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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.


Astral Travels with Jack London

Tuesday 22 November 2016 at 17:20

On the centenary of Jack London’s death, Benjamin Breen looks at the writer’s last book to be published in his lifetime, The Star Rover — a strange tale about solitary confinement and interstellar reincarnation, which speaks to us of the dreams and struggles of the man himself.


Within Our Gates (1920)

Thursday 17 November 2016 at 18:12

The oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director, portraying the contemporary racial situation in the United States during the early twentieth century.


Walter Crane’s Painting Book (1889)

Wednesday 16 November 2016 at 18:28

Long before the current craze for adult colouring books came this 19th-century painting book from one of the finest contributors to the Golden Age of illustration.