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12th Century: Monster

This illustration comes from a series of handscrolls telling the legends of the Shinto Kitano Tenjin Shrine, located in Kamakura, Japan. The shrine is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, a 9th century scholar, poet, and statesman who came to be … Continue reading

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1660: Theory

The 17th century Dutch minister Johan Picard spent several years in Drenthe, where he became interested in the ancient stone structures that could still be seen in the area.  His research eventually led to the publication of his book A … Continue reading

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1620: History of Rainbows

The 1620 edition of Francis Bacon’s Novum Organum contains a plan for a collective work containing all world knowledge “made to the scale of the universe”: For the world is not to be circumscribed within the narrow confines of the … Continue reading

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1970: Knots

A selection from R. D. Laing’s Knots (1970). Here is another: Mother loves me because she is good I am bad, to think she is bad therefore if I am good she is good and loves me because I am … Continue reading

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1973: Literature

Nick Cardy: From Beyond the Unknown Vol. 1 #23 (August, 1973)

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1948: The Rivers of America

The Rivers of America consists of sixty-five volumes published over 37 years (1937-1974): Published by Farrar & Rinehart (1937–1946): 1. The Kennebec: Cradle of the Americans, Robert P. Tristram Coffin, 1937; illustrated by Maitland de Gogorza 2. The Upper Mississippi, … Continue reading

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1974: Ancient Symbols

SYMBOLS OR IDEOGRAPHS This chart shows the relationship between the various symbols found in primitive art throughout the world. By carefully following along the directional lines drawn between the symbols, one can easily trace the gradual growth of each from … Continue reading

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