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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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A Garland of Christmas Carols

With Christmas quickly approaching, it seems an appropriate time to review a book about the history of Christmas carols. Though this book was published forty years after the Regency came to an end, the gentlemen who prepared it were born … Continue reading

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The English Festivals by Laurence Whistler

This book was actually written more than seventy years ago, but fortunately, it has recently been republished, with a new a new Foreword. Even more fortunately, a copy was given to me as a gift and, though it is not … Continue reading

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Your Most Obedient Servant

This is a remarkable and charming little book which I was thoroughly delighted to find on the shelves of one of my favorite local used book stores. My discovery was completely serendipitous, since I had previously been quite unaware of … Continue reading

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