Miscellany collection from 19th century to be found in Harpenden charity shop
PUBLISHED: 11:42 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:43 04 September 2018
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A trivia collection which was first published in 1864 was among the unusual finds at charity shops in Harpenden.
Chambers Book of Days was written by Scottish author Robert Chambers, and contains short, factual pieces and engraved drawings.
The book was originally published in two large volumes, each over 840 pages long, and lists each day in chronological order with the saints connected to that day, as well as famous people who were born and died that day. There are also six or seven articles per day, making around 2,000 articles in total.
A hefty hardback volume of the book, with colourful illustrations, is on sale at the Oxfam Bookshop in Harding Parade. The book has the subheadings ‘a miscellany’ and ‘popular antiquities’.
Robert Chambers died in 1871, and the age of 68, and it is believed that the extensive research associated with writing the book contributed to his early death.
The Harpenden Oxfam Bookshop also contains another vintage book: Burke’s Landed Gentry, which was published in 1833 and lists the families in Great Britain and Ireland who have owned rural estates.