There’s nothing quite like Scandinavian children’s books, and Tove Jansson’s The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little Myis a pinnacle of gorgeously illustrated, existentially profound whimsy.
Lavengro by George Borrow
George Borrow (1803-1881) described his romanticized autobiography, Lavengro: The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest (1851), as 'a dream of study and adventure.' The curious blend of fact and fiction, travel and philosophy, aristocrats and gypsies, baffled critics when it was released. Blackwood’s Magazine wrote that: 'The adventures, though interesting in their way, neither bear the impress of the stamp of truth, nor are they so arranged as to make the work valuable, if we consider it in the light of fiction.' If also failed to impress the public: as after an initial print-run of 3000, it was not reprinted again for over 20 years.
Lavengro, the gypsy word for Word Master, describes two of Borrow’s greatest passions: languages and gypsies. Whilst he was considered a poor student and his early career in law floundered, Borrow was a prodigious linguist who by the end of his life is estimated to have acquired knowledge of around 100 languages. His great affinity for gypsies runs through all his works and his vivid depictions of them in his earlier novel A Bible in Spain: or the Journey, Adventures, and Imprisonment of an Englishman in an Attempt to Circulate the Scriptures in the Peninsula (1843) also went on to influence Prosper Mérimée, who after reading the book used one of its characters as a basis for Don Jose in his novel Carmen that was adapted by Bizet for opera.
It was not until after Borrow’s death that Lavengro finally began to garner praise and find an audience. Described as having passages that are 'unsurpassed in the prose literature of England,' it was included in the Oxford University Press World’s Classics series in 1904, and in Everyman’s Library in 1906.
The book in the photographs was published by Macmillan in 1896 and is a first edition with illustrations by E.J.Sullivan.
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The original handwritten manuscript of The Great Gatsby, from Princeton’s newly digitized archive of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s manuscripts.
Pair with Fitzgerald on the secret of great writing.
Illuminated letter showing a young King Henry VIII on the throne. Notice the Tudor rose and crown at the top. Henry’s sitting in the middle of the letter P, which is formed by branches.
I read this as a kid and it had a really significant effect on me and and it’s a big influence on my world view and I still think it’s the most beautiful and profound thing anyone’s ever said about beauty
Hogwarts Book Sculpture.
I used 7 books (already damaged) to create the sculpture and 50 different scalpol blades. It took 3 months to create!
You did a beautiful thing here.
Fictitious Dishes, Famous Meals From Literature by Dinah Fried
from The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Happy 76th Anniversary to The Hobbit written by J.R.R Tolkien!↳ The book was first released on September 21, 1937.
Candida Hofer - Libraries (published 2005)