1. borninflames:



    Anonymous Works: Easter Bunny

    One of the earliest American portrayals of the Easter rabbit on a watercolor reward of merit by Johann Conrad Gilbert (Southeastern Pennsylvania, active 1775-1810). 3 x 4”.

    Sold for $24,000.00 at Pook & Pook.

    its so beatufitul

    Back when Easter Bunnies had scales and leapt lightly through the air like Pegasus with a message for Zeus himself!

    (Source: trixietreats, via archivalia)

  2. houghtonlib:

    Samples of dyed felt from a collection of materials used in the preparation of an 18th century French encyclopedia of trades and crafts.

    Réaumur, René Antoine Ferchault de, 1683-1757. Manuscripts and illustrations for Descriptions des arts et métiers, 1721-1787.

    MS Typ 432.1 (4)

    Houghton Library, Harvard University

  3. multcolib:

    It is true our collection has not a single binding made of human skin (thankfully…) but we do have this travel diary from the 1920s by William Keeney Bixby, a St. Louis businessman, former president of Washington University, and an avid book collector, and it’s bound in lion skin…

  4. aacalibrary:

    A collection of 1954 photographs via the Hudson Essex Terraplane Historical Society.

  5. congressarchives:

    Think your driver’s license photo makes you look silly? At least you aren’t Department of Commerce official J. Mishell George. No, this isn’t a April Fool’s prank. Newspaper reader Judge L.S. Oliver really thought George looked downright nefarious.

    Letter from Judge L.S. Oliver to the Permanent Subcommitte on Investigations, 3/13/1956, Records of the United States Senate

    (via todaysdocument)

  6. hspdigitallibrary:

    Doodles by William Begg, a sailor on the ship Tenedos, who kept this log during his stint in the Naval battles of the War of 1812. Apparently, he was trying to learn anatomy in his down time!

    Check out the rest of Begg’s “illustrated” journal here on our Digital Library.

    (via notinthehistorybooks)

  7. erikkwakkel:

    Shooting at books

    Books and wars do not mix well. Riddled with bullets, the lovely brown volume you see here was nearly fatally shot. It is a survivor of the siege of Monte Cassino abbey, which took place in 1944. The abbey’s strategic location, on top of a mountain near Rome, made it of vital importance for both the German and allied forces. The battle that ensued levelled the monastery and parts of the town beneath it (more about it here). While the oldest books were rushed out of the abbey’s ancient library right before the battle began, all those from after 1800 had to remain behind. When you look at the post-battle images of the abbey, like the one above, it will be no surprise to hear that many of the ones left behind were damaged or lost (70,000 books were destroyed). Over fifty years later, some of them are still patiently waiting to be repaired, including this shell-shocked brown volume with the gaping bullet hole.

    Pic: taken from this article about the restoration of the books from Monte Cassino, Check out this blog I wrote about my visit to the abbey.

  9. divisionleap:

    Maclise, Angus. Year. NY: Dead Language Press, 1961. 

    An early book from Piero Heliczer’s Dead Language Press, and my favorite book by Maclise -  a shamanic ordering of days which became an important organizational structure for Maclise and other members of the Theatre of Eternal Music. 

    From new arrivals at Division Leap. More information here. According to Maclise, catalogued on The Day of the High Road. 


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    via Kottke