Mister Fox (1870) - A short piece of juvenile literature about a hungry fox and his attempts to acquire dinner for his family – an endeavour which proves successful despite the attempts of the farmer and his wife to intervene – all illustrated in a series of delightful silhouettes. See the book here: http://bit.ly/1eu4gwA
—Choeur d'hommes au retour de la chasse
The last track on Musiques Pygmées et Nègres d’Afrique Equatoriale Française (1948), an album of ethnographic recordings of Pygmy music heard on the French led “Ogooué-Congo” mission in 1946. More here: http://bit.ly/OYe37X
16th-century Prosthetics - from Ten Books of Surgery (1564) by Ambroise Paré. More here:http://bit.ly/Ro2t3o
A synesthetic vision of Wagner’s music, as featured in Thought-Forms (1901).
More on these bizarre and wonderful images in Benjamin Breen’s excellent new essay “Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia” http://bit.ly/1mhnOfq
Detail from 1 of 25 hand-coloured stereographs showing the various stages from courtship to marriage - focusing mainly on a rumbled midnight tryst on the third date (the climax of which is pictured here) and the wedding itself in a rather luxuriant tropical setting. See the set here: http://bit.ly/1hHOMaf
The music of Felix Mendelssohn depicted as a “thought-form” - a visible aura which the Theosophist’s believe is created by the music and which “persists for some considerable time, and is clearly visible and intelligible to those who have eyes to see”.
From Benjamin Breen’s excellent essay “Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia” - http://bit.ly/1mhnOfq
Happy World Book Day!!! Celebrate by perusing our Books collection, a library of curiosities from the far-flung corners of history - http://bit.ly/1cxNJg3
An anatomical “still life” display created by Frederik Ruysch, featuring foetal skeletons humorously arranged on a bed of bladder-, kidney- and gall-stones, from the midst of which rise ‘trees’ of dried blood vessels filled with a red wax-like substance.
See more of these remarkable creations in our latest essay exploring the Dutch anatomist’s work - http://bit.ly/1ncRlEV
Happy Fat Tuesday!!! Making pancakes tonight? Here’s a recipe from the 16th century which includes “two or three spoonefuls of ale”:
To make Pancakes
Take new thicke Creame a pine, foure or five yolks of egs, a good handful of flower and two or three spoonefuls of ale, strain them together into a faire platter, and season it with a good handfull of sugar, a spooneful of synamon, and a little Ginger: then take a friing pan, and put in a litle peece of Butter, as big as yourthumbe, and when it is molten brown, cast it out of your pan, and with a ladle put to the further side of your pan some of your stuffe, and hold your pan …, so that your stuffe may run abroad over all the pan as thin as may be: then set it to the fire, and let the fyre be verie soft, and when the one side is baked, then turn the other, and bake them as dry as ye can without burning.
(from a book entitled “The Good Huswifes Jewell”, courtesy of the British Library)
Costume from the 1869 New Orleans Mardi Gras. (More here: bit.ly/wxD3Rj)
The Book of Topiary (1904), on the noble art of verdant sculpture http://bit.ly/1fLIKaf
Detail from a page of Thomas Jefferson’s “Weather Record (1176-1818)”, in which he meticulously and somewhat obsessively notes down the temperature on everyday of the year. From our latest article exploring how Thomas Jefferson and his fellow Founding Fathers believed in manmade climate change. Read the article here: http://bit.ly/1bLPXYI