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Travels in Lancashire

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Various,William Roscoe

A collection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry on travels in Lancashire, England, with occasional sorties into adjacent counties. - Summary…

Things Seen in Venice

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Lonsdale Ragg and Laura Marie Ragg

Venice, once among the most powerful states of the Western world, now a much-visited but still romantic city of canals, architecture and art…

The Story of the Glittering Plain

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William Morris

In this early example of the modern high fantasy genre, Hallblithe, a warrior of the House of Raven, sets out in pursuit of the pirates who …

Criminal Manchester: Experiences of a Special Correspondent

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Follow the Manchester Evening News 'special correspondent' and his guide - recently back from a 'seven stretch' - as they take you on a tour…

Cycling in the Alps

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C. L. Freeston

A guide to cycling in the European Alps in the days before surfaced roads and automobile tourism. As the author explains, the spectacular vi…

Manchester Poetry

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James Wheeler

Manchester's first published anthology of locally-written poetry was compiled by editor James Wheeler to show that Manchester, 'the most mec…

Trivia, or The Art of Walking the Streets of London

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John Gay

John Gay's Trivia is a satirical guide to walking the streets of London, written in mock heroic style. Learn how to avoid pickpockets, wig t…

The Cycle Industry, its origin, history and latest developments

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Walter Ferdinando Grew

From the velocipede to the motor cycle in twenty chapters. A short history of the British bicycle industry from its origins in a Coventry se…

Doxie Dent

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John Ackworth

Following the short story collections, Clog Shop Chronicles and Beckside Lights, John Ackworth completed the adventures of clogger Jabez Cle…

The Master Girl: A Romance

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Henry Marriage Wallis

A stone age romance. Deh-Yun of the Little Moon comes across Pul-Yun of the Sun Disc, who has broken his leg while in search of a woman to k…

Things Seen in Florence

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Elizabeth W. Grierson

One of the largest and wealthiest cities of medieval Europe, the home of Dante and Giotto has long been a magnet for lovers of art, architec…

The Spirit of Bambatse

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H. Rider Haggard

A romance, a shipwreck and a hunt for buried Portuguese treasure in the Transvaal. All the ingredients of an imperial adventure that made Ha…

Six lectures on literature

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Charles Harold Herford

C. H. Herford was Professor of English Literature at the Victoria University of Manchester in era when public lectures were published in pam…

Lancashire Characters and Places

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Thomas Newbigging

An eclectic collection of essays on late 19th-century Lancashire culture and life, including essays on the poets John Critchley Prince and E…

Two Cumberland Ballads

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John Stagg

Two narrative ballads, based on local lore, by the Cumberland poet John Stagg. In 'The Hermit of Rockcliffe', a young fugitive takes refuge …

The Blue Review, Number 2

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The Blue Review was a short lived monthly journal published in London between May and July 1913. The successor to Rhythm, The Blue Review wa…

That Lass o' Lowrie's

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Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett was born and grew up in Manchester, England, and emigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 16. Fo…


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Francis Archibald Bruton

The county of Lancashire in the north-west of England is best known as the engine room of the nineteenth-century Industrial Revolution. Stee…

Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair

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William Morris

A prose romance set in the forested kingdom of Oakenrealm, where a squirrel can go about from end to end without touching the ground, in whi…

The Fates of the Princes of Dyfed

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Cenydd Morus

Cenydd Morus's (Kenneth Morris) imaginative retelling of tales from the Mabinogion, the great work of Welsh literature first recorded in the…

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