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The Ducal Library is, of course, arranged by topic.


In this section, you can read about Faerie Lore and LiteratureThe Faerie Encyclopedia is sure to have answers to many of the reader's questions.  A wealth of information is also available in Myths and Legends .  The Tales of Twilight contain material on the Daoine Sidhe, with fancy and truth intertwined.   Realms of the Sidhe also concentrates on the extensive Irish lore about our Faerie neighbours.


It is unfortunate that much of this section is of unknown value, due to the inherently arcane nature of the topic.  We cannot vouch for the authenticity of many of these texts. One curious item is a firsthand account from a gentleman by the name of Michel Ardan, relating his visit at a little-known lodge, the Circle of Menippus.  This arcane lodge seems to specialise in all things Faerie - or perhaps in all things hostile to Faerie.  Another report we have, from Sir Nicholas Fortune, concerns the Sacred Order of the Valhalla Lodge , an Order that seems to have more female practioners than males.  Two more orders seem to be reserved to women: the Host of the Amazon Warrior's Shrine , warrior women devoted to Artemis, and the Theosophic Daughters of Lemuria , who cultivate psychic powers and telepathy, as well as investigate the mysteries of reincarnation.

An interesting volume critiques and discusses the Muchenbled text on witches in the last two centuries: Une étude sur le livre "La sorcière de Robert Muchembled" .  We also have an obscure (and controversial) Library of the Magickal.  One of our sources purports to be a direct heir of The Golden Dawn Tradition , but this is doubtful.

We also have a collection of texts that appear to originate from obscure, probably extinct lodges: Achromancy, the Builders of Adytum, Caduceus, The Hermetic Quarterly , the Hermetic Order Of The Morning Star (which claims parentage with the Illustrious Order of the Golden Dawn), the Fraternity of the Hidden Light ,  the  COLLEGE of THELEMA and TEMPLE of THELEMAO.T.O. - Amon-Ra Oasis , the Astarte Lodge, Berlin , etc.

A curiousity: the Crowley Oracle.

Sorcerous Engines

Perhaps one of the more interesting section of the Library, it contains fragments of original manuscripts by the man who first conceived Sorcerous Engines: Leonardo da Vinci.  We have a fragment of the Codex Arundel, annotated by our librarian; a great treasure, the entire Codex Madrid, on lone from the Royal Bayernese Archives, annotated in German; and our prized replica of  Leonardo's Controversial Adding Machine .  We also have sections of the Codex Leicester and replicas of some of the experiments it contains.

Thanks to our very own Babbage-Lovelace Virtual Realism Engine, you can also visit  IL MUSEO LEONARDIANO DI VINCI in Italy, and see da Vinci's creations for yourself.

Science and Technology

Babbage Difference EngineThis section contains a very complete set of original, illustrated texts on the topic of Steam: the  Steam Engine Library .  We also have a section on  The Steam Engine from a treatise on the History of Marine Engineering in Canada.  Several spectacular steam engines can be seen in our section on the Kew Bridge Steam Museum .

Of course, the reader interested in Science will want to keep up to date with the XIX Century Edition of the Scientific American.  Again, you can use our Virtual Realism Engine to visit the Musée des Arts & Métiers's section on scientific instruments .

The Babbage Difference Engines and the Babbage Analytical Engine are rapidly taking space in our library, as a wealth of valuable material is being published daily on the topic.  The Babbage Pages from the University of Exeter are a must, and constitute a library of their own.  The Charles Babbage Institute also offers some interesting material.  Both contain a quantity of information on the work done by Lady Ada Byron Lovelace as well.

George Boole's new "Boolean" algebra has been instrumental in raising the Babbage Engines to their current pinnacle.  Other mathematical geniuses influent in the field include the promising Georg Cantor, and the recently deceased Augustus De Morgan.

Enthusiasts of Babbage Engines will also wish to see our replica of Leonardo da Vinci's adding machine, in the Sorcerous Engines section.

Military History

This section, while very incomplete, contains a few items of general interest:  Osprey Military Books may have some material of use, for example, as well as the British Naval & Military Press .  Specific texts describe: The First Queensland (Moreton) Regiment in Australia; the  Brockville Infantry Company 1862 , Les Voltigeurs de Québec 1862 , and the  Midland Historical Volunteers in Canada; and the 93rd Sutherland Highland Regiment and the 92nd Gordon Highlanders Commemorative Unit from Scotland (although both texts are American). In addition, we have a slightly outdated but still useful volume on European Military Uniforms of the Early Nineteenth Century .

We also have some reference texts on Orders of Chivalry & Knighthood ,  and  Heraldic privileges pertaining to orders of knighthood.  From our Antique Orders Index covering the Known World, you might particularly want to explore the chapters covering  Austria, Bavaria, France, Great Britain , Italy, and Prussia.

History of Nobility

Only a few basic texts are available in this section.  They include one on Europes Royal Families , one on The European Nobility , and the Almanach de la Cour .

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