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Top 10 Most Read Pieces of 2020

Monday 28 December 2020 at 13:02

Rundown of our Top 10 most read pieces of the year.


The Revolutionary Colossus

Thursday 10 December 2020 at 11:46

As the French Revolution entered its most radical years, there emerged in print a recurring figure, the collective power of the people expressed as a single gigantic body — a king-eating Colossus. Samantha Wesner traces the lineage of this nouveau Hercules, from Erasmus Darwin’s Bastille-breaking giant to a latter incarnation in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.


Don Quixote in the 20th Century (ca. 1905)

Wednesday 9 December 2020 at 06:43

Colorful chromolithograph postcards depicting Don Quixote in twentieth-century scenes.


Ikom Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria (1913)

Tuesday 8 December 2020 at 06:43

Mushroom babies, heroic tortoises, death, burial, power struggles: folk tales from southern Nigeria as filtered through the sensibility of a colonial administrator.


The Launch of Our End-of-Year Fundraiser!

Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 14:20

Our End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Communication.


En Pleine Mer: The Underwater Landscapes of Eugen von Ransonnet-Villez

Tuesday 1 December 2020 at 06:31

Images from colour pencil drawings made while the artist was submerged in a diving bell.


Lord of Misrule: Thomas Morton’s American Subversions

Tuesday 24 November 2020 at 13:29

When we think of early New England, we tend to picture stern-faced Puritans and black-hatted Pilgrims, but in the same decade that these more famous settlers arrived, a man called Thomas Morton founded a very different kind of colony — a neo-pagan experiment he named Merrymount. Ed Simon explores the colony’s brief existence and the alternate vision of America it represents.


Thomas Wright's An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe (1750)

Thursday 19 November 2020 at 10:18

Wright’s theory, illustrated by 32 plates, mixes influential discoveries about the milky way with fantastical visions of divine creation.


Temperance Stories and Sketches (1879)

Thursday 19 November 2020 at 10:17

Temperance movement book full of tales, poems, and illustrations warning readers against the perils of alcohol, tobacco, and gambling.


Last Order Dates for Christmas 2020

Thursday 12 November 2020 at 15:57

A little bit earlier this year (due to you know what), below are the recommended cut-off dates to order from our shop by to ensure delivery in time for Dec 25th. Please do get your orders in early! And remember all proceeds go directly back into supporting the project.