The Tale of Two Lovers

As this post goes out on Saint Valentine’s Day your thoughts may be turning amorous. But are they turning to a bestselling 15th-century erotic epistolary novel written by a Scotland-visiting future Pope and once owned by a relic-collecting Catholic convert before being bought by the Library in the middle of World War II? Perhaps not, […]

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Useful advice in the event of nuclear war

I have been thinking about nuclear attack and survival recently. Not especially because of recent international politics, but because of a book called Nerves Versus Nazis that found its way under my nose. Published in 1940, it is the personal advice of John Langdon-Davies on the subject of coping with air-raids. Based on his experiences […]

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A generous bequest to the Library

We have a new printed special and named collection available to consult in our Special Collections Reading Room: the Peter Sharratt Collection. This is a selection of 153 volumes from the library of the late Dr. Peter Sharratt (d. 2014), a former lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, who specialised in the French Renaissance and […]

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Nothing says ‘Christmas’ like a gun-toting duck …

For the Library’s shopping day this year (Thursday, 14th December) we will have on display a very varied selection of Christmas cards, some widely commercially available at the time, and others designed by respected artists, sometimes for their own use. One such was Jessie M. (Marion) King (1875–1949). She was a celebrated illustrator and designer who […]

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