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Through the First Antarctic Night (1900)

Friday 21 June 2019 at 07:22

Journal of one of the first to spend winter on Antarctica, including more than 2 months of total darkness.


The Beast of Gévaudan (1764–1767)

Wednesday 19 June 2019 at 07:26

Illustrations of a mysterious and terrifying animal that terrorised a small region of France in the 1760s.


Lustucru: From Severed Heads to Ready-Made Meals

Thursday 13 June 2019 at 02:00

Jé Wilson charts the migration of the Lustucru figure through the French cultural imagination — from misogynistic blacksmith bent on curbing female empowerment, to child-stealing bogeyman, to jolly purveyor of packaged pasta.


X is for...

Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 16:46

How alphabet books dealt with the letter X before the rise of x-rays and xylophones.


John Martin's Illustrations of Paradise Lost (1827)

Thursday 6 June 2019 at 17:38

John Martin's epic mezzotint illustrations for John Milton's classic tale of falling from paradise.


Agnes Catlow’s Drops of Water (1851)

Tuesday 4 June 2019 at 17:05

From the golden age of the microscope, a book on the animalcules that infuse stagnant water, undetectable to the naked eye.


Bob's Electrical Theatre (1906)

Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 17:46

Very early animation in which puppets get up to various routines, including wrestling, fencing, and what appears to be a short bout of bum smacking.


Walt Whitman in Russia: Three Love Affairs

Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 02:00

Walt Whitman’s influence on the creative output of 20th-century Russia — particularly in the years surrounding the 1917 Revolution — was enormous. For the 200th anniversary of Whitman's birth, Nina Murray looks at the translators through which Russians experienced his work, not only in a literary sense — through the efforts of Konstantin Balmont and Kornei Chukovsky — but also artistic, in the avant-garde printmaking of Vera Ermolaeva.


Jan van Kessel's Signature of Caterpillars and Snakes (1657)

Tuesday 28 May 2019 at 17:58

One of history's most idiosyncratic artist signatures, composed entirely of writhing creatures.


My Diary in a Chinese Farm (1894)

Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 19:05

Feminist and novelist Alicia Little's intimate and unique insight into rural Chinese life at the end of the nineteenth century.