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'Seeing' Pears' Annual 1897. Copyright © The British Library Board Newspapers in The British Library The British Library's newspaper collections are founded on two special collections: The Thomason Collection of Civil War Tracts , which consist of Civil War and other 17th-century newsbooks and newspapers, which were presented to the British Museum in 1762; The Burney Collection of Newspapers, bought by the Museum in 1818, which consists of 700 bound volumes of newspapers dating from 1603 to 1817, collected by the Revd Dr Charles Burney (1757-1817). The Thomason Tracts collection, and the pre-1801 papers from the Burney Collection, are housed in the main British Library in St Pancras, though the Newspaper Library has most of the titles in the Burney Collection on microfilm as an Early English Newspapers set.
France was at the forefront of the "Scramble for Africa" and accounts of the exploration and colonisation by France can be found in the Library's collections. The first French flag raised at Loango, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) Congo français. Loango.
On the abolition of slavery in the early 19th century, owners of plantations in the British and French colonies of the Caribbean began to search for a new supply of labour. They found it in India. Workers were recruited, mainly from the Bengal and Madras areas, to work on the plantations for fixed periods.
The copyright fees displayed on the Current Serials Received file were updated on a quarterly basis and therefore indicative only. The actual fee charged is the one displayed on our catalogue at the time the copy is made. To help reduce the margin of error and reduce the time taken to keep the file as up-to-date as possible Current Serials Received has been removed. You can search the full list of more than 250, 000 serial titles in the BL collection, including titles that are no longer published or that we no longer subscribe to via Explore the British Library .
To help you with your research we have over 800 electronic databases . (Our database lists include useful websites and journal collection search interfaces, where you can search for articles across a range of journal titles.) NB : Most databases are Library subscribed and, owing to licensing reasons, are only available from British Library workstations within the Library's Reading Rooms and Business & IP Centre. Remote Eresources is a pilot service, providing access to three historical Readex newspaper collections.
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The main focus of the catalogues is on the countries of South Asia, although there are also considerable holdings relevant to other parts of Asia and the Middle East. You can: • search the Prints & drawings or Photographs collections separately. • search for visual material in any medium by selecting All images . • read about the scope and history of the two collections. For details of how to use the system, see our search tips . The catalogues for the India Office Private Papers that were searchable on this site are now available on the Search our Catalogues: Archive and Manuscripts service.
Use this website to search and view information and images from one of the world's most comprehensive collections of photographically illustrated books and texts in many languages relating to the history and development of photography, from 1839 to 1914. You can • read about the scope and history of the project; • perform a simple search ; • look for information on a particular book or photograph; • carry out an advanced search for specific combinations of types of information; • view a random selection of photographic images in the photo gallery ; • browse a detailed glossary of terms . For details of how to use the system, see the search tips . If you have any comments or questions, please contact us . For information on the British Library's Jerwood Photography Project and a selection of images from the Library's photograph collections, go to the Online Gallery - historic photographs pages.
The photograph catalogues provide a detailed searchable database for locating photographs, photographically-illustrated books and texts relating to photography held in all departments of the British Library. Please note that the catalogue is a work in progress and represents the results of a three-year project generously funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation . The catalogue is updated on an ongoing basis and new material will regularly become available online. For an overview and selection of images from the British Library’s photograph collections, please visit the Historic Photographs feature .
Our colleague Dr Barry Taylor reports: Although the British Library has important collections of books from colonial Latin America, including the earliest extant book printed in the Americas, Zumárraga’s Dotrina breve de las cosas que pertenecen a la fe catholica (Mexico, 1543/44, BL shelfmark C.37.e.8), such books are now all too often prohibitively expensive for us to acquire. The recent acquisition of two seventeenth-century Mexican imprints is therefore particularly noteworthy. Esteban García, El máximo limosnero, mayor padre de pobres, grande arçobispo de Valencia, provincial de la Andaluzia, Castilla, y Nueva-España, de la orden de san Augustin, S.
Head of American Collections Unlike most of the other collections in the Online Gallery, 'Caribbean Views' is not drawn from a single British Library collection. However, scattered throughout the Library's incomparable collections of maps, manuscripts, printed books and newspapers, there is a wealth of material relating to the British West Indies. 'Caribbean Views' brings together over a hundred of these items to conjure up a vivid picture of life in the English-speaking Caribbean during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Read the full curator's introduction
Ernest Hemingway relaxing in Cuba in the 1940s, sans Martha. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/JFK Library, Boston. I wonder whether Ernest Hemingway, as he chewed his meal of moose after marriage to Martha Gellhorn in November 1940, hadn’t quite understood his new wife's taste for war. He may also not have fully understood how his third wife's taste for combat probably far surpassed her taste for him. Such a thought might have made the wedding moose all the chewier. Both Ernest and Martha had been war correspondents during the Spanish Civil War from 1937-39.
Our colleague Dr Barry Taylor reports: Although the British Library has important collections of books from colonial Latin America, including the earliest extant book printed in the Americas, Zumárraga’s Dotrina breve de las cosas que pertenecen a la fe catholica (Mexico, 1543/44, BL shelfmark C.37.e.8), such books are now all too often prohibitively expensive for us to acquire. The recent acquisition of two seventeenth-century Mexican imprints is therefore particularly noteworthy. Esteban García, El máximo limosnero, mayor padre de pobres, grande arçobispo de Valencia, provincial de la Andaluzia, Castilla, y Nueva-España, de la orden de san Augustin, S. Thomas de Villanueva… (México: por la viuda de Bernardo Calderón, 1657). , 95 leaves.