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release date: Oct 20, 2017
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Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic
As the British Library unveils a very special new exhibition in the UK, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, readers everywhere are invited on an enchanting journey through the Hogwarts curriculum, from Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology to Defense Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy, and more in this book uncovering thousands of years of magical history.

Prepare to be amazed by artifacts released from the archives of the British Library, unseen sketches and manuscript pages from J.K. Rowling, and incredible illustrations from artist Jim Kay.

Discover the truth behind the origins of the Philosopher’s Stone, monstrous dragons, and troublesome trolls; examine real-life wands and find out what actually makes a mandrake scream; pore over remarkable pages from da Vinci’s notebook; and discover the oldest atlas of the night sky.
 
Carefully curated by the British Library and full of extraordinary treasures from all over the world, this is an unforgettable journey exploring the history of the magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.
 
release date: Oct 16, 2020
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Harry Potter - A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition
Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library. It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures. Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There's also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition - absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake, who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme. Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon's blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch's broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears. This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person.
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release date: Jul 15, 2017
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Antique Maps 2018 Wall Calendar
Imagine a time when the world was a great unknown. What lay beyond the castle walls? Beyond the horizon? Kings, mariners, and merchants needed to know. In the great Age of Discovery, the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries, cartographers helped enable Europeans to span the globe and connect civilizations. This calendar presents a dozen works by cartographers who literally put the world on the map.
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release date: Jun 01, 2017
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British Library Desk Diary 2018
The British Library Desk Diary 2018 gathers together beautiful and fascinating images from the library’s collection of natural history illustrations. Sourced from manuscripts, journals and rare books, the range of nature’s beauty is represented, and includes birds, butterflies, insects, mammals, reptiles and fish. Artists include John J. Audubon, Maria Sybilla Merian, Archibold Thorburn and George Edwards.
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release date: Nov 15, 2015
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A Literary Christmas: An Anthology
From its very origins—as a story in a holy book—Christmas has been celebrated in words. Poets and writers of all sorts, and from all over, have honored the season with their pens, and A Literary Christmas gathers the best of those pieces in a package that anyone would be happy to find beneath their tree on Christmas morning.
            Within these covers we find Dickens’ three spirits keeping company with the jovial Mr. Pickwick, P. G. Wodehouse lamenting Christmas on a diet even as Thomas Tusser counts the cost of a Tudor feast, Jane Austen snowbound in Bath and Kipling importing an English Christmas to India, John Donne turning to the religious side of the holiday and Nancy Mitford talking up tinsel and other trappings of the festive season. Together, the selections show the many sides of Christmas—devotional season, family gathering, and frenzy of buying and giving. Classics alternate with lesser-known works, and surprises abound like plums in a good pudding. Beautifully produced, and radiating warmth for winter’s most wonderful season, A Literary Christmas is the perfect book for reading aloud on Christmas Eve, a ready-made family tradition.
release date: Jul 15, 2017
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Illuminations 2018 Wall Calendar
Early books of scripture or theology were written by hand by monastic scribes. The most elegant and expensive of these manuscripts were illuminated: lit up by pictures and other embellishments in bright pigments and gold leaf. In the thirteenth century, universities joined monasteries and abbeys in creating demand for books, and production of illuminated manuscripts spread from the monastery to professional workshops. Many of the images reproduced here are found in medieval Books of Hours; all are in the collection of the British Library.
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release date: Apr 03, 2015
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British Library 100 Birds from around the World: 100 Postcards in a Box

The British Library is the national library of the UK and 100 Birds from Around the Worldÿfeatures over birds from their ornithology collection.ÿSources include: American Ornithology by Alexander Lawson, 1825; The Birds of America, John Audubon, 1827-38;An album of 51 drawings of birds and mammals made at Bencoolen, Sumatra for Sir Stamford Raffles, c.1824;A natural history of uncommon birds, London 1743-51; Florilegius, Edward Donovan, 1794-1819 ; The Birds of Australia, John Gould and HC Richter 1848-69;The Birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan Islands, including any new species that may be discovered in Australia.

One hundred colour postcards to send, keep or frame are stored in a sturdy box with a lift up lid.

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release date: Feb 01, 2017
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Colour Your Own Medieval Alphabet (Colouring Books)
Before the invention of the printing press, books were written out by hand, and were priceless objects. The most precious books were illuminated with gold or with bright colors. Initial letters were often highlighted either as decoration or to mark an important passage. This new coloring book is packed with a series of intricate letters carefully selected from the extensive collection of the British Library. Each original letter is reproduced in color, so you can decide whether to choose your own colors, or to use the colors that the artist intended. With key facts about each of the letters and their source, this is the perfect book for history buffs and coloring fanatics alike.
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release date: Jul 15, 2017
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Frescoes of Pompeii 2018 Wall Calendar
Devastated by the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the city of Pompeii lay quiet under its blanket of volcanic ash and debris until its excavation began in 1748. Remarkably, the Italian resort city s architecture, decorative frescoes, art objects, and the accoutrement of everyday life had been well preserved by the ash itself. The images shown here are from Fausto and Felice Niccolini s four-volume magnum opus, Le case ed i monumenti di Pompei disegnati e descritti (Houses and Monuments of Pompeii) (Naples: 1854 1896), which attempted to catalogue everything from colossal public monuments to the humblest furnishings buried within domestic walls.
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Historical catalogue of the printed editions of Holy Scripture in the library of the British and foreign Bible society (Volume 2)
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