This ought to be posted in its entirety; the sky is too pretty to be left cropped out.
Utagawa Hiroshige, New Year’s Eve Foxfires, 1857
Picture from the Brooklyn Museum.

This ought to be posted in its entirety; the sky is too pretty to be left cropped out.

Utagawa Hiroshige, New Year’s Eve Foxfires, 1857

Picture from the Brooklyn Museum.

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Hans Christian Andersen in his study in Nyhavn 18, Copenhagen

funeral-wreaths:

Hans Christian Andersen in his study in Nyhavn 18, Copenhagen

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Hello all! This is Ellen; Henry is currently at UPenn for a debate tournament and has no internet. He wants you all to know that his regular scheduled blogging will continue soon. Cheer him on! :)

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darksilenceinsuburbia:

Illustrations by Fortuné Méaulle for Alphabet des Insectes by Leon Becker 
(France, 1883)

The scans come from the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

A previously-covered Cotsen exhibit says about the book:

Insects stand in for people in this highly fanciful French alphabet. In addition to weight-lifting or parading down the boulevard, they file into church, ice skate, duel, dance, sail, paint, serenade a lover or invite her to dance, and, of course, improve their minds reading.

Hetzel was one of the most important publishers of children’s books in late nineteenth-century France, whose publications were distinguished by their handsome gold-stamped cloth bindings and excellent illustrations.

You can see covers Meaulle (fr.wiki) did for Le Petit Journal here.

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relative-pronoun:

SI ÞIN NAMA GEHALGOD: A booklet of weird Catholicism.

Si Þin Nama Gehalgod (‘hallowed be thy name’ in Old English) contains twenty vignettes, seven of which are new and were written specifically for this collection. If you enjoy rosaries made out of human teeth and monks cursing in sign language, then this chapbook is most certainly your kind of thing. The images are from the public domain and include engravings by Hieronymus Wierix (1553–1619) and Cornelis Galle the Elder (1576-1650) and Younger (1615-1678). Each booklet costs $6.15 CAD + shipping and can be purchased through my Big Cartel store.

Booklet details:

  • 5.5” x 8.5”
  • 16 pages
  • Cover is pink card stock; interior pages are cream-coloured
  • Printed in black and white
  • Saddle stitch binding with pink thread
  • Designed, printed, and bound by me, the person who wrote the things

Also available for purchase is my first collection of vignettes, Uncanny Anatomy.

The first was perfect and is sitting on my little pile of chapbooks - some by ChasingLinnaeus and others printed by our own archivists; everyone buy the second!

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cygnesdelanuit:

Spring Magic of The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker.

cygnesdelanuit:

Spring Magic of The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker.

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dumbledearlovesfizzingwhizbees:

Henry and I got together to try to construct a perfect meal to make someday in the near future and this is what we came up with.

Drinks: apple cider and champagne and lavender lemonade

Appetizer: scallops in puffed pastry, cucumbers with lemon

Main course: Garlic pasta with shrimp and mushrooms

Second course: spice-crusted halibut with mango salsa

Dessert: Strawberry roll cake, cheese plate (with extra brie, oh god we’re going to die from all the butter and cheese and richness of all this food) , fresh berries from our garden, tea!

Midnight snack: sushi and ice cream

*note: everything must be eaten either on the floor, in bed, or outside. also everything must be eaten with kitten-themed dishwear and utensils. also we have to do an equal share of the cooking and we must wear only silly aprons. 

I can’t decide if my apron will have bees or ravens, but it will be one of the two.

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Aesop. Les fables d’Esope phrygien, mises en ryme françoise, 1547.

Typ 515.47.123

Houghton Library, Harvard University

(Source: houghtonlib, via aurora-consurgens)

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fripperiesandfobs:

Coat, 1910’s

From the collection of Alexandre Vassiliev via Fashion Blog

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mytippetonlytulle:

Pattern design by Anna Maria Garthwaite, c.1728. Watercolor on paper.
"Anna Maria Garthwaite was born in 1690 and became one of the leading pattern drawers in the English silk industry despite the likelihood that she did not receive the formal technical training usually considered necessary to take up such a profession. She produced as many as 80 commissioned designs a year, such as this one, for master weavers and mercers."

mytippetonlytulle:

Pattern design by Anna Maria Garthwaite, c.1728. Watercolor on paper.

"Anna Maria Garthwaite was born in 1690 and became one of the leading pattern drawers in the English silk industry despite the likelihood that she did not receive the formal technical training usually considered necessary to take up such a profession. She produced as many as 80 commissioned designs a year, such as this one, for master weavers and mercers."

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Embroidered three-panel screen, John Henry Dearle. 1895 - 1910. V&A.

Embroidered three-panel screen, John Henry Dearle. 1895 - 1910. V&A.

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