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With more than one million books and periodicals in over 50 languages, the collection includes works from the 16th century to the latest publications in print and electronic form.

 

Eagle eyed viewers of the first episode of BBC 4’s new series “How to be a Bohemian” would have spotted an array of London Library books in their distinctive bindings and labels making guest appearances throughout the programme. The Library’s collections helped describe and illustrate the story at pivotal moments as it explored how bohemian subculture took root in Britain. Featured books included Arthur Ransome’s Bohemia in London (1907) and the hugely influential and risqué avant-garde periodical The Yellow Book (1894-1897), illustrated by London Library member Aubrey Beardsley.

 

"INVALUABLE - IT HAS PLAYED A CENTRAL PART IN MY STUDIES"

Peter Ackroyd

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