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Our Masterpiece Is the Private Life: In Pursuit of the “Real” Chateaubriand

- October 9, 2019 in Alphonse de Lamartine, chateaubriand, France, François-René de Chateaubriand, Madame Récamier, Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe, Memoirs From Beyond the Grave, Victor Hugo

While nowadays he might be best known for the cut of meat that bears his name, François-René de Chateaubriand was once one of the most famous men in France — a giant of the literary scene and idolised by such future greats as Alphonse de Lamartine and Victor Hugo. Alex Andriesse explores Chateaubriand's celebrity and the glimpse behind the public mask we are given in his epic autobiography Memoirs From Beyond the Grave.

First Paper to Link CO2 and Global Warming, by Eunice Foote (1856)

- October 3, 2019 in carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, chemistry, Eunice Newton Foote, first person to discover global warming, global warming, Science, women scientists, women's rights

The first paper to link carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and earth heating.

Augustus Jansson’s Queen City Ink Adverts (1903–1907)

- October 1, 2019 in advertisements, advertising, adverts, Augustus Jansson, ink, Inland Printer, parade, Queen City Printing Ink Company, Queen City Publishing

Wonderful series of proto-Art Deco adverts for a Cincinnati-based ink company.

The Narrative of Henry Box Brown

- September 26, 2019 in african-american, anti-slavery movement, henry box brown, slavery, underground railroad

Account of a Virginian slave's daring escape from his plantation in a box and subsequent life as a free man.

Photographs of Japanese Sword Guards (1916)

- September 24, 2019 in design, japan, japanese art, metalwork, sword guards, swords, tsuba

Exquisite photographs of tsuba, or sword guards, from medieval and early modern Japan.

Greenland Unicorns and the Magical Alicorn

- September 19, 2019 in alicorn, cabinet of curiosities, caspar bartholin, Featured Articles, folklore, greenland, iceland, magic, narwhals, ole worm, Religion, Myth & Legend, Science & Medicine, thomas bartholin, unicorn horns, unicorns, wunderkammer

When the existence of unicorns, and the curative powers of the horns ascribed to them, began to be questioned, one Danish physician pushed back through curious means — by reframing the unicorn as an aquatic creature of the northern seas. Natalie Lawrence on a fascinating convergence of established folklore, nascent science, and pharmaceutical economy.

Buffon and de Sève’s Quadrupeds (1754)

- September 17, 2019 in animals, Comte de Buffon, Jacques de Sève, Quadrupeds

Colorful illustrations of four-legged creatures first included in Buffon’s pioneering eighteenth-century books on natural history.

Chester Harding’s My Egotistigraphy (1866)

- September 10, 2019 in autobiography, Chester Harding, Daniel Boone, Painting

Privately published memoir of an American portraitist who grew up in a log cabin and went on to paint presidents, congressmen, philanthropists, and Daniel Boone.

John O. Westwood’s Facsimiles of Anglo-Saxon and Irish Manuscripts (1868)

- September 4, 2019 in book of kells, Ireland, Irish Manuscripts, medieval manuscript, Religion

Impressive Victorian lithographs of Anglo-Saxon and early Irish illuminated manuscripts from the dark ages and early medieval period.

Woodblocks in Wonderland: The Japanese Fairy Tale Series

- September 3, 2019 in Art & Illustrations, best of folk and fairytales, Books, Chirimen, Chirimen-bon, crepe paper books, fairy tales, Featured Articles, japanese folklore, japonisme, Lafcadio Hearn, Religion, Myth & Legend, Takejiro Hasegawa, The Japanese Fairy Tale Series

From gift-bestowing sparrows and peach-born heroes to goblin spiders and dancing phantom cats — in a series of beautifully illustrated books, the majority printed on an unusual cloth-like crepe paper, the publisher Takejiro Hasegawa introduced Japanese folk tales to the West. Christopher DeCou on how a pioneering cross-cultural endeavour gave rise to a magnificent chapter in the history of children's publishing.