Destination Special Collections : Minature Books

Thomas Boreman authored about a dozen children’s books in his lifetime, each with the intent of sparking their curiosities in the world around them. Many of his books focus on landmarks in London, such as this first edition copy of The Gigantick History volume 2, published in 1740, which tells the history of Guildhall, a historic building in London.

Curiosities in the Tower of London, published in 1741, is another of Boreman’s attempts to pique the interest of young readers. In it, he describes many exotic animals housed in the Tower of London. This illustration of a porcupine is a wonderful example of the somewhat odd yet charming, depictions of these exotic animals.

Find the Gigantick History and Curiosities in the Tower of London in the UNT Library Catalog.