BRLSI Publications

The BRLSI is currently closed.  Normally, all publications are available from the BRLSI Reception Desk at 16 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN.
























Bath's Extraordinary Women - Paperback £5

A Guide to the Women who have Lived in or Visited the City of Bath


This Guide brings over 100 women from the shadows of Bath's history.

























BRLSI Revealed - Paperback £5

Its Times, Its People, Its Possessions


A short history of the Institution: its emergence, ups-and-downs, and survival.



The Journal of Edmund Rack - Paperback £10

An Enlightenment Gentleman’s Observations of Georgian Bath


A lively account of life in the heyday of Georgian Bath by a remarkable man, with fascinating insights into the intellectual and cultural climate of the city during the Enlightenment. Fully illustrated with pictures conveying the spirit of the time.


















The Remarkable Miss Breton - Booklet £5

The Portrait of an Extraordinary Woman from Bath and her Adventures


Artist, archaeologist, and traveller, Adela Breton (1849-1923) made beautiful and detailed paintings of the ancient temple murals in the Yucatán Peninsula, thus preserving an invaluable record for the future. She bequeathed her archaeological objects to the BRLSI collections and her artworks to Bristol Museum, Art Gallery and Archives, and to the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath




Adelard of Bath, The First English Scientist - Hardback £17 ; Paperback £13

The Extraordinary Achievements of a 12th Century Scholar


Adelard of Bath was a twelfth-century scholar and the first English scientist, known for his important translations of scientific treatises from the Arabic and for his own innovative scientific work. This reprint of the rare 1994 book by Louise Cochrane is supplemented with recent studies on Adelard’s innovations and scientific work.




Saving the Dodo - Booklet £5

Two brothers who saved the BRLSI and two famous Oxford museums


How two brothers shaped the future of the BRLSI at a pivotal time in the nineteenth century, and transformed an antiquated museum of curiosities into the forerunner of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum using the latest scientific ideas of classification as developed by Linnaeus and Cuvier.




Leonard Jenyns, Darwin’s Lifelong Friend - Hardback £16

A Victorian Naturalist and his World


The story of the Victorian naturalist Leonard Jenyns, whose life was closely entwined with that of his lifelong friend, Charles Darwin. Jenyns worked on Darwin’s fish specimens when he returned from the Beagle voyage. With original sketches, and correspondence from the leading naturalists of the day, including Darwin, Hooker, Henslow, Sedgwick and Yarrell.





Mr Pinch’s Well - Booklet £3

How a Brewer stopped Bath's hot water by accident


Mr Pinch the brewer hit the geological strata that supply hot water to the famous Roman Baths in 1835, when extending the depth of his well. The ensuing investigation revealed the true source of this hot water, which until then was thought to come from immediately beneath the Baths.




Bath and the Nile Explorers - Booklet £5

The Nile Duel - Burton and Speke’s encounter in Bath, September 1864, and their ‘Nile Duel’...which never happened


A glimpse into Victorian exploration, empire and the advancement of science – when explorers Burton, Speke and Livingstone and the President of the Royal Geographical Society, Sir Roderick Murchison, met in September 1864 for the British Association meeting in Bath.




Innovation and Discovery - Bath and the Rise of Science - Paperback £12


This book, with William Smith’s famous map on the cover and a foreword by Sir Patrick Moore, is described in the ‘Notes and Records of The Royal Society’ as “Richly illustrated and referenced, with a full gazetteer of Bath’s scientists and their local residences, landmarks and connections, it offers an intersection of local and scientific histories …” and brings to light the contribution of Bath “… to the formations of science itself.”




Shadows and Light: Bath in Camera 1849-1861 - Paperback £7

Early Rare Photographs by Rev Francis Lockey


This beautifully illustrated book has the earliest paper negatives of Bath and the surrounding areas by the pioneering photographer Reverend Lockey, who lived in Swainswick Cottage.




Adventures of a Merchant Banker - Booklet £3

Early Photographs of China


Little known photographs from the BRLSI archives, taken by the tea merchant and opium trader William Herbert Vacher (c1826–1899). They offer intriguing insights into a country which had yet to open itself to western eyes, and evoke a time of Empire and trade wars, when opium was at the centre of intense international negotiation and British naval activity.




Darwin 2009 Paperback £5

Volume 13.2 of the BRLSI Proceedings


A collection of the wide-ranging and innovative talks given in the year-long ‘Darwin and Beyond’ programme of 2009. 



Free eBooks are available here -

Follow this link for a copy of: Bath and the Nile Explorers

Follow this link for a copy of: The Remarkable Miss Breton