Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The tale of a wombat

A journey from Australia to Newcastle upon Tyne. 

There is a wombat in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

It was the first of its kind to leave Australia, setting sail 

(pickled in spirits) in August  1798.



Read all about it Animal Magic by Henry Nicolls http://www.theguardian.com/science/animal-magic

Saturday, 21 December 2013

British Library on Flickr



The British Library has made scans of historic illustrated material available on its Flickr pages. You can search the British Library Flickr collection. Searching for Thomas Bewick unearths illustrations of Robin Hood and images from The Fisher's Garland.

Each image is accompanied with a full citation such as shown here:

Title: "Robin Hood; a collection of all the ancient poems, songs, and ballads now extant relative to that ... outlaw. To which are prefixed historical anecdotes of his life. [Edited by J. Ritson. With wood engravings by Thomas Bewick.]"
Author: HOOD, Robin.
Contributor: BEWICK, John - Engraver
Shelfmark: "British Library HMNTS 992.k.16-17.", "British Library HMNTS 1078.h.1,2.", "British Library HMNTS 239.k.25,26.", "British Library HMNTS G.13039."
Page: 362
Place of Publishing: enk
Date of Publishing: 1795
Publisher: T. Egerton and J. Johnson
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 001726472

You can find the Biritsh Library photostream by clicking here.
You can read Jonathan Jones's musings on digitisation on the Guardian website here.