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Fore-Edge Painting:   The Very Best Book Secret, Ever!

The first time I saw a fore-edge painting was as a freshman, on an orientation tour of the rare book collection of my college library. I love books and art, so I was thoroughly entranced by the combination, particularly since … Continue reading

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Of Work or "Pouch" Tables for Ladies

Women have been doing various kinds of needlework for millenia. Initially, most of that work was utilitarian, primarily making and mending clothing and household textiles. But as the centuries progressed, more and more women, particularly ladies of the upper classes, … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Trial By Combat Abolished

There is no mistake in the title of this article. Trial by combat was quite legal in Britain, until the last full year of the Regency. Essentially, trial by combat was a type of duel which was sanctioned by the … Continue reading

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Morgan and Sanders:   Patent Furniture Manufactory

Despite the fact that the firm of Morgan and Sanders was considered the leading patent furniture-maker in London during the Regency, neither partner ever actually never filed for a single patent for any of the unique furniture pieces they produced. … Continue reading

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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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Regency Bicentennial:   Travellers Club Founded

Two hundred years ago, this coming Sunday, the Travellers Club was founded. This was the only one of the fashionable and exclusive London gentlemen’s clubs to be founded during our favorite decade. However, the purpose of this club differed from … Continue reading

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Jib-Doors Through the Regency

Though you may not know the term, many of you may have seen a jib-door in a historic house, even if you did not know its proper name. You may have also seen a jib-door without even knowing it was … 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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Frogmore:   Royal Spouse House

Some of you may remember that last spring, the reception for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was held at Frogmore House, which is situated within the grounds of the Home Park at Windsor Castle. It is generally … 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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Regency Bicentennial:   Grimm’s Fairy Tales for Children

Today, the fairy tales which are published as having been collected by the Brothers Grimm are thought to be quite suitable for everyone. However, the original versions of most of those tales were highly criticized as being very inappropriate for … Continue reading

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Paternoster Row and the Book Trade in Britain

Not long after Johannes Gutenberg introduced the movable-type printing press in Germany, the use of the device spread throughout Europe and across the English Channel. By the beginning of the sixteenth century, a strong trade in books was developing in … Continue reading

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1818:   The Year In Review

By the time the year 1818 came to an end, the king’s wife of more than half a century had passed away, and the Crown had sold off a Royal Forest. The old Parliament had been dissolved and elections held … Continue reading

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The Disposition of Queen Charlotte’s Property

Last week, I wrote about the death of Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, as well as the mother of the Prince Regent and his royal siblings. Even before his mother had been laid to rest, the Prince … 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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Regency Bicentennial:   Belzoni Sets Off to Find the Ruins of Berenike

Two hundred years ago, this Sunday, the one-time circus performer turned archaeologist, Giovanni Belzoni, set off to seek the real ruins of the Ancient Egyptian port city of Berenike, or, as it is more commonly known today, Berenice. An important … Continue reading

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