We are pleased to announce a new ebook edition of Victorian Curiosities by Jeremy Nicholas.
Based on Don Lemon’s 1890 Everybody’s Scrapbook of Curious Facts, this collection of stray Victoriana is the perfect book for odd moments. Its charm lies in its total unpredictability and in the sense of disbelief and wonderment it generates in the modern reader.
No sooner have you discovered the advantages of ‘Greasing Soldiers’ Feet’ than you are confronted with ‘Executions Everywhere’ — the methods employed, country by country, of dispatching criminals. Next, you might stumble across ‘Newspaper Names in the Far West’, ‘Language of the Parasol’, ‘The Flapping of a Fly’s Wing’ or advice on ‘When to Pare the Finger Nails’ — subjects which rise to a bewildering height of triviality. Who could fail to be entranced by such life-enhancing serendipity?
Lemon’s original entries are complemented by a selection of contemporary illustrations.
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