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Audubon’s Haiti

Wednesday 6 March 2019 at 09:54

An entrepreneur, hunter, woodsman, scientist, and artist — John James Audubon, famous for his epic The Birds of America, is a figure intimately associated with a certain idea of what it means to be American. And like many of the country's icons, he was also an immigrant. Christoph Irmscher reflects on Audubon's complex relationship to his Haitian roots.


Philippine Folk Tales (1916)

Wednesday 6 March 2019 at 07:47

Huge variety of stories presented, sourced from both the more traditional tribes, including the headhunters of the rugged mountain regions, and from those "Christianized natives" whose stories bear evidence of their European influence.


Hans Prinzhorn's Artistry of the Mentally Ill (1922)

Wednesday 27 February 2019 at 16:08

Artworks from Prinzhorn's landmark text in the history of thinking about mental illness and creativity.


Medieval Pattern Poems of Rabanus Maurus (9th Century)

Tuesday 26 February 2019 at 18:10

Spectacular and complex pattern poems from Maurus' De laudibus sanctae crucis (In Praise of the Holy Cross)


Progress in Play: Board Games and the Meaning of History

Wednesday 20 February 2019 at 16:22

Players moving pieces along a track to be first to reach a goal was the archetypal board game format of the 18th and 19th century. Alex Andriesse looks at one popular incarnation in which these pieces progress chronologically through history itself, usually with some not-so-subtle ideological, moral, or national ideal as the object of the game.


Shakespeare Songs from Victor Records

Wednesday 20 February 2019 at 10:45

Songs from Shakespeare plays as recorded by Victor in the first two decades of the twentieth century.


Mazes and Labyrinths (1922)

Tuesday 19 February 2019 at 16:04

William H. Matthews’ vast and richly illustrated encyclopaedic portrait of these mysterious phenomena across time and space.


The Art of Book Covers (1820–1914)

Tuesday 12 February 2019 at 18:05

Selection of book covers produced during the bookbinding revolution of the 19th century and beyond.


Filling in the Blanks: A Prehistory of the Adult Coloring Craze

Wednesday 6 February 2019 at 16:31

Its dizzy heights may have passed, but the fad for adult coloring books is far from over. Many trace the origins of such publications to a wave of satirical colouring books published in the 1960s, but as Melissa N. Morris and Zach Carmichael explore, the existence of such books, and the urge to colour the printed image, goes back centuries.


Alice's Adventures in Shorthand (1919)

Tuesday 5 February 2019 at 18:17

Unique edition of Lewis Carroll's classic, published in Gregg shorthand.