A Voyage Round His Father

Posted on by David Gelber

‘Never mind,’ said the canon-archivist as the 16th-century paper crumbled at the reader’s touch. ‘Plenty more where that came from.’ Peter Russell, sometime spy and longtime professor of Spanish at Oxford, used to tell the story of his exchange with the venerable custodian of the Chapter Library of Seville Cathedral

Bird Man

Posted on by David Gelber

Francis Willughby may well deserve to be celebrated in a book called The Wonderful Mr Willughby, but he did little in his lifetime to protect his future reputation: he died young, failed to provide for the preservation of his notebooks and supported a research companion whose fame came to overshadow his own. Before being rescued […]

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