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Omega: The Last Days of the World (1894)

Thursday 25 January 2018 at 20:16

Science fiction novel by astronomer Camille Flammarion, concerning a near comet miss and a vision of the earth's far distant future.


The Dreams of an Inventor in 1420

Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 18:27

Bennett Gilbert peruses a sketchbook of 15th-century engineer Johannes de Fontana, a catalogue of designs for a wide-range of fantastic and often impossible inventions, including fire-breathing automatons, pulley-powered angels, and the earliest surviving drawing of a magic lantern device.


A Collection of Fashionable English Words (1887)

Tuesday 23 January 2018 at 11:21

Japanese woodcuts from a series by Kamekichi Tsunajima titled “Ryūkō eigo zukushi”, showing images of animals, activities and objects each with their Japanese and English names.


A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1788)

Thursday 18 January 2018 at 18:45

A compendium of slang from the sordid streets of after-hours Georgian London, compiled by Francis Grose.


Images from German “Caterpillar Calendar” (1837)

Tuesday 16 January 2018 at 18:42

Wonderful illustrations from an entomological volume outlining which caterpillars appear each month, as well as details on how to keep them and catch the butterflies into which they will transform.


Yvette Borup Andrews: Photographing Central Asia

Wednesday 10 January 2018 at 16:12

Although often overshadowed by the escapades of her more famous husband (said by some to be the real-life inspiration for Indiana Jones), the photographs taken by Yvette Borup Andrews on their first expeditions through Central Asia stand today as a compelling contribution to early visual anthropology. Lydia Pyne looks at the story and impact of this unique body of images.


The Book of the Homeless (1916)

Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 17:59

Collection of essays, art, poetry, and musical scores, edited by Edith Wharton, whose profits were used to fund civilians displaced by World War I.


On the Banks of the Old Raritan (1915)

Thursday 4 January 2018 at 16:10

Early recording of the alma mater of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, penned in 1873 in just two hours by Howard Newton Fuller, an 1874 graduate of Rutgers College.


Class of 2018

Tuesday 19 December 2017 at 16:06

Top Row (left to right): Aleister Crowley; René Magritte; Siegfried Sassoon Middle Row (left to right): Alice B. Toklas; Pierre Bonnard; Winston Churchill; M. P. Shiel Bottom Row (left to right): Jean Toomer; P. D. Ouspensky; Anna Wickham; Hans Fallada Pictured above is our top pick of artists and writers whose works will, on 1st […]


George Mayerle’s Eye Test Chart (ca. 1907)

Tuesday 12 December 2017 at 17:18

This fantastic eye chart — measuring 22 by 28 inches with a positive version on one side and negative on the other — is the work of German optometrist and American Optometric Association member George Mayerle, who was working in San Francisco at end of the nineteenth century, just when optometry was beginning to professionalise. […]