The contest is now closed – congratulations to Sergio for his winning entry!
The £50 shop voucher for identifying all the authors depicted on the cover of our latest catalogue, Literature to 1900, has still not been claimed, so we’re offering an additional clue. There is one author who has stumped most of our entrants, so below is his biography:
The mystery author was the third of three sons, born in Nottinghamshire. He lived on his father’s estate until he was sent to Emmanuel College in Cambridge at the age of 14. His time there was truncated for want of funds, and he was afterwards apprenticed to an eminent surgeon in London. He remained there for four years, using his spare time to learn navigation and other areas of mathematics, skills which were to prove useful in later life. His father having raised the necessary funds, he was then educated at Leyden before taking up a medical career.
Contest rules: The first person to correctly identify all twelve authors featured on the cover and explain the odd one out will win a £50 shop credit. To enter, send your answers in an email with the subject line “Contest 83″ to our staff member Adam Douglas: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Contest not open to members of the book trade, and one entry per person, but those who entered before the clue was announced are welcome to re-enter.)
All the authors pictured are represented in the catalogue, which you can view online or download as a .pdf. For physical copies or to register for our mailing list please contact us.