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The Reader, by Alexander Ver Heull (c. 1880)

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  • Death's Duel, by John Donne.
    Donne's final and most magnificent sermon, which he rose from his deathbed to give, and died a short time later. Illustrated with a portrait of himself as if dead.  Part of our Gossip in a Library project -- see here for Gosse's article.
  • The Life of John Buncle, by Thomas Amory.
    Thomas Amory (1691-1788) had a very long and adventurous life. John Buncle (1758) was his only novel. .Part of our Gossip in a Library project -- see here for Gosse's article; and in Gosse's words:
"No odder book than John Buncle was published in England throughout the long life of Amory. Romances there were, like Gulliver's Travels and Peter Wilkins, in which the incidents were much more incredible, but there was no supposition that these would be treated as real history. The curious feature of John Buncle is that the story is told with the strictest attention to realism and detail, and yet is embroidered all over with the impossible. There can be no doubt that Amory, who belonged to an older school, was affected by the form of the new novels which were the fashion in 1756. He wished to be as particular as Mr. Richardson, as manly as Captain Fielding, as breezy and vigorous as Dr. Smollett, the three new writers who were all the talk of the town.  . . . . . . To lovers of odd books, John Buncle will always have a genuine attraction. Its learning would have dazzled Dr. Primrose, and is put on in glittering spars and shells, like the ornaments of the many grottoes that it describes. It is diversified by descriptions of natural scenery, which are often exceedingly felicitous and original, and it is quickened by the human warmth and flush of the love passages, which, with all their quaintness, are extremely human"
  • Theauraujohn Tani his Second Part of his Theous-Ori Apokolipikal: or, God's Light declared in Mysteries
    In the introduction to our Radical Pamphlets from the English Revolution we lamented not being able to find anything by Theauraujohn, the maddest of them all. We have now tracked down one of his works and will publish it in due course as a new chapter in our collection.
  • Gerard's Herbal
    This vast and exhaustive work of early modern botany, illustrated with nearly two thousand woodcuts,  had its final edition in 1633.  Almost every plant known to European  herbalists at the time is included, with a picture, description, uses, and  anecdotes of the plant, its discoverers and much more.  Part of our Gossip in a Library project -- see here for Gosse's article.




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