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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: Aug 14, 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: Aug 14, 2020
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release date: Oct 01, 2015
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A Literary Christmas
For as long as Christmas has been celebrated, poets and writers have sought to explore every aspect of it, whether the story of the Nativity or the festive traditions that have grown up over the centuries. A Literary Christmas is a seasonal anthology that collects poems, short stories, and prose extracts by some of the greatest poets and writers in the English language. Like Charles Dickens's ghosts of Christmas past and present, these texts are representative of times old and new—from John Donne's Elizabethan hymn to the baby Jesus to Rudyard Kipling's Christmas in India, from Thomas Tusser counting the cost of a Tudor feast to P.G. Wodehouse's wry short story about Christmas on a diet. Enjoy a convivial Christmas Day as described by Samuel Pepys, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, or Nancy Mitford. Venture out into the snow in the company of Jane Austen, John Evelyn, and Dickens's ever-popular Mr Pickwick. Entertain the children with the seasonal tales of Dylan Thomas, Kenneth Grahame, and George Mackay Brown. For any lover of great literature, A Literary Christmas is the perfect gift. This is a new edition—with fresh jacket design—of the British Library's popular Christmas anthology. Many major poets and writers in the English language are represented in these pages.
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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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: Aug 14, 2020
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[By British Library] Harry Potter - A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition (Hardcover)【2017】by British Library (Author) [1875]
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: 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: Aug 14, 2020
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