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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.


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.