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The Unicorn Tapestries (1495–1505)

Tuesday 23 July 2019 at 07:16

The enigmatic story of the Unicorn Tapestries, whose multifarious medieval symbolism still beguiles.


Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Gold-Bug” (1843)

Thursday 18 July 2019 at 07:16

Poe’s story of a treasure hunt, revealing the fantastical writer’s hyper-rational penchant for cracking codes.


Edward Lear’s Nonsense Botany (1871–77)

Tuesday 16 July 2019 at 07:17

The Victorian artist and writer turns his peculiar brand of verbal and visual invention to the world of plant taxonomy.


The Myth of Blubber Town, an Arctic Metropolis

Wednesday 10 July 2019 at 02:00

Though the 17th-century whaling station of Smeerenburg was in reality, at its height, just a few dwellings and structures for processing blubber, over the decades and centuries a more extravagant picture took hold — that there once had stood, defying its far-flung Arctic location, a bustling urban centre complete with bakeries, churches, gambling dens, and brothels. Matthew H. Birkhold explores the legend.


Optics Illustrations from the Physics Textbooks of Amédée Guillemin (1868/1882)

Tuesday 9 July 2019 at 07:18

Illustrations from the 19th-century physics text books of Amédée Guillemin.


Fabre’s Book of Insects (1921)

Thursday 4 July 2019 at 07:19

Condensed and beautifully illustrated English version of the ten volume series on insects by Jean-Henri Fabre in which he brought out the beauty and drama in the lives of creatures that had hitherto been regarded with horror, if regarded at all.


The False Young Man (1937)

Tuesday 2 July 2019 at 07:20

Recording by the legendary musicologist Alan Lomax of Abner Boggs singing a heartrending rendition of this popular murder ballad.


H. G. Wells and the Uncertainties of Progress

Thursday 27 June 2019 at 02:00

In addition to the numerous pioneering works of science fiction by which he made his name, H. G. Wells also published a steady stream of non-fiction meditations, mainly focused on themes salient to his stories: the effects of technology, human folly, and the idea of progress. As Peter J. Bowler explores, for Wells the notion of a better future was riddled with complexities.


The Language of Flowers: An Alphabet of Floral Emblems (1857)

Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 07:21

Ever wondered what sentiments the various flowers express? The Victorians have you covered.


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.