Special Collections

Private Presses in the Sterling Library: The Essex House Press

Continuing a collected as part of the Sterling Library, as books from this part of the collection are added to the online catalogue, brings us to one of the quintessential presses of the of the arts and crafts movement, The Essex House Press. One of the printer’s marks of the Essex House Press
28 Feb 2014
Tansy Barton

Byron book lent to Courtauld Gallery

The Library has recently lent volume 16 of its copy of The Works of Lord Byron (1832-33) to the Courtauld Gallery for its latest exhibition ‘A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany’, which runs until 27 April 2014.
27 Feb 2014
Jonathan Harrison

Caroline Playne: a campaigning life

I have been working with the Playne collection and Archives here at Senate House Library in quieter moments for some months, and during that time there has been a constant tension between a growing admiration for the donor, and a near-total absence of reliable information on her life.
21 Feb 2014
Dr Richard Espley

Visiting Shakespeare

Groups of visitors who come to engage with books in special collections are always welcome. Luke Haisell of the English Literature Society at Royal Holloway writes of a recent visit:
19 Feb 2014
Dr Karen Attar

Step forward Dickens’s ‘invisible woman’

This weekend sees the release of Ralph Fiennes’s new film ‘The Invisible Woman’, with Fiennes starring as Charles Dickens and Felicity Jones in the roll of Ellen ‘Nelly’ Ternan (1839-1914), a young actress with whom the great writer fell passionately in love. Based on the book of the same title by Claire Tomalin, the film has been released in the centenary year of Ellen Ternan’s death.
8 Feb 2014
Jonathan Harrison

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