June 2020 Monthly Archives

An Eskimo Vocabulary for Arctic Explorers

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At first glance an unassuming little book bound in simple black cloth, the unexpected title – “Eskimaux Vocabulary / For the Use of the Arctic Expedition” – boldly printed in gilt to the front cover, quickly catches the eye and the imagination. Published in London in 1850, it was designed as a field guide to […]

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Andre Norton’s Early Influence on Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Andre Norton (born Alice Mary Norton in Ohio in 1912) was a hugely prolific writer and one of the earliest women to achieve widespread success in the traditionally male dominated genres of science fiction and fantasy. Norton’s earliest books were historical adventures for young adults (which would have been described as ‘juvenile fiction’ at the […]

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Bruce Chatwin, Eve Arnold, and Indira Gandhi take a trip through India

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  This signed copy of Bruce Chatwin’s first book, In Patagonia, brings together three very different, fascinating, and historically important people. The book is inscribed by Chatwin, an inimitable writer and character, credited with reinvigorating travel writing in the 20th century, to Eve Arnold, a highly talented and celebrated photojournalist, whilst the pair were working […]

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