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Texts in Mathias Enard’s Compass

Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 16:01

Collection of the major public domain texts featuring in the novel Compass by French writer Mathias Enard — including Balzac, Victor Hugo, and Joseph-Charles Mardrus.


W. B. O’Shaughnessy and the Introduction of Cannabis to Modern Western Medicine

Wednesday 19 April 2017 at 18:57

Cataleptic trances, enormous appetites, and giggling fits aside, W. B. O'Shaughnessy's investigations at a Calcutta hospital into the potential of medical marijuana — the first such trials in modern medicine — were largely positive. Sujaan Mukherjee explores the intricacies of this pioneering research and what it can tell us more generally about the production of knowledge in colonial science.


Arcimboldo-esque Composite Portraits of Trades (ca. 1800)

Tuesday 18 April 2017 at 20:05

Lovely aquatint print depicting four composite portraits for the professions of florist, writer, musician, and barber — their features made up entirely from the tools of their trades.


The Spinning Sow (1673)

Thursday 13 April 2017 at 16:25

17th-century Dutch engraving showing a team of pigs spinning cotton, while in the corner a woman — who'd normally be associated with the work — sleeps.


Scenes from Rip Van Winkle (1903)

Wednesday 12 April 2017 at 19:40

Recording made for Colombia Records in which the legendary actor Joseph Jefferson plays the part of Rip Van Winkle.


The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)

Tuesday 11 April 2017 at 18:47

James Hogg's masterpiece — part-gothic novel, part-psychological mystery, part-metafiction, part-satire, part-case study of totalitarian thought.


Lofty Only in Sound: Crossed Wires and Community in 19th-Century Dreams

Wednesday 5 April 2017 at 18:55

Alicia Puglionesi explores a curious case of supposed dream telepathy at the end of the US Civil War, in which old ideas about the prophetic nature of dreaming collided with loss, longing, and new possibilities of communication at a distance.


Images from the First Colour Publication on Fish (1754)

Tuesday 4 April 2017 at 19:48

Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes can lay claim to be being the earliest known publication in colour on fish, though many specimens seem to border on fantasy.


The Wise Boys: or, The Entertaining Histories of Fred Forethought, Matt Merrythought, Luke Lovebook and Ben Bee (ca. 1842)

Thursday 30 March 2017 at 18:42

Collection of poetic stories championing exemplary boyhood behaviour, the work of the American poet Sarah Josepha Buell Hale.


Edward Curtis’ Photographs of Kwakwaka’wakw Ceremonial Dress and Masks (ca. 1914)

Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 18:02

The ceremonial costumes and masks of the Kwakwaka'wakw people as photographed by American photographer and ethnologist Edward Curtis, famous for his work with Native American people.