A Rare Books Advent Calendar: 1st December

Some of you will remember the extremely popular “Victorian Christmas” Advent calendar, posted on these pages in December 2012, which drew exclusively on nineteenth-century material held in the Tower.  We have decided to put together another such blog for December 2013, casting a wider net to take in a variety of material held (mainly) by the Rare Books Department.

Given the nature of the subject, nineteenth-century illustrated publications will still feature heavily, but will be supplemented by images with a Christmas feel – sacred and secular – from early printed books, decorated bindings and Private Press books.  This will, we hope, give an idea of the depth of the Library’s printed holdings.  We hope you enjoy what’s to come!

Rosalind Esche (Reading Room) & Liam Sims (Rare Books Department)

“Keep on rolling as fast as you can go! The further you push it, the more you’ll have to show. See! it’s getting larger! Push with all your might! Wait a little longer, won’t it be a sight!”
Jack Frost: Oh dear look at the snow (London: [1884]), p. [8], classmark 1884.11.51

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