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Before Silver Paper Was Silver

      ". . . . . . Harriet unfolded the parcel, . . . Within abundance of silver paper was a pretty little Tunbridge-ware box, which Harriet opened: it was well lined with the softest cotton; but, excepting the cotton, … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   An Improved History and Description of the Tower of London

Last week, I wrote about the Horse Armoury at the Tower of London. However, there were several other attractions at the Tower of London during that time which might be of interest to a Regency author. And what could be … Continue reading

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1816:   The Year in Review

The year 1816 was the first full year of the Regency period in which the people of British Isles were able to enjoy peace. There were no ongoing conflicts in Europe, with Napoleon Bonaparte in his final exile on the … Continue reading

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Sir John Soane’s House:   A Slice of Regency London

In fact, this historic house museum in the heart of London is closer to its Regency appearance than it has been for more than a century. Over the course of the past seven years, a major renovation has been conducted … Continue reading

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Before the Paperback:   Charles Whittingham & The Chiswick Press

The paperback book as we know it today came into common use during the twentieth century. However, there was a forward-thinking publisher who established his own press during the Regency which produced inexpensive editions of books which were considered classics … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Dog Follows the Cat of Sentiment

It was just two centuries ago that the children’s book, Cato, or Interesting Adventures of A Dog of Sentiment was published in London. And "Cato" the dog followed "Felissa," who happened to have been a "Kitten of Sentiment." Both books … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   "Antiquity Smith" Becomes Keeper

Two hundred years ago, this month, a man who came into the world in the back of a hackney carriage, and once had aspirations to become an actor, was appointed the Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. … Continue reading

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