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Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday (1902)

Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 15:59

A wonderfully eclectic treatise on all things sundials and roses — jam-packed with photographs, illustrations, and diagrams.


The Postures of the Mouth (1846)

Thursday 24 March 2016 at 15:28

Diagrams showing the postures of the mouth when demonstrating proper elocution, from a 19th-century book dedicated to elocution.


Divine Comedy: Lucian Versus The Gods

Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 16:38

With the twenty-six short comic dialogues that made up Dialogues of the Gods, the 2nd-century writer Lucian of Samosata took the popular images of the Greek gods and re-drew them as greedy, sex-obsessed, power-mad despots. Nicholas Jeeves explores the story behind the work and its reception in the English speaking world.


Chrysal; or, The Adventures of a Guinea (1760)

Thursday 17 March 2016 at 16:44

One of the first of the immensely popular 18th-century "it-narratives", the tale of coin and the human intrigue to which it finds itself bearing witness.


Six and a Half Magic Hours (1958)

Wednesday 16 March 2016 at 17:55

A Pan Am promotional film marketing transatlantic air travel at the dawn of the jet age, including their pioneering Flight 1000, with gourmet meals and spacious powder rooms.


Colour Analysis Charts by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel (1902)

Tuesday 15 March 2016 at 20:47

Colour analysis charts of various objects, such as Assyrian tiles, Persian rugs, a case containing an Egyptian mummy, and even a teacup and saucer — looking at times like some kind of strange fusion of De Stijl abstraction and Tetris.


The Merry Cobler and His Musical Alphabet (ca. 1800)

Thursday 10 March 2016 at 17:11

A charming alphabet book, dating from around 1800, published by the Glasgow-based publishers J. Lumsden and Son.


The Strange Case of Mr William T. Horton

Wednesday 9 March 2016 at 17:27

Championed in his day by friend and fellow mystic W. B. Yeats, today the artist William T. Horton and his stark minimalistic creations are largely forgotten. Jon Crabb on a unique and unusual talent.


Reed Bontecou’s Portraits of Wounded Soldiers (1865)

Tuesday 8 March 2016 at 16:48

Photographs of injured American Civil War soldiers created by Reed B. Bontecou, a New York surgeon who played a key role in documenting the very many casualties of the Civil War battlefields.


Books and Bookmen (1886)

Thursday 3 March 2016 at 16:34

Best known for his work collecting of folk and fairy tales, this is the Scottish writer Andrew Lang's treatise on all things bookish.