The Scariest Book in Our Collection?

October 31, 2013

  From the outside “A Samoan Dictionary” looks fairly innocuous, but inside lies horror that would strike fear in the heart of any conservator (or book lover). The cover looks like an after thought – a simple piece of vellum with a handwritten title. Upon closer inspection it is evident that the cover is a recycled piece of vellum.  The faint images of rows of typed numbers are visible to the naked eye.  more »

Not for the faint of heart: De humani corporis fabrica

Today, Halloween, is traditionally marked with bats, pumpkins, ghosts and of course, skeletons. In the 1500′s, one man changed the way the medical world saw the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body. That man, Andreas Vesalius, illustrated anatomical features in his De humani corporis fabrica (On the structure of the human body) in a way never before seen. Although the pages below may seem gruesome (fair warning, gentle readers!), they come from one of the most influential anatomy books of all time.

Doesn’t This Feel Like Fall?

It’s Thanksgiving week and we are well into the season of Fall, so we decided to feature some trade literature with a Fall theme.

I Want Candy

Now that Halloween is over the true celebration begins … half-price candy!

Batty

Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur, 1899-1904, Chiroptera. More images from this volume can be viewed, if you dare … Boo!

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