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The Confidence-Man (1857)

Tuesday 24 January 2017 at 17:24

Published on the day it is set, April Fool's Day 1857, Herman Melville's last novel concerns a group of passengers travelling by steamboat along the Mississippi and their various encounters with the enigmatic conman of the title.


The “Living Photographs” of Mole and Thomas

Thursday 5 January 2017 at 22:22

A series of extraordinary group portraits, made between 1915 and 1921, comprised of thousands of servicemen and staff from various US military camps arranged into pictures.


Some Remarks on the Legacy of Madame Francine Descartes – First Lady and Historian of the Robocene – on the Occasion of 500 Years Since her Unlawful Watery Execution.

Wednesday 4 January 2017 at 14:46

CONJECTURES #3 — Dominic Pettman, through the voice of a distant Roomba descendant, offers a glimpse into the historiographical revenge of our enslaved devices.


The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings (1882)

Wednesday 14 December 2016 at 19:04

The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings published in 1882, a collection of 15 exquisite pastel works created by the French artist, astronomer and amateur entomologist Étienne Léopold Trouvelot.


Forty-Four Turkish Fairy Tales (1913)

Tuesday 13 December 2016 at 18:51

In this elaborately produced volume, beautifully illustrated by Willy Pogany, Hungarian-born linguist Ignác Kúnos presents 44 folktales from Turkey, including princesses, dragons, wizards, witches, and horses that can fly.


The Many Lives of the Medieval Wound Man

Wednesday 7 December 2016 at 17:53

Sliced, stabbed, punctured, bleeding, harassed on all sides by various weaponry, the curious image of Wound Man is a rare yet intriguing presence in the world of medieval and early modern medical manuscripts. Jack Hartnell explores this enigmatic figure’s journey through the centuries.


Class of 2017

Tuesday 6 December 2016 at 18:44

Our top pick of those whose works will, on 1st January 2017, enter the public domain in many countries around the world, including Gertrude Stein, Buster Keaton, H. G. Wells, and André Breton.


The Frog (1908)

Thursday 1 December 2016 at 18:27

A sprightly frog circles various come-to-life fountain tableaux, as well as a giant version of itself, an enormous head being drenched by water, and some multicoloured fire thrown in for good measure.


Airopaidia (1786) — the Narrative of a Balloon Excursion

Tuesday 29 November 2016 at 18:59

Coming in at almost 400 pages, a wonderfully detailed account of a balloon trip over Chester in 1785, including the first ever real overhead aerial views.


Chirologia, or The Natural Language of the Hand (1644)

Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 19:08

Images from John Bulwer's 17th-century study on the language of the hands and gesture.