Saturday, January 14, 2017

So, You've Been Accused of Witchcraft

This chart is from Lapham's Quarterly, and it is based on the witch-hunters' manual called the Malleus Maleficarum, "The Hammer of Witches," which you can read about at Wikipedia. There is an English translation at, and you can also read the original Latin at Hathi Trust.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature

I'm always learning new stuff at Open Culture, and here's a great post: Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children’s Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online.

They are porting on the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature at the University of Florida. As just one example, here is the ABC of Animals:

And here are letters A-B-C-D:

Visit the site to see the whole book and even download a copy.

I'll keep exploring this wonderful resource to see what other delights I can find! :-)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Monsters in America

I really enjoyed this "Monsters in America" map: A Cryptozoological Map of the United States Featuring Legendary Creatures From Across America. The map is by Hog Island Press, and I found it here at Laughing Squid. Here's the full-sized view.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Questing Beast

There is a wonderful part of The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester; it's an article about The Questing Beast. There's a background essay, with seven different illustrations in the gallery. Here are my two favorites from that gallery, and you can also learn more at Wikipedia.

Arthur Rackham, from The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (1917)

H. J. Ford, from The Book of Romance (1902)