|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.
|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
Another Woman 1924 Based on the short story "Just Mary" by
Pearl Doles Bell IMDB
Elephant Man (1920)
|Robert C. Benchley (1889 - 1945)|
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
|Arnold Bennett (1867 - 1931)|
|Elsie and the Child and Other Stories 1924|
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
|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
|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
online eText Edition: http://www.americanliterature.com/DD/DDINDX.HTML
Alternate eText Gutenberg Source: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=972
Bierce Quotes from Burroughs' Thoughts on Science and Religion II: ERBzine 1434a
An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge
Can Such Things Be?
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.
|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.
G&D Reprint in red & First Edition in gold & later Pocket Book
|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
|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,
|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
|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
|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
 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
, 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
|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.
|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
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 (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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