Victorian Book of the Month: Introducing the Victoria R.I. Bibliography

The HBLL has recently launched the Victoria R.I. Bibliography database, which lists the original bibliographic descriptions for the core of BYU’s Victorian Collection — over 4,000 books, manuscripts and ephemera purchased in 1969 from San Francisco book dealer David Magee. The entries, along with Magee’s descriptive text, can be found at http://lib.byu.edu/collections/victoria-ri-bibliography/about/ or by going to the Collections page from the library homepage and selecting the tag “International” in the subject categories.

IMG_1302To highlight the Victoria R.I. Bibliography, November’s Victorian Book of the Month is item number 1 in the bibliography: Gilbert Abbott à Beckett’s The Comic History of England, published in parts in 1846-47. À Beckett was a humorist and playwright. The illustrations are by John Leech, who is probably most familiar to today’s readers as the original illustrator for Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Both à Beckett and Leech were prolific contributors to the popular Victorian humor magazine Punch. Pictured below is Leech’s depiction of Oliver Cromwell and his army dissolving the Long Parliament in 1648.

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