Friday, April 10, 2009

More Regency Reads ~ Non-Fiction this time

There are many non-fiction books about the 'Regency', the Prince Regent, and the Regency World. These titles also appear on my website, but I thought they were worth repeating here. Some good starting points for general history of the period and some original accounts are found in:

Years of Victory 1802-1812 by Arthur Bryant London, Collins, 1945 hc

The Age of Elegance 1812-1822 by Arthur Bryant London, Collins, 1950 hc

The Rise and Fall of a Regency Dandy: The Life and Times of Scrope Berdmore Davies by T.A.J. Burnett ISBN 0-19-285124-1 pbk Oxford University Press

A Residence at the Court of London by Richard Rush ISBN 0-7126-1780-9 pbk Century Hutchinson

Voices from the World of Jane Austen by Malcolm Day ISBN 0-7153-2379-2 hc David & Charles Limited

Captain Gronow: His Reminiscences of Regency and Victorian Life 1810-60 ed. by Christopher Hibbert ISBN 1-85626-013-5 hc Kyle Cathie Limited 1991, many other editions available

Regency Etiquette: The Mirror of Graces (1811) or The English Lady's Costume by a Lady of Distinction ISBN 0-914-46-24-1 pbk R. L. Shep Publications 1997

The Miseries of Human Life by James Beresford originally published 1806, many editions

Our Village by Mary Russell Mitford originally published 1821, many editions

Diary of a Country Parson by James Woodforde many editions

For views of the Regency world by artists of the period, try:

Britain Portrayed: A Regency Album 1780-1830 by John Barr ISBN 0-7123-0174-7, hc, 1989, The British Library

Regency England: The Great Age of the Colour Print by Reay Tannahill, The Folio Society Limited, 1964 hc.

Mrs. Hurst Dancing and Other Scenes from Regency Life 1812-1823 by Gordon Mingay with original watercolours by Diana Sperling. ISBN 0-575-03035-6 hc London, Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1981

Things are a little crazy around here right--and unfortunately there is precious little writing going on. But in a couple of weeks things will settle I hope. I'll be back to work on the 2010 novel and blogging here about Regency gardens, Regency artists, and some costume specifics like shawls.

Till next time,


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