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Mistress of a New World: Early Science Fiction in Europe’s “Age of Discovery”

- October 11, 2018 in Books, early science fiction, empire, imperialism, Literature, proto science fiction, science fiction

Considered by many one of the founding texts of the science fiction genre, The Blazing World — via a dizzy mix of animal-human hybrids, Immaterial Spirits, and burning foes — tells of a woman’s absolute rule as Empress over a parallel planet. Emily Lord Fransee explores what the book and its author Margaret Cavendish (one […]

John Milton’s Frontispiece Joke

- October 9, 2018 in frontispiece, john milton, william marshall

Confronted with a bad frontispiece portrait of himself Milton enacted a very literary revenge on the engraver.

The Celestial Atlas of Andreas Cellarius (1660)

- October 4, 2018 in Andreas Cellarius, best of celestial, best of maps, celestial map, cosmography, Harmonia Macrocosmica

Harmonia Macrocosmica (1660), an atlas of the stars from the Dutch Golden Age of cartography, maps the structure of the heavens in twenty-nine extraordinary double-folio spreads.

Pepys’s Ghost (1899)

- October 2, 2018 in diarists, diary, racist, samuel pepys

In this strangest of diaries, the author and adventurer Edwin Emerson Jr voices one year in his life through the mouth of Samuel Pepys.

Grandville, Visions, and Dreams

- September 26, 2018 in Art & Illustrations, Books, caricature, Featured Articles, grandville, illustration, J.J. Grandville, satire, surrealism

With its dreamlike inversions and kaleidoscopic cast of anthropomorphic objects, animals, and plants, the world of French artist J. J. Grandville is at once both delightful and disquieting. Patricia Mainardi explores the unique work of this 19th-century illustrator now recognised as a major precursor and inspiration to the Surrealist movement.

The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy (1917)

- September 25, 2018 in caveman, dinosaur, dinosaurs, prehistoric, stop-motion

First film by stop-motion animation pioneer Willis O'Brien who in 1933 would go on to make his best known film, King Kong.

Images from William Saville-Kent’s The Great Barrier Reef of Australia (1893)

- September 20, 2018 in australia, fish, great barrier reef

Colour lithographs and photographs from the first book to extensively depict a coral reef using photography.

Ye Butcher, Ye Baker, Ye Candlestick-Maker (1908)

- September 19, 2018 in profession, woodcuts, work

In the style of an 18th-century ballad chapbook, a comic look at various professions and there roles both old and new.

Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs (1903)

- September 16, 2018 in best of books, best of design, best of illustration, design, japan, japanese, ocean, ripples, sea, water, waves

Hamonshū v. 1, by Mori Yūzan; Yamada Geisōdō, Kyōto-shi, Meiji 36 [1903] Hamonshū v. 2, by Mori Yūzan; Yamada Geisōdō, Kyōto-shi, Meiji 36 [1903] Hamonshū v. 3, by Mori Yūzan; Yamada Geisōdō, Kyōto-shi, Meiji 36 [1903] The three volumes above bring together a wonderful selection of wave and ripple designs produced by the Japanese artist […]

Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs (1903)

- September 16, 2018 in best of books, best of design, best of illustration, design, japan, japanese, ocean, ripples, sea, water, waves

Hamonshū v. 1, by Mori Yūzan; Yamada Geisōdō, Kyōto-shi, Meiji 36 [1903] Hamonshū v. 2, by Mori Yūzan; Yamada Geisōdō, Kyōto-shi, Meiji 36 [1903] Hamonshū v. 3, by Mori Yūzan; Yamada Geisōdō, Kyōto-shi, Meiji 36 [1903] The three volumes above bring together a wonderful selection of wave and ripple designs produced by the Japanese artist […]