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Solid Objects: 16th-Century Geometric and Perspective Drawings

Thursday 8 July 2021 at 20:13

These complex geometrical figures and perspective drawings are preserved in a little-known manuscript at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel


John Uri Lloyd’s *Etidorhpa* (1895)

Wednesday 7 July 2021 at 20:34

Sci-fi novel of psychonautical learning long before Albert Hofmann discovered LSD.


Reading Like a Roman: *Vergilius Vaticanus* and the Puzzle of Ancient Book Culture

Wednesday 30 June 2021 at 12:29

How did Virgil’s words survive into the present? And how were they once read, during his own life and the succeeding centuries? Alex Tadel explores Graeco-Roman reading culture through one of its best-preserved and most lavishly-illustrated artefacts.


Flowers of Fire: Illustrations from Japanese Fireworks Catalogues (ca. 1880s)

Tuesday 29 June 2021 at 14:47

The illustrations from catalogues for Hirayama Fireworks and Yokoi Fireworks, published by C. T. Brock and Company, the oldest fireworks manufacturer in the United Kingdom.


Seeking Enlightenment: Denis Diderot’s *Letter on the Blind* (1749)

Thursday 24 June 2021 at 09:03

During the Enlightenment, when Diderot wrote his letter, blindness had become a topic of intense philosophical debate.


Lewis Carroll’s Illustrations for “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” (1864)

Tuesday 22 June 2021 at 16:07

In this early version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, we find illustrations drawn by the author Reverend Charles Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll.


Still Farther South: Poe and *Pym*’s Suggestive Symmetries

Wednesday 16 June 2021 at 09:03

In 1838, as the United States began its Exploring Expedition to the South Seas, Edgar Allan Poe published a novel that masqueraded as a travelogue. John Tresch guides us along this strange trip southward, following the pull of its unfathomable mysteries.


The Masks of the Zuni (1904)

Wednesday 16 June 2021 at 09:03

The masks gathered here come from a report by Matilda Coxe Stevenson, one of the most dedicated ethnographers of Zuni at the turn of the 20th century.


Joseph George Strutt's *Sylva Britannica* (1822/1830)

Thursday 10 June 2021 at 12:04

An impressive compendium of British trees in etchings and words.


The Launch of Our Mid-Year Fundraiser!

Wednesday 9 June 2021 at 13:15

Our Mid-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Play.