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Electronic reproduction of printed ephemera relating to Belle Vue Zoological Gardens in Manchester during the 19th and 20th centuries. Belle Vue was Manchester's principal centre of entertainment and the country's most important provincial zoo. Founded on the eastern side of the city in 1836 by John Jennison (1793-1869), Belle Vue was also famous for hosting numerous other activities and events, including firework displays, brass band contests, ballroom dancing and political meetings. Other attractions included an amusement park, circus and speedway.
Archive/Manuscript
1 online resource.
Electronic reproduction of selected rare printed materials from the National Fairground Archive (NFA), University of Sheffield. The NFA, housed in the Western Bank Library, University of Sheffield, is a unique collection of photographic, printed, manuscript and audiovisual material covering all aspects of the culture of travelling show people, and the artefacts and machinery of fairgrounds. The selection presents rare printed books on a range of subjects, focusing on unusual popular entertainments including the magic lantern, waxworks and exhibitions. It also includes a wide selection of posters, programmes and playbills from a variety of London and regional theatres. A highlight is the wonderful and very rare collection of playbills from the Argyle Theatre in Birkenhead.
Archive/Manuscript
1 online resource.
Electronic reproduction of the Sophia Sarah Banks scrapbooks in the British Library. Several scrapbooks in the British Library cover various popular entertainments in Britain from the late Georgian period onwards. Two scrapbooks are attributed to Sophia Sarah Banks, sister of the famous botanist, Joseph Banks. The first, comprised of over 400 pages, includes a large group of hand-coloured engravings, newspaper cuttings and handbills associated with ballooning, an activity that sparked public interest in the last quarter of the 18th century as the first experimental flights took place in Europe. A second scrapbook is variously attributed to Banks and Charles Burney (1757-1817), a classical scholar and prolific collector. This unique collection of playbills, notices, and press cuttings relates to private theatricals in England between 1750 and 1808, a popular form of entertainment in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Archive/Manuscript
1 online resource.
Electronic reproduction of material from the Vauxhall Gardens Archive held in the Lambeth Archives. The Vauxhall Gardens Archive provides a wealth of information on many aspects of 18th and 19th century social life and entertainment. The Gardens opened in 1660 as a place of entertainment for Londoners on the south bank of the Thames. This collection brings together a range of primary source documents, including press cuttings, playbills, pamphlets, sheet music, and visual images.
Archive/Manuscript
1 online resource.
Electronic collection of rare books, ephemera and visual material relating to the world of popular and alternative entertainment in Britain and America throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Victorian and Edwardian periods were a golden age for variety, vaudeville and theatre. The era also played host to a vast range of other public entertainments and spectacles, from the educational to the decadent. This collection of textual and visual material has been selected for its rarity and covers a fascinating period in the history of music hall, theatre, pleasure gardens, exhibitions, scientific institutions, and more. It includes material relating to: May Moore Duprez, E.L. Blanchard, Sarah Sophia Banks, Philip Astley, Madame Tussaud, Dion Boucicault, J.R. Planche, Charles Mathews, Oscar Hammerstein, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens.
Archive/Manuscript
1 large print box (contains printed work and zinc printing plate) STORE, VIEW AND MOVE BOX FLAT, NOT UPRIGHT OR TILTED.
This is the first edition printing of Backwords in an edition of 7. Each copy is accompanied with a unique printing plate.
"A bookwork in III sections charting the development of the poem Backwords." [Artist's preface]
Special Collections
Archive/Manuscript
1 online resource.
Electronic reproduction of 5 publications from the Liddell Hart Collection at Liverpool John Moores University Library, related to fashion in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Archive/Manuscript
1 online resource.
Electronic reproduction of annotated pages from printed works in the Wordsworth Library. The printed works are by John Milton, Percy Bysse Shelley, Joseph Nicolson, Joseph Wilkinson, Richard Burn, Charlotte Smith, Joanna Baillie, Samuel Rogers, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Select pages in each volume were annotated by William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Browning; it is these pages that have been reproduced here.
Archive/Manuscript
ca. 200 items : ill.
Electronic reproduction of a collection of chapbooks printed in London in the 19th century. Chapbooks were cheaply-produced, pocket-sized booklets, produced from the 16th century through to the second half of the 19th century. The chapbooks in this collection give a remarkable insight into the literature sold and read on the streets of Victorian London. The content of the booklets varies enormously, although nursery rhymes and folk tales are by far the most popular subject.
Archive/Manuscript
1 online resource.
Electronic reproduction of the Dove Cottage manuscript collection. The Dove Cottage manuscripts are considered to be the most extensive collection of Wordsworth manuscripts stored in a single place, and includes all contributing manuscripts to his greatest poetical achievement, "The prelude". The Dove Cottage collection is the primary sequence of poetic and prose manuscripts for determining the history of the poems. The earliest contains lines written by Wordsworth as a school exercise during his days in Hawkshead; it is followed by notebooks of drafts and fair copies, as well as annotated printer's proofs, created during the remainder of his life. The collection includes all four surviving notebooks of the "Grasmere journal" by his sister Dorothy; the earliest surviving version of Coleridge's "Christabel"; and the letter Coleridge sent to Sara Hutchinson, which he later developed into "Dejection : an ode".
Archive/Manuscript
84 photographs : col.
Electronic reproduction of photographs of the interior and exterior of Dove Cottage, at Grasmere in the Lake District. The images include items that belonged to William and Dorothy Wordsworth, such as William's spectacles and ice skates, and Dorothy's silk handkerchief.
Archive/Manuscript
1 online resource.
Electronic reproduction of over 2,500 pieces of fine art from the Wordsworth Trust's collection. The collection contains paintings, sketches and drawings of the landscape of the Lake District, and portraits of prominent people including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, Thomas de Quincey, Thomas Arnold, Charles Lamb and Percy Bysse Shelley. The artists include: Benjamin Robert Haydon, John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, John Ruskin, Joseph Severn, Joseph Farington, Joseph Wright of Derby, Joseph Wilkinson, George Beaumont, Thomas Gainsborough, William Gilpin, William Green, Hunt Emerson.
Archive/Manuscript
1 ms. (ca. 230 leaves) : ill., ports.
Electronic reproduction of the celebrated George Gissing 'Scrapbook' from the Pforzheimer Collection. The Scrapbook is described by Dr. David Grylls as "an evidential goldmine ..., the single most important manuscript source that might be made available to Gissing scholars." It contains clippings, ephemera and notes for works from the author of London novels New Grub Street and The Nether World, which are divided thematically into headings such as 'low characters', 'gambling', 'London vulgarisms and superstitions' and 'private life of working classes'.
Archive/Manuscript
1 online resource.
London Low Life is a full-text searchable electronic resource, containing colour images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 19th and early 20th century London reproduced from original materials in the Lilly Library, Indiana University. The collection brings to life the teeming streets of Victorian London, inviting students and scholars to explore its gin palaces, brothels and East End slums. From salacious 'swell's guides' to scandalous broadsides and subversive posters, the material sold and exchanged on London's bustling thoroughfares offers an unparalleled insight into the dark underworld of the city. Children's chapbooks, street cries, slang dictionaries and ballads were all part of a vibrant culture of street literature. The collection includes material by: Sir Walter Besant, George Augustus Sala, Pierce Egan, George Gissing, Gustave Dore, Blanchard Jerrold, Thomas Rowlandson, George Cruikshank, Josephine Butler, John Tallis, and the National Association for the Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts.
Archive/Manuscript
<35> maps : some col.
Electronic reproduction of 18th or 19th century maps of the historic counties of Cumberland and Westmorland (now Cumbria), covering the Lake District. Reproduced from maps in the Dove Cottage and other collections.
Archive/Manuscript
98 maps : some col.
Electronic reproduction of a collection of maps of Victorian London, some very rare, enabling comparisons of the city during a period of massive change. Ranging from the early 18th century to the 1920s, the maps reveal the city's startling growth in geographical terms. Maps chart changes in the cityscape, including the addition of railways, the London Underground, canals, postal divisions, the docklands, school boards and other "metropolitan improvements". Specialist maps show information such as electric lighting districts, sanitary inspectors' districts, and new railway developments.
Archive/Manuscript
1 online resource.
Only five major letter collections, those of the Paston, Stonor, Plumpton, Armburgh and Cely families, exist from 15th century England. They are made available digitally for the first time in this resource. These letter collections and associated mss. take the user into the world of medieval family, business, relationships, trade, politics and community.
Archive/Manuscript
ca. 573 items : ill.
Electronic reproduction of Sadleir's collection of 'fast literature' and street ephemera. The collection includes broadsides, cartoons, playbills, advertising, ballads and penny fiction, and is concerned with the darker side of London life: the gambling dens, criminal refuges, brothels, music halls and slums. It was formed by Michael Sadleir, in part as research for his 1940 novel about a London prostitute, Fanny by gaslight.
Archive/Manuscript
136 photographs : col.
Electronic reproduction of a collection of recent photographs, by Martin and Jean Norgate, of the Lake District. The natural landscape was, and continues to be, a source of creative inspiration. It was particularly significant to the creative output of William Wordsworth and the Lake poets.