson’s Roads (1826 edition)

Perhaps the closest thing the 19th century ever got to Google Street View, a book to guide the journeyer along the major roads of England and Wales….more

The Philosophy of Beards (1854)

Eccentric Victorian book arguing a strong case for the universal wearing of a beard – that essential symbol of manly distinction since ancient times….more

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