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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (1904)

Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 18:43

Deriving its title from the word for "ghost story" in Japanese this is a book by scholar and translator Lafcadio Hearn in which are compiled an array of ghost stories hailing from Japan.


Opium Destruction, San Francisco (1914)

Thursday 22 September 2016 at 16:53

In the shadow of an unfinished City Hall, still clad in scaffolding, government authorities destroy confiscated opium in downtown San Fransisco, 1914.


Out of Their Love They Made It: A Visual History of Buraq

Wednesday 21 September 2016 at 17:20

Although mentioned only briefly in the Qur'an, the story of the Prophet Muhammad's night journey to heaven astride a winged horse called Buraq has long caught the imagination of artists. Yasmine Seale charts the many representations of this enigmatic steed, from early Islamic scripture to contemporary Delhi, and explores what such a figure can tell us about the nature of belief.


Illustrations from a Descriptive Iconography of Cacti (1841)

Tuesday 20 September 2016 at 15:53

Illustrations of cacti featured in a 19th-century work by French botanist Charles Lemaire.


The Influence of the Blue Ray of the Sunlight and of the Blue Color of the Sky (1877)

Thursday 15 September 2016 at 17:22

True to the ideas held within — that blue light is bearer of unique and special properties — this book is entirely printed with blue ink on blue paper.


The Rowing-Bath (1916)

Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 18:21

A device which promises to secure the zest which accompanies the pleasant pastime of buffeting surf.


Silent Night (1912)

Thursday 8 September 2016 at 16:43

Rendition of the Christmas favourite, by Elizabeth Spencer, Harry Anthony and James F. Harrison.


Visions of Algae in Eighteenth-Century Botany

Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 15:52

Although not normally considered the most glamorous of Mother Nature's offerings, algae has found itself at the heart of many a key moment in the last few hundred years of botanical science. Ryan Feigenbaum traces the surprising history of one particular species — Conferva fontinalis — from the vials of Joseph Priestley's laboratory to its possible role as inspiration for Shelley's Frankenstein.


Barnard’s Universal Criminal Cipher Code (1895)

Tuesday 6 September 2016 at 17:54

A book of codes to help disguise internal police telegrams in what amounted to some kind of 19th-century version of the encrypted email.


In Search of the Third Bird: Kenneth Morris and the Three Unusual Arts

Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 19:02

CONJECTURES #1 — Easter McCraney explores the pages of an obscure Theosophical journal and the ornithological intrigues which lie within.