Ibid's Bookstore

Welcome! We are just moving in, but feel free to peruse our fine London establishment.

(Note: this is created for roleplay in Panhistoria and is for a story set in the 18th century).

About Ibid's Bookstore


About Ibid's Bookstore

Welcome to our nice, glass-fronted bookshop with bowfront windows and plenty of candles so you can see the books we have. Mr. Ibid founded this shop.

Our bookstore is nicely located near fashionable areas of London. We are near parks and Parliament. As we are in the West End of London, we are near the famous Sir Joseph Banks' house/ salon/ museum in Soho Square. We are also near the British Museum, which opened in January 1759. (It used to be Bloomsbury's Montagu house). We think the British Museum will continue to grow.

A selection of our books will also be available at the nearby South Farthing Coffee House, owned by Messrs. Baggins and Baggins.

Our staff includes me, Aelfwynn Suffield, my husband, and Miss Bracegirdle, the granddaughter of Anne Bracegirdle, the actress who retired in 1707.

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Bibles, Prayer Books and Psalters


Are you looking for a child or a journeyman? These are nice and cheap.

Tom Thumb

Jack and the Beanstalk

Guy of Warwick

Pleasant Conceits of Old Hobson the Merry Londoner

The Nine Worthies of London - This has tales of livery-company role models.


Encyclopaedia Britannica, published in 1773. 'Tis so popular they are working on a second edition, which promises to be a more complete version, in more than three volumes.

Foreign Affairs

Books on current rulers:

(You'll agree we have a wider variety than most).



We have Handel's Messiah.

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Natural Philosophy (Science)

We are proud of our scientific section and have many books on current topics like electricity, steam engines, vacuums, gravity, inertia, and acceleration. We have books debating the structure of atoms. Plus books about Sir Isaac Newton and his discoveries. You won't find a bookstore with more.

The Miner's Friend, by Thomas Savery, from 1702. - he describes a steam engine.


Astronomy and Mathematics

We have John Flamsteed's catalog of 3000 stars.

We have books about the work of former Astronomer Royals John Flamsteed and Edmond Halley. We also have books about William and Caroline Herschel (we predict he will find more planetary bodies).

We have books that chart the skies. We also have books the discuss sun spots, the velocity of light, the influence of gravity on light, the shape of the universe, and the shape and nature of the Milky Way. We also have books on the "nodding" of the Earth's axis, and even one book on the possibility of other galaxies.

We have classics by Sir Isaac Newton:


We have books on the current debate about phlogiston. Is it in flammable bodies or not? Joseph Priestly seems to think so, but others do not. We have books on both sides of the issue.

Elementia Chemiae by Hermann Boerhaaves. Do not worry, ours is the translation from the Dutch, published in 1741. We have this influential 1732 work where Boerhaaves agrees with Aristotle's basic elements.

New! A book on Joseph Priestley's 1774 discovery of "dephlogisticated air" [oxygen].

Earth Sciences: Botany, Geology, and Zoology

Captain Cook's voyage has electrified the country. Now everyone wants to collect and classify animals and plants. Most people are interested in books on how to maintain animal populations, and how animals reproduce and interact with the environment. We have one book on odd animal remains - are they from before the Flood? Are they different from living animals? Is that possible? Find out.

Physico-Theology, by William Derham, from 1713. He feels animal reproduction rates are balanced by their life span, predation, and natural hazards.

We also have books on the controversy over mountain formation. We have books both from "Neptunists" and "Plutonists."


We have books on Joseph Priestley's work on attraction and repulsion of electrical charges, including:

History and Present State of Electricity, by Joseph Priestley, from 1767.

We also have books on Benjamin Franklin's 1749 discovery of the relationship between electricity and lightning.

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The middle class love novels. While many feel they corrupt morals, we have some of the better ones. We do a lot of trade in novels and plays, but if you object to such frivolous reading, we have a nice selection of historical and scientific books.

On Display

Pamela, by Samuel Richardson, from 1740. - This is everyone's favorite. It is epistolary, meaning it is written as a series of letters. In it, a chaste lady's maid wins the hand of her squire employer.

Shamela, by Henry Fielding - This is a parody of Pamela.

First Shelf: Novels

Camilla, by Frances Burney - This one is also educational - about etiquette and courtship.

Evelina, by Frances Burney - This one is educational - about etiquette and courtship.

History of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding, from 1749. - This comic novel pretends to be history.

Humphrey Clinker, by Tobras Smollett.

A Journal of the Plague Year, by Daniel Defoe - This also pretends to be history.

The Man of Feeling, by Henry Mackenzie, from 1771. - This book fuels the trend towards expressing and feeling strong feelings.

Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe - This is like an autobiography.

Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe- This is like an autobiography.

Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne, from 1759.

Second Shelf: Gothic Novels

Castle Of Otranto, by Horace Walpole, from 1764. - This is the novel that really began this new genre.

The Italian, by Ann Radcliffe - some feel she mastered the genre.

The Mysteries of Udolph, by Ann Radcliffe - some feel she mastered the genre.

Only on request:

The Monk, by Matthew Lewis - It's a little lurid.

Plays and the Theater

The Beggar's Opera, by John Gay, from 1728.

New! The Rivals, by Richard Sheridan, from 1775.

She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith, from 1773.

Plus books about David Garrick's Shakespeare Festivals at Stratford-upon-Avon, starting in 1769.

We also have books on the actress Sarah Siddons, thought to be the greatest current actress.

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Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, by Phillis Wheatley, from 1773.


Travel and Exploration

We have books covering everywhere Captain Cook went, including Otahiti [Tahiti], New Holland [Australia], amd Batavia [Jakarta]. We also have books on New Holland and how it does not "balance" the northern masses.


Daily Life in 18th Century England

Allison, Robert, J. (Ed.). (1998). American Eras: The Revolutionary Era: 1754-1783. Gale: Detroit.

(Created March 22, 2008).

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