Tag Archives: France

1509: The Most Curious Book in the World

The following entry appears in Charles Carroll Bombaugh’s Gleanings from the Harvest Fields of Literature: A Melange of Excerpta, Curious, Humorous, and Instructive (1867): THE MOST CURIOUS BOOK IN THE WORLD The most singular bibliographic curiosity is that which belonged … Continue reading

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1885: Moonrise

Henri-Joseph Harpignies: Moonrise (1885)

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1946: Beauty and the Beast

Jean Cocteau, director: La Belle et la Bête (1946)

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1865: The Storm Cloud

Félix Bracquemond: The Storm Cloud (1860-1870)

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1897: Orpheus

Pierre Amédée Marcel-Béronneau: Orpheus in Hades (1897)

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1307: Qualiter caput hominis situatur

This llustration from an early fourteenth century compendium shows the five functions of the brain: perception, imagination, estimation, cogitation, and memory. Drawn from the works of Thomas Aquinas and the Arabic philosopher Avicenna, the theory posits that sensory information enters … Continue reading

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1784: Whimsical Associations

From Paul Fussell’s Poetic Meter and Poetic Form (1965): “In ‘The Poplar Field’ …William Cowper…unwittingly allows the whimsical associations of triple meter to work against him.” The poplars are felled, farewell to the shade And the whispering sound of the … Continue reading

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1873: Sunset

Armand Guillaumin: Sunset over Ivry (1873)

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1895: A-ka-u-ku

In 1895, King Njoya of the Bamum, an ethnic group from what is now western Cameroon, invented an alphabet to record the history of his people. Njoya, who traced his linaege back 16 or 17 generations of kings, was insipred … Continue reading

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1675: Lightning

Francisque Millet: Mountain Landscape with Lightning (c. 1675)

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