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Collected From 1875 Through 1950
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Sir Charles Bell  (1870 – 1945)
English-Tibet Colloquial Dictionary ~ 1920
Tibet, Past & Present ~ 1924
The People of Tibet ~ 1929 ~ ILLUSTRATIONS
The Religion of Tibet ~ 1931
Manual of Colloquial Tibetan

(L) The 13th Dalai Lama and Sir Charles Bell seated with the Maharaj Kumar Sidkeong Trulku of Sikkim standing in between, Calcutta, India
(R)  Sir Charles Bell with some of the guests at his Ache Lhamo performance in Lhasa. From left to right seated: Dorje Techi, Duke of Changlochen, Minister Tsarong (Shappe), Sir Charles Bell, Minister Ngapho (Shappe), Priest Minister Parkhang (Monk Shappe), Duke of Phunkhang, Kennedy. (Photographer: Sir Charles Bell)

Sir Charles Bell was a career diplomat in the service of the British Raj, the personification of the grandeur of an empire that spanned the world. The Great Thirteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet was the spiritual and temporal leader of a remote and isolated theocracy in the heart of the Himalayas. Sir Charles represented the power and limitless potential of the new century. The Dalai Lama was the literal embodiment of an ancient lineage, an incarnation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, the ruler of one of the most inaccessible and forbidding places on earth. That the two men should find so much in common and develop a bond of deep and lasting friendship is a wonder that does credit to them both. Sir Charles' biography of the Dalai Lama, Portrait of a Dalai Lama: The Life and Times of the Great Thirteenth is the story of that friendship. 

Sir Charles Bell gives us a unique insight into the personality of the man behind the ritual and pageantry of his high office. He shows us a man of profound intelligence and sensitivity, a man of wit and humour, a man quick to anger, a man of compassion. This man, who ruled with absolute authority and was revered as a living god, gave Sir Charles Bell his friendship; and, through his eyes, we see a man of warmth and charm, who loved his dogs and his garden. This is a moving book one should feel very privileged to read. 

Sir Charles Alfred Bell K.C.I.E. (1870 – 1945), born in Calcutta, was a British-Indian tibetologist. He was educated at Winchester College. After joining the Indian Civil Service, he was appointed Political Officer in Sikkim in 1908. He soon became very influential in Sikkimese and Bhutanese politics, and in 1910 he met the 13th Dalai Lama, who was forced into temporary exile by the Chinese. He got to know the Dalai Lama quite well during this time, and he was later to write his biography (Portrait of the Dalai Lama, published in 1946). At various times he was the British Political Officer for Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet.

After travelling through Tibet and visiting Lhasa in 1920, he retired to Oxford, where he wrote his series of books on the history, culture and religion of Tibet. Some of his photographs that he took whilst in Tibet can be found in the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. Some of these can be found in a recently published book Tibet: Caught in Time (containing photographs by Charles Bell and John Claude White; Reading: Garnet, 1997).

His English-Tibetan colloquial dictionary was first published together with a grammar of colloquial Tibetan as Manual of Colloquial Tibetan in 1905. Charles Alfred Bell died in Canada in 1945.

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Pearl Doles Bell  1885 - 11 March 1968 New York
Sandra With Illustrations from the Photoplay:  1924 A. L. Burt Co. 328 pages ~ photo frntsp.& 3 photo plates IMDB

His Harvest 1915 ~ John Lane Co.  319 pages
Her Elephant Man: 192? a atory of the sawdust ring John Bale, Sons & Danielsson, 297 pages

Film Adaptations:
Sandra  (1924) IMDB
Torn between her dual personalities of a home-loving wife and a romance-seeking adventuress, Sandra Waring succumbs to the latter influence and makes a bargain with Stephen Winslow to help her husband, David, who faces financial ruin. This arrangement leads Sandra to a glamorous life in European capitals; a sojourn on the Riviera with François Molyneaux, who proves to be a crooked gambler using her as bait; and an affair with banker Henri La Flamme, who is arrested for embezzlement. Disillusionment follows disillusionment, and finally a contrite Sandra returns home believing David to be in love with Mait Stanley and resolved to end her own life. Wandering into a church, she is found by David's friend, the Reverend Hapgood, and is reunited with her forgiving husband.

For Another Woman  1924 Based on the short story "Just Mary" by Pearl Doles Bell   IMDB
Upon his death, the estate of Richard Winthrop, the mafitre of a French Canadian village, is inherited by his American nephew, Stephen Winthrop, who continues to live a wild life in New York and neglects the responsibilities of his new position. Unknown to Stephen, Frank Garson, the family attorney, bans all hunting on the Winthrop lands, depriving the villagers of their livelihood. Mary Cartier, the goddaughter of the blind village priest, comes to New York and informs Stephen of Garson's actions. Stephen returns with her and lifts the ban, deciding to stay in Canada. Linked romantically with Stephen in village gossip, Mary again comes to New York to try to help Garson's abandoned and ailing wife, Felice, but to no avail. Felice dies, and Mary returns to Canada with Felice's newborn baby. The villagers suppose her to be a fallen woman, and an angry mob forms to drive her from the village. She is saved from this ugly expulsion when she explains the parentage of the baby. Garson is exposed as a cad and a schemer, and Mary and Stephen declare their love for each other.

Her Elephant Man  (1920)
After discovering that his bride has married him only for his money, Philip Dorset journeys to Africa in hopes of putting the past behind him. In the jungle, he teams up with a party of American circus men on an elephant hunt. Their expeditions take them to a native village where they discover Joan, an orphaned white girl whose missionary father has recently died. The group, now enhanced by Dorset's addition as the elephant trainer, takes the waif back to America with them. Years pass and Joan becomes an accomplished bareback rider in the circus, while her affection for Dorset deepens into love. Recalling his earlier unhappy experience, Dorset tries to discourage the girl, and upon failing decides to leave the circus. Soon after his departure, he discovers that his wife has divorced him and rushes back to Joan. That night, a terrific storm strikes the circus tent and out of the cataclysm the lovers are reunited.

Love's Harvest  (1920)
 Upon her stepfather's death, the custody of Jane Day is willed to his wealthy young nephew, Jim Atherton. When Jim, accompanied by his fiancée, visits his ward, Jane becomes so upset at their intrusion that she runs away to the city with her dog, Buddie. There she is befriended by theatrical producer Allen Hamilton who, upon discovering Jane's natural musical ability, offers to send her to Paris to study. In Paris, Jane again meets Jim and the two fall in love. Meanwhile, Hamilton discovers his love for the waif, and Jane, feeling gratitude towards her mentor, is torn between the two men until Hamilton, realizing that Jane's heart belongs to Jim, withdraws his suit.
Writer - filmography

Wing Toy (1921)
Love's Harvest (1920) (novel His Harvest)
Her Elephant Man (1920) (novel Her Elephant Man)

 Robert C. Benchley (1889 - 1945)
My Ten Years in a Quandary
Love Conquers All 1922
A collection of inimitable comic essays by a whimsical master of American humor
My Ten Years in a Quandary ~ 60  humorous pieces ~ 265 pages 
Humorist Robert Benchley was born in Worcester, Mass. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University, where he was editor of the Lampoon. As a writer he became famous for his inspired nonsense. His short pieces in newspaper columns and magazines like The New Yorker, on which he was drama critic from 1929-1940, were collected in book form. He first appeared on the professional stage in 1923, doing a monologue entitled The Treasurer's Report and Other Aspects of Community Singing, which was an instant hit. In 1929 he began to be seen in movie shorts and revues. His specialty was the portrayal of a confused and ordinary little man who laughed at his own misfortunes. One of his films called How to Sleep won an award for the best movie short of 1936. After 1937 he was a popular master of ceremonies on radio broadcasts. Some of his humorous works are Of All Things (1921); Love Conquers All (1922); The Early Worm (1927); From Bed to Worse; or, Comforting Thoughts About the Bison (1934); My Ten Years in a Quandary And How They Grew (1936); Inside Benchley (1942); One Minute, Please (1945). Beginning in 1932, Benchley began writing for feature films as well, making his debut with The Sport Parade, in which he also co-starred as a broadcaster. He continued to play any number of comedic supporting roles in the years to come, typically cast as a bumbling yet lovable sophisticate, a cocktail glass always firmly in hand. In 1940, he appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Foreign Correspondent; he also contributed dialogue to the script. Robert Benchley died on November 21, 1945, at the peak of his fame. Benchley's son, Nathanial, was a well-regarded novelist and children's books author while his grandson, Peter, later became a well-known novelist in his own right, authoring the book that inspired the film Jaws.
Arnold Bennett (1867 - 1931)
Elsie and the Child and Other Stories 1924
ROYAL DOULTON FIGURE - ARNOLD BENNETT ~ Staffordshire ChinaArnold Bennett was an English novelist, playwright, and essayist, born in Hanley (27th May 1867), Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (Hanley was the real-life model for one of the "Five Towns" of his novels). Bennett was educated at the University of London and for a time was editor of Woman magazine. After 1900 he devoted himself entirely to writing; dramatic criticism was one of his foremost interests. Bennett is best known, however, for his novels, several of which were written during his residence in France.  Bennett's infancy was spent in genteel poverty, which gave way to prosperity as his father succeeded as a solicitor. From this provincial background he became a novelist.His enduring fame is as a Chronicler of the Potteries towns, the setting and inspiration of some of his most famous and enduring literary work and the place where he grew up. Many of the locations in Clayhanger and other Bennett novels based in "The five towns" correspond to actual locations in and around the Potteries district of Staffordshire.
Victor Berge and Henry Wysham Lanier
Pearl Diver: Adventuring Over and Under Southern Seas ~ 1930 ~ Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Co.
A True Story of Thrilling Adventure Under the Sea.

Danger Is My Life
Emma Bertini
English Italian Comp Idioms ~ 1907 ~ Florence, Italy: R. Paggi
Italian Companion and Interpreter for the English Student and Tourist ~ 1925 ~ Firenze, Felice le Monnier ~ 143 pages
Italian Verbs Simplified ~ 1924

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Ambrose Bierce  (1842-1914?)
Devil's Dictionary - 1906 World Pub (1943)
Preface to The Devil's Dictionary
The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881, and was continued in a desultory way at long intervals until 1906. In that year a large part of it was published in covers with the title The Cynic's Word Book, a name which the author had not the power to reject or happiness to approve. To quote the publishers of the present work: This more reverent title had previously been forced upon him by the religious scruples of the last newspaper in which a part of the work had appeared, with the natural consequence that when it came out in covers the country already had been flooded by its imitators with a score of 'cynic' books -- The Cynic's This, The Cynic's That, and The Cynic's t'Other. Most of these books were merely stupid, though some of them added the distinction of silliness. Among them, they brought the word 'cynic' into disfavor so deep that any book bearing it was discredited in advance of publication. Meantime, too, some of the enterprising humorists of the country had helped themselves to such parts of the work as served their needs, and many of its definitions, anecdotes, phrases and so forth, had become more or less current in popular speech. This explanation is made, not with any pride of priority in trifles, but in simple denial of possible charges of plagiarism, which is no trifle. In merely resuming his own the author hopes to be held guiltless by those to whom the work is addressed -- enlightened souls who prefer dry wines to sweet, sense to sentiment, wit to humor and clean English to slang. A conspicuous, and it is hope not unpleasant, feature of the book is its abundant illustrative quotations from eminent poets, chief of whom is that learned and ingenius cleric, Father Gassalasca Jape, S.J., whose lines bear his initials. To Father Jape's kindly encouragement and assistance the author of the prose text is greatly indebted. ~ Ambrose Bierce
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Bierce Quotes from Burroughs' Thoughts on Science and Religion II: ERBzine 1434a
An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge
Can Such Things Be?
Fantastic Fables
The Fiend's Delight
The Parenticide Club
Present at a Hanging, and Other Ghost Stories (part 2 of the 1909 "Can Such Things Be?" volume)
A Son of the Gods, and A Horseman in the Sky
Many Short Stories
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) was the author of supernatural stories that have secured his place in both the weird tradition and in American letters at large. The stories in his two primary volumes, Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (a.k.a., In the Midst of Life, 1892) and Can Such Things Be? (1893) often added a Western setting to Gothic fiction -- and, more importantly, developed the psychological aspects of horror first recognized by Poe.  He is also noted for his tales of the Civil War, which drew on his own experience as a Union cartographer and officer. His first job in journalism was as editor for the San Francisco News-Letter and California Advertiser (1868-72), writing the entries of the "Town Crier" which constituted the first real newspaper column. Perhaps we can say that his true love was satire in any form -- whether ghost story or fable, newspaper column or lyrical lambaste, fantasy or pseudo-lexicography. In time, Bierce established himself a kind of literary dictator of the West Coast and was so respected and feared as a critic that his judgement could "make or break" an aspiring author's reputation. Well-known by his mere initials, A.G.B., his enemies and detractors called him "Almighty God Bierce." He was also nicknamed "Bitter Bierce" and his nihilistic motto was "Nothing matters." Apart from a few well-anthologized ghost stories (notably, "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge"), Bierce is best remembered for his cynical but humorous Devil's Dictionary (see Publishing News, below). In 1913, at the age of seventy-one, Bierce disappeared into revolution-torn Mexico to fight alongside the bandit Pancho Villa. Although a popular theory is that Bierce argued with Villa over military strategy and was subsequently shot, he probably perished in the battle of Ojinaga on January 11, 1914.
Master of the Macabre
The Ambrose Bierce Site
Earl Derr Biggers 1884-1933
The Chinese Parrot
Author Earl Biggers' skill at weaving a memorably tangled plot for Detective Charlie Chan to unravel gets a bravura demonstration in THE CHINESE PARROT. It's 1926, and Honolulu Grande dame Sally Jordan is in San Francisco to arrange the sale of her fabled pearl necklace -- all that remains of one of the Island's premier fortunes. What should be a routine transaction swiftly escalates into a mad tangle of deception, chicanery, and murder which Chan has to unravel. In the process it becomes entertaingly entwined with the doings of a movie company filming on location. Chan is one of detective fiction's most charming, witty and subtle characters. THE CHINESE PARROT preserves another fascinating slice of American life as it used to be. 
From the Bob Zeuschner Collection
G&D Reprint in red  &  First Edition in gold & later Pocket Book
Chang Apana
Earl Derr Biggers was born in Warren, Ohio on August 24, 1884. Years later, while attending Harvard University, Biggers showed little passion for the classics, preferring instead writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Richard Harding Davis. Following his graduation from Harvard in 1907, he worked briefly for the 'Cleveland Plain Dealer' and at Bobbs-Merrill publishers. By 1908, Biggers was hired at the 'Boston Traveler' to write a daily humor column.  Soon, however, he became that paper's drama critic. It was at this time that he met Elanor Ladd, who would later become his wife and who would have a marked influence in his writing. Biggers' blunt drama reviews offended many, and when the 'Boston Traveler' was purchased by new owners his days at the publication were numbered, and by 1912, he was fired. This apparent setback afforded Biggers the opportunity to write his first novel, "Seven Keys to Baldpate" which was published by Bobbs-Merrill in 1913. The book was very well received, resulting in his gaining a national recognition as a writer. The inevitable financial rewards of his success allowed he and Elanor to marry. George M. Cohan bought the dramatic rights to the book and produced a Broadway play that enjoyed a lengthy run. The popularity of Biggers' first novel was to continue through five different film versions spanning thirty years. His next books, "Love Insurance" (1914) and "The Agony Column" (1916) continued his success as a novelist. "Love Insurance" led to another popular play, "See-Saw." It was during this time that Biggers became increasingly involved with stage productions. However, the workload demanded of a successful playwright began to drain the author physically. In need of an escape to a more temperate climate Biggers and Elanor visited Hawaii in 1919 for sun and relaxation. It was while on vacation in Honolulu that the seeds were planted in the mind of Earl Derr Biggers for a new kind of hero. A Honolulu newspaper article about Chinese detectives Chang Apana and Lee Fook would later inspire Biggers to pen the adventures of a character that was very unique to American mystery readers in the 1920s: a Chinese detective. The idea of a Chinese character that would be portrayed in a very positive light was a major departure from the prevailing attitude of the time. Biggers later stated, "I had seen movies depicting and read stories about Chinatown and wicked Chinese villains, and it struck me that a Chinese hero, trustworthy, benevolent, and philosophical, would come nearer to presenting a correct portrayal of the race."  On January 24, 1925, 'The Saturday Evening Post' carried the first installment of "The House Without a Key," a story that was soon published by Bobbs-Merrill as a hard cover novel. In this book, detective Charlie Chan of the Honolulu Police Department works to solve a murder committed at a beach house in Honolulu. In this novel, John Quincy Winterslip, a young Bostonian (recalling, no doubt, Biggers' earlier years in that city) provides the romantic interest for the daughter of a prime suspect, as well as investigative assistance to Mr. Chan. The enthusiastic public reception of Charlie Chan led Biggers to move with his wife to  Pasadena, California to enjoy the warm climate and to write the next Charlie Chan story, "The Chinese Parrot." The eager reception of this novel by the public prompted 'The Saturday Evening Post' to pay Biggers $25,000 for a serialized version of his third Charlie Chan story, "Behind That Curtain." The first two stories had been made into silent movies, and in 1929, Fox Film Corporation paid the writer a handsome sum for the rights to the third Chan novel. Biggers became fearful that the immense popularity of the Chinese detective would make it virtually impossible for him to write any other types of stories. In 1929, as Biggers was contemplating a non-Chan novel, the stock market crashed. The uncertainties of the economy dictated that he go with a proven product. The result was "The Black Camel," his fourth Charlie Chan story. After the publication of this book, Biggers returned to Honolulu where he met Chang Apana, presenting him with an autographed copy. In 1930, Bobs-Merrill released Biggers' fifth Chan novel, "Charlie Chan Carries On." As they had with "Behind That Curtain," Fox bought the rights to this story as well. Unlike the previous movie, this film would prominently feature the Chinese detective, casting Warner Oland in the role. The film, released in 1931, was an immediate success, prompting Fox to purchase the rights to "The Black Camel" which opened only four  months later, continuing the on-screen success of Charlie Chan. "The Keeper of the Keys" (1932), the sixth Charlie Chan story, would be Biggers' final novel. Oddly, although this story was to make it to the stage, it would not be made into a movie. The play opened on October 18, 1933, closing early the next month. While the rather short run of this stage version of Biggers' book may have been a reason that Fox did not buy the rights, Biggers did see the studio make "Charlie Chan's Chance" (1932), which was loosely based on "Behind That Curtain." Earl Derr Biggers died of a heart attack on April 5, 1933. Warner Oland, who,  interestingly, had never met Biggers, expressed his sincere regret at the passing of the  writer who brought Charlie Chan to life. Biggers' six Charlie Chan novels have continued  to hold their own amongst mystery lore for several generations, and the exploits Earl Derr  Biggers' famous Chinese detective will doubtless continue to grip the imaginations of mystery movie enthusiasts for many years to come.
George A. Birmingham  1865-1950
Spanish Gold ~ 1908 ~Methuen/The Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1928 ~ featuring Rev J. J. Meldon and Major Kent, in an adventure on the Aran Islands ultimately centred on wise Aran islander Thomas O’Flaherty Pat
Notes: Characters: Joseph John Meldon; Major Kent; Thomas O’Flaherty Pat; Mrs. O’Flaherty; Mary Kate; Higginbotham; Sir Giles Buckley; Chief Sec. Willoughby; A farcical tale of a treasure hunt on an Aran island - Inishgowlan - in which Meldon, the sporting Anglican curate, is pitched against the beastly Sir Giles Buckley, and supported by Major Kent, whose estate stands at risk to Buckley, with bit-parts by a cast of islanders and the government official, an earnest philanthropic Mr. Higginbotham, and a puzzled but sympathetic and admiring Chief Secretary for Ireland (arriving in a boat called Granuaile). Meldon’s eclectic knowledge and verbal wit occupies the foreground at all times. He is rewarded for his audacity by a Church living in a Yorkshire mining town, in the gift of a friend of the Chief Sec. Irish questions – the Land League, mainly – are dealt with comically, but not entirely flippantly; topography, Moy Bay, Ballymoy, ‘rich, like most West of Ireland towns, in public houses and ecclesiastical buildings [...] and nothing else. The Poll-na-Phuca. TOPICS: Church of Ireland; Land War; Aran Islands; Style; Colony; Law; Dublin Castle . . . 
Lalage’s Lovers  ~ 1911 ~ Hodder & Stoughton
Lalage’s Lovers
George A. Birmingham 1865-1950 [pseud. of Rev. James Owen Hannay]; b. 16 July, Belfast, Church of Ireland clergyman’s son; ed. Haileybury and TCD, ordained 1889 [var. 1888]; rector of Holy Trinity Church, Westport, Co. Mayo, 1892-1913 [offic. 1916]; Donnellan Lecturer, TCD, 1901-02; active in Gaelic League, he withdrew from executive to avoid a split among amongst the nationalist Catholic membership arising from animosity of PP from Tuam, 1906.
Biography Continued
Dorothy Black (b. 1896) 
Romance The Loveliest Thing ~ 1925  
Dorothy Black was a British writer of over 100 romance novels and several short stories from 1916 to 1974. She wrote her auto-biography "The foot of the rainbow" in 1960. Dorothy Black was vice-president of the Romantic Novelists' Association
Henry Blackburn
Artists and Arabs or, Sketching in Sunshine 1874 . Boston: James R. Osgood and Co. ~ Numerous illustrations
Normandy Picturesque 1873 ~ With numerous Illustrations including "A Toiler of the Sea". LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, SON, & MARSTON, CROWN BUILDINGS, FLEET STREET. 1870.
Jacob Blanck  1906-1974
Peter Parley to Penrod: A Bibliographical Description of the Best-loved American Juvenile Books ~ ©1938 ~ 153 pages ~ Pre-1926 childrens books

Bibliography of American Literature Set ~ Nine volumes, the complete set ~ thousands of pages ~  A necessary reference set for any student of American literature.
Harry Castlemon, Boys' Own Author, Appreciation and Bibliography  ~ 1941 ~ NY: R.R. Bowker Co.

Bibliography of American Literature Set

Jacob Nathaniel Blanck was born 10 November 1906, in Boston, the son of Selig (a tailor) and Mildred Rosenberg (Friedman) Blanck. He attended Boston public schools and received his L.H.D. from Brown University [1969] and P.B.K. from Harvard University in 1970. He was a Rare book editor of Publishers Weekly and Antiquarian Bookman [1936-52], a bibliographer of Americana at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. [1939-41], a consultant on bibliography at Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis [1942], and editor of the Bibliography of American Literature [1943-74]. A member of the American Antiquarian Society, Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (honorary), Massachusetts Historical Society, Club of Odd Volumes (Boston). Blanck died on 23 December 1974, in Boston, MA. 
Jacob Blanck Papers: University of Connecticut
Thomas George Bonney  1833-1923
Story of our Planet ~ 1897/1922 ~ Illustrations and Maps 

Cambridgeshire Geology (1875) 
The Story of our Planet (1893) 
Charles Lyell and Modern Geology (1895) 
Ice Work, Past and Present (1896) 
Volcanoes (1899)
The Structure of The Earth
The Work of Rain and Rivers ~ 1928 ~ Cambridge University Press
Cathedrals And Abbeys Of England & Wales
Present Relations of Science and Religion

Thomas George Bonney (July 27 1833-1923) was an English geologist. The eldest son of the Reverend Thomas Bonney, master of the grammar school at Rugeley in Staffordshire, Bonney was born in Rugeley. Educated at Uppingham and St John's College, Cambridge, he graduated as 12th wrangler in 1856, and was ordained in the following year. From 1856 to 1861 he was mathematical master at Westminster School, and he pursued geology only as a recreational activity, mainly in Alpine regions. In 1868 he was appointed tutor at St John's College and lecturer in geology. His attention was specially directed to the study of the igneous and metamorphic rocks in Alpine regions and in various parts of England (eg: the Lizard in Cornwall, at Salcombe and in the Charnwood Forest), Wales and the Scottish Highlands. In 1877 he was chosen professor of geology in University College London. He became secretary and later president of the Geological Society (1884-1886), secretary of the British Association (1881-1885), president of the Mineralogical Society and of the Alpine Club. In 1887, Bonney was appointed honorary canon of Manchester. In addition to many papers published in the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society and Geological Magazine, he wrote several popular works on Alpine Regions, on English and Welsh scenery, as well as on theological subjects. 

Autograph Correspondence Card Signed ‘T.G.Bonney’, discussing Greek compounds.

Funeral in The Times, Thursday, Dec 13, 1923
Wikipedia Entry

Waldemar Bonsels  1880 - 1952
The Adventures of Maya the Bee (and the great adventure)1912 (in German Die Biene Maja und Ire Abenteuer)

The small bee Maja,flies in the sunshine from meadow to meadow and becomes acquainted with all kinds of insects.  Once it gets caught in the net of the spider Thekla, later into the catches of the Hornets!

The stories revolve around a little bee named Maya and her friends Willy the bee, Flip the grasshopper, Mrs. Cassandra (Maya's teacher), and many other insects. The book depicts Maya's development from an adventurous youngster to a responsible adult member of bee society

The original book from 1912 was a fable with a political message, analogously to Jean de La Fontaine's or Ivan Krylov's work. In many ways, the fable lauds German nationalism. Maya represents the ideal citizen, and the beehive represents a well-organized militarist society. It has also elements of nationalism, racism and militarism. Maya gets angry in two instances. First, a grasshopper fails to distinguish between bees and wasps. Maya's vicious verbal attack includes calling the wasps "a useless gang of bandits" 

Recent Adaptations (TV, Films, Games, etc.): A jazz puppet musical based on the beloved German children's book of the same name Maya is the story of a feisty and rebellious little bee who leaves her hive in search of adventure. In her explorations of the big wide insect world, she encounters much more than she bargained for. This story of heroism and discovery told through the beauty of song and puppetry resonates with young and old alike

First Flight
The House of the Rose
The Lake
Effie and Bobbie
The Acrobat
In the Toils
The Bug and the Butterfly
The Lost Leg
The Wonders of the Night
With the Sprite
Lois, Ladybird and Poet
The Fortress
The Sentinel
The Warning
The Battle
The Queen’s Friend
An Indian Journey ~ 1928 ~ Account of the German author's travels in Germany (autobiography or autobiographical novel?). Illustrated by Harry Brown 273 pages

Waldemar Bonsels
Waldemar Bonsels (21 February 1880 in Ahrensburg – 31 July 1952 in Ambach) was a German writer of children's books.

Waldemar Bonsels wrote only one children's book in the strict sense, Die Biene Maja (Maya the Bee). "People in the sky" (Himmelsvolk) is not a proper children's book but has a much deeper mystical layer showing the unity of all creation and its relationship to God. There are a number of novels and shorter stories dealing with love as Eros and on the higher level of divine love in the spirit of romanticism (Eros und die Evangelien, Menschenwege, Narren und Helden, etc.), with the relationship between man and nature in a simple life unchanged by modern civilization (Anjekind, etc.) and also including a historical novel from the time of Jesus (Der Grieche Dositos). He travelled extensively in Europe and Asia. Voyage in India (Indienfahrt) is the fruit of one of these travels.

His famous work Die Biene Maja (Maya the Bee) also served the basis for a Croatian opera for children written by Bruno Bjelinski, making Bonsels work known to even a great audience. The Opera was recently staged in Villach, Austria at the Carinthian Summer Music Festival.
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BOOK TITLE WITH NO AUTHOR: Soldiers of Fortune (possibly Richard Harding Davis ~ see entry in D shelf)



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