Gott Chelsea Fever?

With the excitement of Chelsea Flower Show this week we thought it timely to give you a glimpse of the fabulous Gott collection housed in the Special Collections at Leeds Central Library. The Gott bequest is a collection of 600 early English gardening books and periodicals including works published in the 16th, 17th and 18th…

Making a Mark – Leeds Libraries Style

In 2010 a certain Internet search engine estimated the number of books in the world to be around 129,864,880. I’m guessing in the years since that figure has grown somewhat. So how do we show which ones belong to Leeds Libraries? Well we brand them. Today it’s a pretty bland process, our name, phone number…

Pickle Pidgeon Anyone

Today we delve back into the Central Library Stacks to bring you a recipe taken from English Housewifry Exemplified by Elizabeth Moxon, 1764. The first page of the book tells us that the following are available. In above four hundred and fifty receipts, Giving directions in most parts of cookery; And how to prepare various…

Beautiful Bindings – A Record of the Black Prince

Welcome to our new feature series ‘Beautiful Bindings’ where we dig out treasures from the library stacks to show you just how elaborate the art of book binding has been throughout the years. Today’s item is A Record of the Black Prince by Noel Henry Humphreys, 1849. The intricate book cover has been created using…