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Lord of Misrule: Thomas Morton’s American Subversions

- November 24, 2020 in Uncategorized

When we think of early New England, we tend to picture stern-faced Puritans and black-hatted Pilgrims, but in the same decade that these more famous settlers arrived, a man called Thomas Morton founded a very different kind of colony — a neo-pagan experiment he named Merrymount. Ed Simon explores the colony’s brief existence and the alternate vision of America it represents.

Thomas Wright’s An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe (1750)

- November 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

Wright’s theory, illustrated by 32 plates, mixes influential discoveries about the milky way with fantastical visions of divine creation.

Temperance Stories and Sketches (1879)

- November 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

Temperance movement book full of tales, poems, and illustrations warning readers against the perils of alcohol, tobacco, and gambling.

Last Order Dates for Christmas 2020

- November 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

A little bit earlier this year (due to you know what), below are the recommended cut-off dates to order from our shop by to ensure delivery in time for Dec 25th. Please do get your orders in early! And remember all proceeds go directly back into supporting the project.

Greek Masquerade (1771)

- November 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

The goût grec style in extremis, as architecture surrounds the body in this series of fantastical and playful prints.

A New Batch of Prints and Introducing Themed Sets

- November 11, 2020 in Uncategorized

Introducing updates to the prints shop, including new ways to explore the collection.

The Orkney Finnmen Legends: From Early Modern Science to Modern Myth

- November 11, 2020 in Uncategorized

At the end of the 17th century there appeared the first noting of a mysterious kayak-paddling “Finnman” seen in Orkney waters. Jonathan Westaway explores the subsequent explanations and how early modern science's fascination with unfamiliar objects, and the “out-of-place” in general, helped conjure the idea of an Inuit presence in the region and, in turn, a new chapter of Scottish folklore.

The Reverse of a Framed Painting, and other Trompe-l’oeil by Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts (ca. 1670)

- November 5, 2020 in Uncategorized

On one of the most striking and intriguing creations by a Flemish master of trompe l’oeil paintings.

George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968)

- October 29, 2020 in Uncategorized

Introducing the historical zombie, situating it in current academic discourses, and considering the cultural moment of the film’s release.

The Sorceress by Jan van de Velde II (1626)

- October 29, 2020 in Uncategorized

Remarkable engraving of a sorceress mid-conjure, with a motley crew of demonic figures.