The Book of Nouns This tiny book bears more cultural, historical and intellectual weight than you might expect from its compact appearance.Ross, Librarian-Manager for the Local and Family History department, introduced the The Book of Nouns and has this to say: It measures only 6cm by 4.5cm and is about 1cm thick.Riley, from Bradford, based his story of the young artist and photographer, Grace Holden, on the area around Guiseley.Phil is a familiar figure in the local history community, where he gives regular talks on the Central Library’s Treasures collections; in particular, a Cistercian Missal that most likely belonged to the library at Kirkstall Abbey.Broadsides were a form of street literature, printed on one side only, and produced in large numbers on the early printing presses, and sold for as little as one old penny.They contained accounts of events, news, proclamations and songs or rhymes, and were sold in the streets and at fairs and other gatherings.
Its tiny pages alternate between short lists of things (‘a Mace, a Nest, Oaks, a Pink, a Quill, a Rake’) and beautiful engravings – not always of the same items.So, for instance, you’ll find a turkey, a jackal, a well, a rook and an archer among the 64 images inside.Very occasionally, there’s also a brief fact, such as ‘The otter lives on fish, roots & plants’ but, for the most part, it’s up to you to guess why each item was included.So here is what I did: : Decide how you want the tables set up. I put 10-15 books on each table to represent that genre. I also set up a Power Point with the directions for the minutes. As they came in, they noticed the signs and books, and I could already tell they were picking their genres, even though I hadn't said a word about what we were doing. The romance section was particularly popular, even with the boys, so I added some "non-pink" romances to that table for the boys.I just told them to sit anywhere and that we would be moving soon enough. I am excited to add a fun twist for when I do this lesson again.The special aspect of this collection is that they are all original prints from Leeds printing firms, such as Barr, Andrews, and Buchan, and some also have notes in Kidson’s own hand.He was about as much of a Leeds man as it possible to be, having been born in Centenary Street, just prior to the building of Leeds Municipal Buildings and Library, and on the site of what is now Victoria Gardens.Circus Playbill Just one from our large collection of Leeds theatre playbills and programmes, this particular selection, selected by Helen from our Local and Family History department, advertises the appearance in Leeds of a man made (even more) famous by The Beatles: Pablo Fanque.The story of Pablo’s time in Leeds is told in several previous blog posts.So, for those of you who were unable to make it, here is a brief run-through of the items we had out on show during the two sessions: Oliver Twiss Rhian, our Collections Manager, spoke about this fascinating 1830s edition of Dickens’ , an edition with, as it were, “a twist”: this copy is, in fact, a pirated, plagiarised and parodic version of that well-known text, adapted by one Thomas Peckett Prest for a working-class audience hungry for cultural forms suited to their tastes. The Political Sway Pole This political cartoon from the 1880 Parliamentary Election was introduced by Antony from our Local and Family History department.Depicting the five candidates for the Leeds seat, the cartoon forms part of a wider collection of over 200-similar images.