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In July 1917, a young man in the 12th East Surrey Regiment kept a journal of his experiences at the front. This poignant and moving account is narrated with a keen sense of observation, bringing to life the sights, sounds, smells, and horrors of war.
With the help of the Bodleian Libraries' magnificent collection of Armenian manuscripts and early printed books, this volume tells the story of the region through the medium of its cultural output.
Fusing history, art history, archaeology and literary studies, and fully illustrated throughout, this is a ground-breaking guide to a fascinating and complex period in which northern Europe journeyed from late Antiquity into the Middle Ages.
This innovative and lavishly illustrated collection of essays shows how linguistic diversity has inspired people across time and cultures to embark on adventurous journeys through the translation of texts. From papyrus fragments to Asterix cartoons, it ex
Beautifully presented, this collection of Lear's nonsense birds, such as `The Obsequious Ornamental Ostrich, who wore Boots to keep his feet quite dry', is a perfect gift for children of all ages as well as for lovers of birds. Each is endowed with unique
Presenting such innovations as the `Zip-Opening Bonnet', the `Duo-car for the Incompatible' and the handy `New Rear Wheel Gear for Turning the Car in One Movement', this volume will appeal to `everybody who is ever likely to drive, be driven in, or get ru
This beautifully designed catalogue is not only a celebration of the Designer Bookbinders 3rd International Competition winning entries, but also a lavishly illustrated record of all the entrants from around the world. Texts are given a new look through t
The art of being a good husband is not an easy one. This little guide was written in the 1930s for the middle classes - one of the first modern self-help books. Illustrated with contemporary line-drawings, it contains delightfully arcane and timelessly tr
Packed with amusing scenarios of provocative behaviour as well as pithy advice, and illustrated with contemporary line drawings, this charming guide will win over both novices and veterans in this much maligned role.
Did you know that marmalade, pirate, sketch and purse trace their linguistic origins back to the Athens of 500 bce? This book offers a word-by-word look at the influence of Greek on everyday words in English, telling the stories behind their etymological
Korean Treasures: Volume 2 Rare Books, Manuscripts and Artefacts in the Bodleian Libraries and Museums of Oxford University
Following on from the publication of the first volume of these forgotten treasures, this book collects together further important and often unique Korean objects within the University of Oxford.
Over the last three-and-a-half centuries this glamorous, twenty-four hour city has attracted a multitude of thinkers, poets, novelists and playwrights, many of whom have brilliantly encapsulated its unique spirit through verse, prose or the ultimate wisec
Describing the capital variously as a city of lovers, gastronomy, fashion and filth, myriad quotations - sometimes poetic, sometimes humorous and always fizzing with insight - are collected here.
In late medieval England, ordinary people, apothecaries and physicians gathered up practical medical tips for everyday use. While some were sensible herbal cures, many were weird and wonderful. This book selects some of the most revolting or remarkable re
Did you know that coffee was recommended as protection against the bubonic plague in the seventeenth century? Or that tea was believed to make men 'unfit to do their business' and blamed for women becoming unattractive?
In this book, Daisy Hay explores the novel's time and place, its people, the relics of its long afterlife and the notebooks in which it was created. This is a compelling and innovative biography of the novel for all those fascinated by its essential, bril
While Jeu de paume has been played in France for hundreds of years, the modern game of tennis dates from 1874. Published in association with the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon), this book examines the history of the rules of tennis from their fir
A succinct illustrated account of the University of Oxford's colourful and controversial 800-year history, from medieval times through the Reformation and on to the nineteenth century, in which the foundations of the modern tutorial system were laid.
This lavishly illustrated book showcases the highlights of the Tolkien archives held at the Bodleian Library. This stunning book is a perfect introduction to Tolkien's creative imagination, giving a unique insight into the life of this extraordinary write
From the practical challenges of polychromatic printing or printing music staves and notes to the techniques for illustrating books with woodcuts, producing books for children and the design of the first fonts, these stories chart the invention of the pri
David Crystal shows how our feelings about pronunciation today have their origins in the way our Victorian predecessors thought about the subject, as revealed in the pages of the satirical magazine, 'Punch'. Richly illustrated, this is a fascinating and h
Taking us on a chronological journey, Stephen Harris identifies fifty plants that have been key to the development of the Western world, discussing trade, politics, medicine, travel and chemistry along the way.
Taking the scheme of the famous Bayeux Tapestry and drawn with Hassall's distinctive flat colour and striking outlines, 'Ye Berlyn Tapestrie' is a fascinating historical example of war-induced farce, produced by a highly talented artist who could not then
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