Happy 2016! This tiny volume (in 32mo) was discovered in the stores at Calke Abbey a few years ago (NT3182987). Continue reading
“How could you be so stupid?” King Alfred looking sheepish after burning those cakes…
Phew, it’s been hectic since I lasted posted an entry in August (yes, I know…) – I’ve been kept rather busy with Kedleston’s Pleasure Grounds and have only recently started another round of book cataloguing. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been storing up some interesting nuggets for you!
So, are you ready to continue exploring the world behind the spines? This time, we’re off to Calke once more for a visit to Madame Tussaud’s wonderful wax works exhibition. Continue reading
Amaryllis belladona, first introduced in Britain from South Africa in the early eighteenth century. One of Miller’s ‘uncommon’ plants.
Every self-respecting gardener in the eighteenth-century could not avoid to own, or have access to, a copy of Philip Miller’s hugely successful and comprehensive Gardeners dictionary. The edition, which is an adaptation of Miller’s Dictionary, held at Kedleston is particularly interesting for its luminous colour plates and the fact that it was published around the time Nathaniel Curzon was contemplating the contents of his new pleasure grounds… Continue reading
Here’s a bit of a conservation nightmare: What to do with three books with paper bindings glued together? And why were they glued together in the first place? I’d love to know what you think!
What can the intrepid cataloguer do when she comes across mysterious fragments of books? This time, some leaves from the collection at Calke Abbey …
Map showing the Zuiderzee area. Appears under a creative commons licence at http://www.henkvanheerde.nl/vollenhove/visserij/visserij15eeeuw.htm.
Continuing on the theme of travel, in this post I concentrate on a book with the curious title The dead cities of the Zuyder Zee which I found at Erddig. Before the construction of the Afsluitdijk in 1932, the IJsselmeer was open to the sea – although by the time it was closed off, much of it had begun to silt up, leaving the communities which depended on the sea for their livelihood completely destitute. However, during the Dutch Golden Age, cities like Hoorn, Enkhuizen, Volendam, and Stavoren had thrived as bustling trading and fishing harbours. Where siltification was less pronounced, such as at Kampen, the sea still provided some source of income, while Amsterdam benefited greatly from the construction of the Noordzee Canal and trade with the Dutch colonies. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I touched upon the travels of Richard Fynderne Harpur Crewe (1880-1921), the only son of the last baronet at Calke Abbey. In this post, we’ll explore a cruise to the North Cape he appears to have taken in ca. 1913. Continue reading
This time, some images from the School Room at Calke Abbey in winter. By now, the house has reopened of course and all the tissue has disappeared to display the books in all their glory.