New Old Books: March 2016
Books added to the collections of the Rare Books Department this month include a French almanac, a further addition to our holdings of Enlightenment texts, a range of Italian writing from the late nineteenth century and a souvenir of the Entente cordiale of 1905.
Giovanni Lanza (1810-1882)
Medico e ministro
(Roma : A. Sommaruga, 1883)
Further nineteenth-century Italian political writing from the library of Denis Mack Smith (born 1920).
Pietro Ellero (1833-1933)
(Bologna : Fava e Garagnani, 1875)
A legal treatise by a long-lived professor of law at the University of Bologna, later a member of the Italian senate, and chiefly remembered as an advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. From the library of Denis Mack Smith.
Augusto Conti (1822-1905)
Letteratura e patria
(Firenze : G. Barbèra, 1892)
Another book from the library of Denis Mack Smith, containing literary and historical essays by the nineteenth-century philosopher and prominent citizen of Florence, Augusto Conti.
Edmondo De Amicis (1846-1908)
La carrozza di tutti
(Milano : Fratelli Treves, 1899)
A book of fictionalised accounts of the lives of tramcar passengers in nineteenth-century Turin, from the library of Denis Mack Smith. The author is best known for his novel Cuore (1886), written in the voice of a nine-year-old Turin schoolboy.
Joseph-Michel-Antoine Servan (1737-1807).
Discours sur le progrès des connoissances humaines
An eighteenth-century French work on human understanding referencing Rousseau, Locke and Helvétius, and concentrating particularly on legal and economic systems.
Almanach royal, année MDCCLV
(A Paris : de l’imprimerie de Le Breton, 1755)
The official French almanac ran from 1700 to 1847, its title changing according to the prevailing political system. This issue fills a gap in the UL’s holdings of its mid eighteenth-century incarnation.
Visit of the French Fleet, August 1905
(London : Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1905)
A handsome souvenir of the French naval visit to the Solent of 1905, held to mark the signing of the Entente Cordiale the previous year. Bound in gold-tooled crushed blue morocco, the programme of the week-long festivities features illustrations of historic warships and includes a coloured map of the positions of the Fleet, printed on silk. The Library’s Hanson collection, part of the library of the Cruising Association, includes a wide variety of works on naval matters.