John Wilson has been a collector since a young boy, starting with stamps, coins and trade cards. He later came across illuminated addresses and was so struck by their beauty and artwork that he decided to acquire some. Over the last thirty years, he has built up the collection in this book and widened his interests into calligraphy, manuscripts and art, including creating his own art works.
A truly beautiful and stimulating book that can be devoured in one heady go or dipped into and adored. Meet and wonder over illuminated addresses, books, scrolls or certificates in celebration of events. Covering a hundred years, sitting mainly in Victorian times, each is its own masterpiece, the designs so colourful and intricate, they shine from the page. On display are 50 letters with a particular theme, from royalty, to civic duty, to clubs and societies. John P Wilson explains that the recipient could be wealthy or famous, or an ordinary person who had provided special service. He states these letters: “provide an opportunity to obtain an insight into someone’s life and achievements, and allow a brief historical opening into social history”. Each letter sits with an explanation, but the focus here is the beauty of the letter. In our current times, the art of the letter is all but forgotten, and these treasures appear to be almost jewell-like in their wonder and intensity. I have quite fallen in love with this book, it really speaks to me. Beauty in Letters is a wonderful insight into the past, and a stunning display of true creativity and artwork.
First published in 1962, The Faith of an Artist presents assembled personal statements of more than twenty men of creative genius in the present generation- poets, painters, architects and dramatists, novelists, and composers. These are all men of acknowledged eminence in their field: Graham Greene and Picasso, Cocteau, Vaughan Williams, and Le Corbusier speak directly to us of their lives, their artistic endeavours, and their personal creeds. From their statement the reader may not only gain insight into the inspiration which has fired them and the struggles which they have faced, but also be made aware of the personal and social beliefs of men whose creative desires have forced them to think out of their position in relation to society. Their criticism- often radical- is highly relevant not only to the artistic media in which they have accomplished so much, but to the society in which we all live. This book is an essential read for students of literature and Art.
First published in 1962, Public Schools and Private Practice discusses various facets of public schools in Britain from a factual point of view. John Wilson brings crucial themes like public appearance and private life; the public-school community; discipline, religion, and morality; domestic conditions and financing of public schools; political status of public schooling; educational assessment; and future of public schools, to understand questions like what is it like to be a boy or a master at public schools? Do public schools develop a boy's character more successfully than other schools? Or should the public schools be thrown more widely open to the public? This book is an interesting historical document for scholars and researchers of British education and education in general.
First published in 1977, Philosophy and Practical Education attempts to relate philosophy with education. It deals with themes like school, discipline, authority, curriculum, subjects, autonomy etc. to 1) discuss topics which are necessarily of direct practical concern to teachers and educators; 2) to showcase that an increase in our conceptual clarity suggests, fairly unambiguously, certain kinds of practical action; and as 3) they have not been properly dealt with in existing philosophical literature. This book is an essential read for educators, teachers, and curriculum developers.
The Routledge Companion to Business History is a definitive work of reference, and authoritative, international source on business history. Compiled by leading scholars in the field, it offers both researchers and students an introduction and overview of current scholarship in this expanding discipline. Drawing on a wealth of international contributions, this volume expands the field and explores how business history interacts theoretically and methodologically with other fields. It charts the origins and development of business history and its global reach from Latin America and Africa, to North America and Europe. With this multi-perspective approach, it illustrates the unique contribution of business history and its relationship with a range of other disciplines, from finance and banking to gender issues in corporations. The Routledge Companion to Business History is a vital source of reference for students and researchers in the fields of business history, corporate governance and business ethics. This collection is an excellent starting point for understanding the field and finding areas where business history, management theory, and social science can intersect. Canadian Business History Newsletter, January 2019
A Sermon Preached in St. Peter's Church, Cobourg, on the Evening of Sunday, 9th February, 1879, After the Funeral of the Right Rev. A. N. Bethune, D.D., D.C.L., Late Lord Bishop of Toronto [microform] by John Wilson
A Treatise On English Punctuation. With An Appendix, Containing Rules On The Use Of Capitals, A List Of Abbreviations, Hints On The Preparation Of Copy And On Proof-Reading, Specimen Proof-Sheet, Etc by John Wilson
First published in 1988. This book provides a lucid and exceptionally well-informed account at the controversial relationship between politics and leisure. The author combines historical and sociological material to show the ways in which 'leisure' has often been a fiercely disputed battleground. Free time and free space have always posed a threat to political authorities, while providing room for experimentation and expression for the citizenry. This has led to extensive attempts at leisure regulation; John Wilson examines the purposes and effectiveness of such regulation in the fields of games sexuality, the mass media, and gambling. He is able to draw on evidence of leisure planning and policy from a wide variety of political regimes, from communist and socialist through social democrat to liberal, conservative, and fascist. The importance of the relationship between political forces and leisure, in subjects as disparate as the future of the Olympic games and the future of full employment, has rarely been so evident. John Wilson has provided an excellent guide to its intricacies.
Before the outbreak of the Troubles, a typical firefighter's year might have included call-outs to chimney fires, the occasional house fire or road accident, and - even more rarely - a large factory or hay shed fire. While a firefighting career was always inherently exciting and risky, for most firefighters moments of high drama were anything but a daily occurrence. Then everything changed, and Northern Ireland's firefighters spent almost every day of the next thirty years racing to the scenes of atrocities, running towards the gravest danger. In this powerful book, men and women who served in the fire service during the Troubles tell their own stories in their own words - the events that have never left them, the victims they have never forgotten, the extraordinary bond between colleagues, the emotional burden and fallout from the job. The stories cover a uniquely challenging period for firefighters - full of exhilaration, fear, bravery and sorrow. What comes across is a universal desire to honour the uniform, to be brave when the need for courage is acute, and to be determined to cover your mate's back - no matter what.
The concept of 'normality' or mental health is a difficult one to define, but educators and social psychologists must have a clear definition of it in order to proceed with practical work. In this stimulating and informative book, originally published in 1968, Mr Wilson discusses the idea of mental health, both as a general concept and specifically as it affects the teacher as educator. He deals with the problems of learning and the 'difficult' child, not confining his suggestions within the boundaries of curricular teaching but exploring the wider aspect of moral education.