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The King’s England

The most complete picture of a country ever presented to its people. From the first edition dust jackets The King’s England series was described as modern-day Domesday Book when it was first published. Though it was compiled more than a … Continue reading

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Cary’s New Itinerary . . . 

In 1819, Cary’s New Itinerary was indeed "new" again, for the publication of the eighth edition of his compendium of the roads of Britain contained a number of significant updates. This volume was very useful to nearly every traveller in … Continue reading

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The London Encyclopedia

Nearly every Regency romance author, or, as a matter of fact, any Regency romance reader, may want to have a copy of The London Encyclopedia in their library. This large, single volume book is one of the most concise, and … Continue reading

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A Peep Into the Past:  Brighton in the Olden Time, by John George Bishop

This curiously charming book was a pleasantly serendipitous discovery while I was researching a completely different topic. However, Brighton is one of my favorite settings for a Regency romance, perhaps because it was an important setting for the very first … Continue reading

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The Country House Library by Mark Purcell

This book was a birthday gift from a friend, and I can say without doubt that it was the very best gift I received this year. I love books, I love libraries and I love country houses. How could I … Continue reading

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Creating Paradise by Richard Wilson and Alan Mackley

Yet another delightfully serendipitous find at my local library. And yet another reason to be grateful that libraries, with real books on their shelves, still exist in this increasingly digital world. Thought this is not the sort of book I … Continue reading

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Regent Street:   A Mile of Style by Hermione Hobhouse

Over the years, several bibliographic references to this book have crossed my path, increasingly piquing my curiosity and my desire to read it. My local library has a copy of the first edition, but it is in storage and the … Continue reading

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