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An Eskimo Vocabulary for Arctic Explorers

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At first glance an unassuming little book bound in simple black cloth, the unexpected title – “Eskimaux Vocabulary / For the Use of the Arctic Expedition” – boldly printed in gilt to the front cover, quickly catches the eye and the imagination. Published in London in 1850, it was designed as a field guide to […]

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Andre Norton’s Early Influence on Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Andre Norton (born Alice Mary Norton in Ohio in 1912) was a hugely prolific writer and one of the earliest women to achieve widespread success in the traditionally male dominated genres of science fiction and fantasy. Norton’s earliest books were historical adventures for young adults (which would have been described as ‘juvenile fiction’ at the […]

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Bruce Chatwin, Eve Arnold, and Indira Gandhi take a trip through India

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  This signed copy of Bruce Chatwin’s first book, In Patagonia, brings together three very different, fascinating, and historically important people. The book is inscribed by Chatwin, an inimitable writer and character, credited with reinvigorating travel writing in the 20th century, to Eve Arnold, a highly talented and celebrated photojournalist, whilst the pair were working […]

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Millicent Sowerby’s illustrations for “Childhood”

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Painter and illustrator Millicent Sowerby was born in 1878 in Gateshead to a wealthy glass-making family. Her father, John G. Sowerby, as well as acting as director of the glass-making factory, also enjoyed recognition as a painter and illustrator. Millicent was one of the first women to illustrate Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and she […]

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A Beautiful Annie French Collection

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Over the last few days I have had the pleasure of researching and cataloguing a collection of decorated letters, calendars, and bookmarks created by the “Glasgow Girl” and contemporary of Jessie M. King, Annie French, which has been a lovely task while working from home! Annie French (born 1872) is something of an elusive figure and […]

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The History of Girls’ Boarding School Stories

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    “Girls! Girls everywhere! Girls in the passages, girls in the hall, racing upstairs and scurrying downstairs, diving into dormitories and running into classrooms, overflowing on to the landing and hustling along the corridor — everywhere, girls! There were tall and short, and fat and thin, and all degrees from pretty to plain; girls […]

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Going dating with Gertrude L. Beebe

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At times like these when the world can seem like a dark, confusing place, it becomes important to find a little joy here and there so that we can keep on going. Something that has personally lifted my spirits recently is a little gem of a book that my colleague Sky brought back from the […]

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Alasdair Gray – 1934-2019

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The upper and lower boards of Something Leather. Anyone who cares about books – for their content, but also as beautiful objects – will have been saddened to hear of Alasdair Gray’s death last December. Described by Anthony Burgess as ‘the first major Scottish novelist since Walter Scott’ and by Ali Smith as ‘a latter-day […]

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The Endurance of Tolkien

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“The keener and the clearer is the reason, the better fantasy will it make” J.R.R. Tolkien is undoubtedly amongst the most popular authors of the last hundred years, with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings never failing to find a new, captive audience in every emerging generation of readers. Furthermore, the literary and […]

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The Irrepresible Nancy Cunard

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  We are lucky enough at Lucius Books to currently be in possession of a handful of books once belonging to Nancy Cunard, a rebellious poet, socialite, publisher, and political activist who worked hard to promote pacifism while fighting fascism and prejudice, though she is now mostly remembered, perhaps unfairly, for becoming muse and lover to a host […]

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