Why This Room is Special
The Restored Books
Which books did Georgiana, Lady Willoughby de Broke actually read? We decided that the restored imitation books should celebrate the women authors whose works were really in Victorian Compton Verney. The new titles have all been chosen from the house’s library catalogue which was compiled in 1856. It is no surprise that fiction starts to feature more heavily—it was during the nineteenth century that the novel became the dominant literary form. We can also see the emergence of the middle-class woman writer, as reading and writing became more accessible and democratic activities.
However, the new spines are more than symbols of literary history. Crafted with traditional techniques by Warwickshire bookbinder John Richards, they also remind us that books can be works of art. For the full list of restored books click here