William Wordsworth

While most museums aim to attract visitors by filling their rooms with the authentic possessions and works of their literary owners, staff at Dove Cottage & the Wordsworth Museum – the former home of William and Dorothy Wordsworth in the UK’s Lake District – are hoping to pull in the crowds by displaying it entirely empty.
 
The museum

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One of the first printed atlases, Cosmographia, showing a

A wonderful selection of books on offer at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ monthly Bibliophile sale includes works by the great Romantic writers William Wordsworth and Lord Byron, as well as a small but perfectly formed section of books on flora. The sale will be held on Thursday 10th April in their Godalming saleroom.

A small selection of botanical works includes some rare and

A previously unpublished self-portrait by John Lennon is among lots in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sale of Important Books and Manuscripts, Thursday 28th November.

The drawing is one of two sketched for the book Grapefruit, written by Yoko Ono and published in the UK by Peter Owen. The second is a portrait of Ono in ink on paper and they will be sold together with the

One of the very few representations of Dorothy Wordsworth as a young woman is to be sold at Bonhams sale of Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs in London on 12 November. It is estimated at £5,000-10,000.

The unsigned and unattributed miniature was given by Dorothy’s niece Dora to Maria Jewsbury who, at the age of 24, had presented a