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Illustration by L.W.R. Wenckebach for In De Muizenwereld by Agatha Snellen (Netherlands, 1894). Source: janwillemsen on Flickr, via 50 Watts. 
Illustration by L.W.R. Wenckebach for In De Muizenwereld by Agatha Snellen (Netherlands, 1894). Via 50 Watts.

Illustration by L.W.R. Wenckebach for In De Muizenwereld by Agatha Snellen (Netherlands, 1894). Via 50 Watts.

Jean de la Fontinelle, Alphabet, 1940s. Via Animalarium: Alphabet Soup Nr. 2.

Jean de la Fontinelle, Alphabet, 1940s. Via Animalarium: Alphabet Soup Nr. 2.

I worked for a few years at the Harry Ransom Center, and the Blood Book was one of my favorites in their collections. In fact, all of Waugh’s archive was fascinating, especially his childhood journals.

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The “Victorian Blood Book” from the Library of Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh, whose manuscripts and 3,500-volume library are now at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, was an inveterate collector of things Victorian (and well ahead of most of his contemporaries in this regard). Undoubtedly the most curious object in the Waugh library is a large oblong folio decoupage book known affectionately as the “Victorian Blood Book.”

Since it arrived here in the late 1960s, the “Blood Book” has fascinated everyone who has seen it. Its decoupage was assembled from several hundred engravings, many taken from books of etchings by William Blake. The principal motifs are natural (birds, animals, and especially snakes) and Christian (images of the cross, scenes from the Bible, and crusaders). Drops of red india ink and extensive commentary have been added to many of the images. The craftsmanship is exquisite, and the adhesion of the decoupages is still perfect. The book bears an inscription by one John Bingley Garland to his daughter Amy dated September 1, 1854.

All 41 plates of the book can be seen here.

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Gouden vlinders, text by S. Franke, illustrated by Lou Loeber, 1927 by peacay on Flickr.
Via Bibliodyssey.
De gouden haan - Marietje Witteveen 1940 by peacay on Flickr.
Via Bibliodyssey.
#vintage   #illustration   #book   #lit   #dutch   #netherlands   #chicken   #birds   #animals   #hen   #design  
Het feest van Koning Beer by Louis Moe, 1930 by peacay on Flickr.
Via Bibliodyssey.
#vintage   #cute   #animals   #illustration   #books   #lit   #fox   #bear   #owl   #dutch   #netherlands   #not menacing   #1930s  
Two children sitting on a settee by National Media Museum on Flickr.

Two children sitting on a settee, 1888 Collection of National Media Museum/Kodak Museum

Two children sitting on a settee by National Media Museum on Flickr.

Two children sitting on a settee, 1888

Collection of National Media Museum/Kodak Museum

“I want death to find me planting my cabbages, but careless of death, and still more of my unfinished garden.”

Montaigne

M. Degas Teaches Art & Science at Durfee Intermediate School (Detroit, 1942)→

By Philip Levine, 1992.

#poetry   #lit   #philip levine   #news   #detroit   #art  
Aug 28 1963 by Beinecke Library on Flickr. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Construction Photographs, May 1961-Sept. 1963.
Rare book librarians have always worn comfortable shoes.

Aug 28 1963 by Beinecke Library on Flickr. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Construction Photographs, May 1961-Sept. 1963.

Rare book librarians have always worn comfortable shoes.

Work with schools, Yorkville Branch : class visit, ca. 1910. by New York Public Library on Flickr. Source: The New York Public Library. New York Public Library Archives.

Work with schools, Yorkville Branch : class visit, ca. 1910. by New York Public Library on Flickr. Source: The New York Public Library. New York Public Library Archives.

[Photograph of unidentified man ascending stairs and unidentified woman seated at front desk at the Beinecke] (1963) by Beinecke Library on Flickr.
General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

[Photograph of unidentified man ascending stairs and unidentified woman seated at front desk at the Beinecke] (1963) by Beinecke Library on Flickr.

General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

People taking a break from learning by Oregon State University Archives on Flickr.
Photographer: Herman T. Bohlman. 

People taking a break from learning by Oregon State University Archives on Flickr.

Photographer: Herman T. Bohlman. 

[Photograph of unidentified man perusing the card catalog at the Beinecke] (1963) by Beinecke Library on Flickr.
General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

[Photograph of unidentified man perusing the card catalog at the Beinecke] (1963) by Beinecke Library on Flickr.

General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.