A Hand-book of Proverbs

A Hand-book of Proverbs: comprising an entire republication of Ray’s Collection of English Proverbs with large additions; compiled by Henry G. Bohn (1855) A proverb is a short expression of popular wisdom that offers practical advice or teaches a lesson. Proverbs, such as those found
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The Naval Chronicle Vols. 1-40

The Naval Chronicle was a British periodical published in forty volumes between January 1799 and December 1818. It was the most influential maritime journal of its day, published during a turbulent period when the Royal Navy was involved in the French Revolutionary Wars (1793–1801), the
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Itinerarium Curiosum

or An account of the antiquitys and remarkable curiositys in nature or art observed through travels in Great Brittan by William Stukeley. London, 1724 Dr William Stukeley (1687-1765) was the most renowned English antiquary of the eighteenth century. In the era of the Enlightenment and
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Wit and Mirth: or Pills to Purge Melancholy

Wit and Mirth: or Pills to Purge Melancholy, being a collection of the best merry ballads and songs old and new, Vol. 1. By Thomas D’Urfey (1719) Wit and Mirth; or Pills to Purge Melancholy, consisting of six volumes published between 1719 and 1720, has
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Rules for Drawing Caricatures : with an essay on comic painting

Born in London; antiquary, draughtsman and lexicographer, Grose used a method of drawing caricatures based on the exaggeration of the parts of their body and their relation to one another. Lovers’ tiffs, debating antiquarians and cheating husbands all feature in his illustrations, as well as
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British Zoology

A Welsh naturalist, Pennant visited many little-known areas of Britain, and this travelogue, featuring engraved colour plates, was widely acclaimed. His “guide book” style was particularly popular. His accounts take his readers from his own front door, and along carefully described routes, detailing the scenery,
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A Discourse Concerning Old-Age

This 17th century treatise, Steele advises us, is ‘a plain discourse’ designed ‘to instruct, to warn and to comfort the weaker sort of ancient persons’. The author explains that although old age begins at 50 years of age, by adopting ‘a cheerful heart, a sober
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The English House-Wife

This handbook for housewives provides a fascinating insight into the domestic world of women, containing ‘all the virtuous knowledges and actions…which ought to be in any complete housewife’. From butter churning to birthing-pain ‘cures’, sausage pudding recipes to syphilis treatments, Markham advises on every conceivable
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Nekrokēdeia or, The art of embalming

An 18th century surgeon, deeply fascinated with the customs of death, Greenhill was a staunch supporter of embalming – believing it to be as important as anatomy or surgery. Too fragile to display open, this book offers fascinating insights into 18th century attitudes to death,
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