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Tim Bobbin: A View of the Lancashire Dialect

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Various


A comic dialogue written in John Collier's idiosyncratic version of the 18th century South Lancashire dialect together with a collection of …

Poems and Songs in the Lancashire Dialect

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Edwin Waugh


A selection of poems in the Lancashire dialect by the foremost exponent of the form. A printer by training, Edwin Waugh left his trade for s…

Forty Seasons of First-Class Cricket

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Richard Gorton Barlow


R. G. "Dick" Barlow was one of the most accomplished all-round cricketers of the late 19th Century. For many years he opened the b…

Small Souls

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Louis Couperus


Constance van der Welcke returns to the Hague and the bosom of her family after a twenty year exile caused by a marital indiscretion and div…

Hard Times (version 3), Locked Out and On Strike

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Charles Dickens


Hard Times was Dickens's shortest novel and the only one to be set in the industrial north of England. A fast moving story with a typical ca…

In a North Country Village

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M. E. Francis


M. E. Francis was born Mary E. Sweetman in Dublin and moved to Lancashire on her marriage to Francis Nicholas Blundell, of the Blundell fami…

The Wonderful Adventures of Phra the Phoenician

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Edwin Lester Arnold


Phra, a Phoenician merchant and warrior, settles in the south of England as husband to Blodwen, a British princess. Slain during the Roman i…

The River Duddon: A Series of Sonnets

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William Wordsworth


Located in a part of Cumbria that was once part of Lancashire, the River Duddon rises in the high fells of the Lake District and flows for 2…

Short Stories (All the Year Round, 1859-1863)

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell


In 1859 Charles Dickens launched a new weekly journal, All the Year Round, to replace Household Words. Elizabeth Gaskell remained a prolific…

The Itinerary of John Leland in or About the Years 1535-1543

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John Leland


John Leland's 'Itinerary' was the product of several journeys around England and Wales undertaken between 1538 and 1543. The manuscript is m…

A Guide to the Lakes

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Thomas West


In the late eighteenth century, English writers discovered the landscape, not only in the paintings of Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin and S…

Selections from Harris's Cabinet

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William Roscoe


In the early 1800s, London publisher John Harris began producing small books for children that were designed not to instruct, but to enterta…

Short Stories (Household Words 1850-53)

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Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell


Elizabeth Gaskell was a regular contributor to Charles Dickens's weekly magazine, Household Words, from 1850 through to 1853 In addition to …

BLAST No. 1

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Various


BLAST, edited by Wyndham Lewis and subtitled 'Review of the Great British Vortex', was the magazine of the short-lived Vorticist movement in…

Guides to Belle Vue Zoological Gardens 1891-1917

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Various


Guides to the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens from the Chetham's Library Virtual Belle Vue Collection. The Belle Vue gardens opened in 1836 as …

Wild and romantic: Early guides to the English lake district

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Thomas Gray


A collection of some of the most significant literary work on the English Lake District prior to Thomas West’s A guide to the Lakes (1778). …

Early explorations in New South Wales: A collection

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Various


In the early days of the penal colony at Sydney, rumour was rife among the convicts of another colony beyond the Blue Mountains and perhaps …

Hartmann the Anarchist, or the Doom of a Great City

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Edward Douglas Fawcett


A gem of nineteenth-century science fiction from mountaineer, philosopher and occasional novelist, Edward Douglas Fawcett. Stanley, a wealth…

With Swag and Billy: A Guide to Walking Trips in Tourist Districts of New South…

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Henry J. Tompkins


A guide to hikes around Sydney, Australia, from the early years of the twentieth century. In 1895, Henry J. Tompkins and William Mogford Ham…

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In Confessions of a Convert

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Robert Hugh Benson


Robert Hugh Benson was the youngest son of Edward White Benson, the Archbishop of Canterbury and his wife Mary. Benson was was a prolific …

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