in the Art of Rat-Catching, by H. C. Barkley
The classical education provided by English schools in the 19th century
hated by the pupils and did nothing to qualify them to make a living.
Barkley proposes to solve both these problems by teaching them
rat-catching, which boys love and which is an honourable and useful
profssion. This is the definitive text-book of the art.
- The True Story of John Carteret Pilkington
The early adventures and misfortunes of the youngest son and amanuensis
of Laetitia Pilkington, whose memoirs are also on this site. Also
contains the corresondence of Laetitia Pilkington and Lord Kingsborough, and some poems and a play scene by J.C. Pilkington
Added 11th January 2017
Memoirs of Mrs.Margaret Leeson
The leading courtesan and madam of late 18th Century Dublin, she
published these memoirs in old age. Funny and frankly written, they
show a wide panorama of life from debtors' prison to the Ascendancy
at the height of their power and irresponsibility.
Added 8th October 2016
- More Crimes from the Newgate Calendar
Another batch of 172 18th Century pirates, highwayman, forgers and
sundry malefactors to add to our existing collection from the ex-classic compendium of crime
Added 26th July 2016
- Radical Pamphlets from the English Civil War
the English Civil War and in the republic which followed, a wide range
of radical ideas and movements flourished. There were Seekers and
Ranters, Diggers and Levellers, Quakers, Fifth Monarchists and
Muggletonians; and a flood of remarkable pamphlets promoting their
ideas poured from the printing presses. Our selection includes
such classics as A Fiery Flying Roll, The Lamb's Officer is Gone Forth with the Lamb's Message, and the wonderfully-titled Tyranipocrit Discovered.
Added 14th February 2016
- The Emperor's New Clothes -- Original Version
Christian Anderson rewrote this mediaeval Spanish tale for the more
fastidious audiences of the 19th Century. The original is well
Added 3rd February 2016
- Lives and Anecdotes of Misers, by F. Somner Merryweather
As read by Silas Wegg to Mr. Boffin in Dickens' Our Mutual Friend.
Added 18th January 2016
- The Metamorphosis of Ajax by Sir John Harington
first flush toilet, described together with a wealth of cloacal
learning and philosophy by Queen Elizabeth I's scapegrace godson.
Added 4th September 2015
Poems of John Skelton
Skelton (1460?-1529) is a poet whose works have hovered on the edge of
the canon, never being forgotten or lacking advocates, but never making
it into the schools. Robert Graves thought him better than Milton.
Howard Fish, now the Grand Old Man of American Literary Criticism (and
proud to be the model for David Lodge's Morris Zapp) published a
book-length study of Skelton in 1965, and more recently, Helen Cooper,
professor of English at Cambridge, called him "one of the great figures
of English poetry."
Added 13th July 2015
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