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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 …


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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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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). …

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…

Early explorations in New South Wales: A collection

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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…

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In Come Rack! Come Rope!

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Robert Hugh Benson

Come Rack! Come Rope! is a historical novel by the English priest and writer Robert Hugh Benson, a convert to Catholicism from Anglicanism. …

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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 …

The Man Who Went Too Far

In Short Ghost and Horror Collection 041

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E. F. Benson

A collection of twenty stories featuring ghoulies, ghosties, long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night. Revenge, fear, petri…

Early history and origin of the bicycle

In 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…

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