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Our Masterpiece Is the Private Life: In Pursuit of the “Real” Chateaubriand

Wednesday 9 October 2019 at 02:00

While nowadays he might be best known for the cut of meat that bears his name, François-René de Chateaubriand was once one of the most famous men in France — a giant of the literary scene and idolised by such future greats as Alphonse de Lamartine and Victor Hugo. Alex Andriesse explores Chateaubriand's celebrity and the glimpse behind the public mask we are given in his epic autobiography Memoirs From Beyond the Grave.


First Paper to Link CO2 and Global Warming, by Eunice Foote (1856)

Thursday 3 October 2019 at 07:04

The first paper to link carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and earth heating.


Augustus Jansson’s Queen City Ink Adverts (1903–1907)

Tuesday 1 October 2019 at 07:05

Wonderful series of proto-Art Deco adverts for a Cincinnati-based ink company.


The Narrative of Henry Box Brown (1849)

Thursday 26 September 2019 at 07:06

Account of a Virginian slave's daring escape from his plantation in a box and subsequent life as a free man.


Photographs of Japanese Sword Guards (1916)

Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 07:07

Exquisite photographs of tsuba, or sword guards, from medieval and early modern Japan.


Greenland Unicorns and the Magical Alicorn

Thursday 19 September 2019 at 02:00

When the existence of unicorns, and the curative powers of the horns ascribed to them, began to be questioned, one Danish physician pushed back through curious means — by reframing the unicorn as an aquatic creature of the northern seas. Natalie Lawrence on a fascinating convergence of established folklore, nascent science, and pharmaceutical economy.


Buffon and de Sève’s Quadrupeds (1754)

Tuesday 17 September 2019 at 07:08

Colorful illustrations of four-legged creatures first included in Buffon’s pioneering eighteenth-century books on natural history.


Chester Harding’s My Egotistigraphy (1866)

Tuesday 10 September 2019 at 07:09

Privately published memoir of an American portraitist who grew up in a log cabin and went on to paint presidents, congressmen, philanthropists, and Daniel Boone.


John O. Westwood’s Facsimiles of Anglo-Saxon and Irish Manuscripts (1868)

Wednesday 4 September 2019 at 07:10

Impressive Victorian lithographs of Anglo-Saxon and early Irish illuminated manuscripts from the dark ages and early medieval period.


Woodblocks in Wonderland: The Japanese Fairy Tale Series

Tuesday 3 September 2019 at 02:00

From gift-bestowing sparrows and peach-born heroes to goblin spiders and dancing phantom cats — in a series of beautifully illustrated books, the majority printed on an unusual cloth-like crepe paper, the publisher Takejiro Hasegawa introduced Japanese folk tales to the West. Christopher DeCou on how a pioneering cross-cultural endeavour gave rise to a magnificent chapter in the history of children's publishing.