Modern General Collection
Illustrated plates from a German primer on swimming. Carl Purkart, Vorschriften für den Schwimmunterricht (München, 1826)
May 21, 2009
Les Jeux des jeunes garçons représentés en 25 gravures à l'aqua-tints d'après les dessins de Xavier Le Prince ; avec l'explication détaillée des règles de chaque jeu ; accompagnées de fables nouvelles par MM. Armand-Gouffé, Le Franc, etc. et suivis d'anecdotes relatives à chaque jeu. (A Paris : Chez P.C. Lehuby, [n.d., after 1822?]) Noted as “sixieme edition” in the preface. - Scenes of juvenile ludic life in France in the early part of the 19th century. -
May 18, 2009
An exceedingly rare paper share for an English company traded at the height of the stock mania in the summer of 1720 - perhaps the only known survival of this iconic type of object that appears in numerous satirical prints and plays from the period as the symbol of folly - worthless bits of paper being blown by the wind of speculation.
May 12, 2009
Modernist Little Magazines & Poetry Reviews Little Review, September 1917 *** Blast, June 20, 1914 (more images from this issue)
April 11, 2009
Images prepared for a volume of a multi-part Traite general des Pesches (i.e. Peches), edited by H. M. Duhamel du Monceau. While the focus of the volume, developed over the 18th century and finally published in its entirety between 1769-1782, is on varieties of fishing and methods of catching them, it also discusses matters related to life along the seashore. such as the droit de varech, the important understanding of the legal limits of salvaging materials washed ashore from shipwrecks.
March 12, 2009
A comic image from a special edition of a French magazine from 1902, focusing on the folly of the stock market.
March 5, 2009
Enciclopedia de la Infancia, a complete run of a little-known periodical published to educate children by the director of the Escuela Normal Mercantil in Valparaiso, Chile in 1857. The editor, Enrique M. de Santa Olalla, appears to have produced the majority of each issue by hand.
February 26, 2009