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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.


Rainbows in Art

Tuesday 15 November 2016 at 19:50

Depictions spanning more than 800 years – in chronological order – of that most enigmatic of weather phenomena, the rainbow.


“Let us Calculate!”: Leibniz, Llull, and the Computational Imagination

Thursday 10 November 2016 at 19:28

Three hundred years after the death of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and seven hundred years after the birth of Ramon Llull, Jonathan Gray looks at how their early visions of computation and the “combinatorial art” speak to our own age of data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence.


The Human Alphabet

Thursday 3 November 2016 at 19:40

Collection of alphabets comprised of the human body.


The Infernal Cauldron (1903)

Thursday 27 October 2016 at 17:23

Short film by Georges Méliès, released through his Star Film Company, featuring demons, flames, spectres, and a brilliant array of the film-maker's usual arsenal of tricks.


Richard Hakluyt and Early English Travel

Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 20:00

The Principle Navigations, Richard Hakluyt's great championing of Elizabethan colonial exploration, remains one of the most important collections of English travel writing ever published. As well as the escapades of famed names such as Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh, Nandini Das looks at how the book preserves many stories of lesser known figures that surely would have been otherwise lost.


Ernst Haeckel’s Bats (1904)

Tuesday 25 October 2016 at 18:37

Bats galore featured on plate 67 from Ernst Haeckel’s visually dazzling Kunstformen der Natur (1904).