London Library rediscovers Cycling as a Cause of Heart Disease (The Guardian)
The London Library, home to over a million books and beloved of writers published and not, last year celebrated its 175th birthday. As part of its celebrations, it is publishing a few of the more idiosyncratic titles on its shelves.
“Directly you are in motion you will feel quite helpless, and experience a sensation of being run away with, and it will seem as if the machine were trying to throw you off,” wrote Charles Spencer in 1877, in his practical guide to cycling on the “modern” bicycle. The 19th-century handbook is just one of a series of texts the London Library has dug out from its 17 miles of shelving, as part of celebrations to mark the venerable subscription library’s 175th anniversary.