Monday, August 25, 2014

Focus on London: Up, Down, and Inside Out

The Public Domain Review recently featured a rarity called The London Guide and Stranger’s Safeguard against the Cheats, Swindlers, and Pickpockets (1819). Its frontispiece is pictured at left. From its "Glossary of Cant Terms" comes mizzle ("to get away slily"), dive ("to enter the pocket)", patter ("examination before magistrates"), toggery ("clothing"),  and bon ton ("high life women").
"It was once the seat of the world's mightiest empire and the most populous city on the planet, while the list of historical figures, notable personalities, and literary, artistic, musical, and dramatic talents who have called it home is simply staggering." From Jonathan Oates' Unsolved London Murders: The 1920s & 1930s to the photo book A Century of Royalty (culled from the pages of the Daily Mirror) to Jane Austen's London to PBS's Secrets of Underground London to Peter Ackroyd's London Under there's something for everyone in the Daedalus Books Spotlight on the great  metropolis of London. 
George V (left) with Generals Foch and Haig after the Battle of the Somme in World War I. (A Century of Royalty)
How do you curate themed displays online when you're a virtual bookseller? One way is through the ever-changing "Spotlight" features you'll find by clicking on a tab at the top of our main page. And if you sign up for e-mail notifications (top left of main page), you can get a discount on your next order as well as being informed of all future Spotlights. Recent ones have been "A Taste for Adventure," "Back to School for Grownups," "Paris," "Duke Ellington," and "The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War." Our Forums are pretty fab too (watch for one beginning in the fall on the Roosevelts.)
Princess Margaret with the Beatles. (A Century of Royalty)
If you enjoy watching historical crime series, snap up the Sergeant Cribb DVD set before it sells out. (He's a detective working for Scotland Yard in the Victorian Era; we also have the Father Brown complete collection and a documentary on the notorious serial poisoner William Palmer.)

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