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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.


The Art of Hidden Faces: Anthropomorphic Landscapes

Wednesday 2 March 2016 at 18:30

A compendium of anthropomorphic landscapes, in which natural vistas are given the form of human heads.


Le Voyage Dans la Lune (1902)

Tuesday 1 March 2016 at 15:51

Perhaps Georges Méliès' most famous film, and the first science fiction film in cinematic history.


Topsell’s History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents (1658)

Thursday 25 February 2016 at 16:06

Totalling more than 1000 pages this brilliantly illustrated treatise on zoology, explores ancient and fantastic legends about existing animals, as well as those at the more mythic end of the spectrum, including the Hydra, Lamia, and Mantichora.


The Anthropometric Detective and His Racial Clues

Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 19:38

Ava Kofman explores how the spectre of race, in particular Francis Galton's disturbing theory of eugenics, haunts the early history of fingerprint technology.


The American Woods

Tuesday 23 February 2016 at 17:13

a selection of pages from Romeyn Beck Hough's epic fourteen volume work The American Woods, a collection of more than 1000 paper-thin wood samples representing more than 350 varieties of North American tree


Self-Portrait by Ernst Mach (1886)

Thursday 18 February 2016 at 18:46

Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach's unique self-portrait, from the perspective of his left eye.