All posts tagged: rare books


Pascal’s jottings in defence of Christianity turns 350

Mathematician, physicist, inventor, religious controversialist, literary author: in a brief life terminated by a lingering, debilitating illness, Blaise Pascal (1623–62) was nothing if not multi-talented. As the curator of rare books at Senate House Library, I think of Pascal primarily in terms of mathematics, says Dr Karen Attar.

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How Worcestershire Sauce helped shape our perception of the middle ages

Dr Laura Cleaver, senior lecturer in manuscript studies and principal investigator of the European Research Council (ERC)-funded CULTIVATE MSS project at the Institute of English Studies, explores what Charles Dyson Perrins’ collection of medieval and renaissance manuscripts reveals about the rare books trade in the early 20th century.


The ‘Gad’s Hill’ plot thickens – what the Dickens!

While researching the rare book collections of two of Lancashire’s historic libraries Dr Cynthia Johnston, a lecturer in the history of the book at the Institute of English Studies, discovered an intriguing album of correspondence from members of Charles Dickens’ family and a sheet of notepaper with the outline of a plot.