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Charles Babbage’s Observations on Street Nuisances (1864)

Thursday 1 October 2020 at 11:39

A chapter from Charles Babbage’s The Life of a Philosopher railing against noise pollution in 19th-century London.


Kaspar Hauser’s Art (1828–1833)

Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 07:31

Artwork by the famous foundling Kaspar Hauser, ranging from pen-and-ink self-portraits to watercolour studies of fruit and flowers.


William Elliot Griffis’ Korean Fairy Tales (1922)

Tuesday 22 September 2020 at 07:21

Vivid retellings of Korean folktales by an American scholar and Protestant minister, including several stories about the sprite Tokgabi.


“More Lively Counterfaits”: Experimental Imaging at the Birth of Modern Science

Thursday 17 September 2020 at 08:51

From infographics to digital renders, today's scientists have ready access to a wide array of techniques to help visually communicate their research. It wasn't always so. Gregorio Astengo explores the innovations employed in early issues of the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions, the world's first scientific journal — new forms of image making which pushed the boundaries of 17th-century book printing.


Joseph-Balthazar Sylvestre’s Alphabet Album (1843)

Wednesday 16 September 2020 at 08:44

Alphabets from across the ages, drawn and collected by the French paleographer Joseph-Balthazar Sylvestre.


Der Naturen Bloeme: The Flower of Nature (ca. 1350)

Thursday 10 September 2020 at 09:07

Early Dutch illuminated manuscript containing imaginative images of both real and fantastic creatures.


Food Pasts, Food Futures: The Culinary History of COVID-19

Wednesday 9 September 2020 at 09:30

A criti-fictional course-syllabus from the year 2070 — a bibliographical meteor from the other side of a “Remote Revolution”.


Nonsenseorship (1922)

Tuesday 8 September 2020 at 09:05

A lighthearted but serious-minded anthology of American writings against censorship written during the Prohibition era in America, including pieces by Dorothy Park, Ben Hecht, and Ruth Hale.


“I Am My Own Heroine”: How Marie Bashkirtseff Rewrote the Route to Fame

Wednesday 2 September 2020 at 14:01

The diary of Marie Bashkirtseff, published after her death from tuberculosis aged just 25, won the aspiring painter the fame she so longed for but failed to achieve while alive. Sonia Wilson explores the importance of the journal — one of the earliest bids by a woman to secure celebrity through curation of “personal brand” — and the shape it gave to female ambition in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Of Chickens, Eggs, and Cannonballs: Roger Fenton’s Valley of the Shadow of Death (1855)

Tuesday 1 September 2020 at 06:01

Controversial early photograph of a battle site during the Crimean War, taken by the British artist Roger Fenton.