Thursday, September 21, 2006


Green Breath at Golden BeeI'm guessing that the Golden Bee graphic art/calligraphy exhibition held
recently was in Moscow. (note there are 4 pages) via Russian Calligraphy LJ.

egbert codexA modest sampling of gorgeous miniatures from the 10th century illuminated
manuscript of the 4 Gospels, Der Egbert Codex. Click on one of the images top left.
The site is from an exhibition last year but I can't get the video to work.

slavonic missal animal imagesEagle, Symbol of St. John; Lion, Symbol of St. Mark.

slavonic missal miniaturesA selection of miniatures from the early 15th century 'Hrvoje Vukčić Hrvatinić
Missal' at the Old Church Slavonic Institute website in Zagreb, Croatia

(in english). The original is held in Turkey. More info here and here.

Les Fripons Craignent les Réverbères'Les Fripons Craignent les Réverbères' 1790.
[Something of a political satire on the royal/religious/elite sections
of french society immediately following the revolution being like a
hydra monster - each head must be destroyed, as it were.]

La Paix Idyll sketchHonoré Daumier's 'La Paix Idyll' 1871.

Le Retour au XVIIIe Siècle'Le Retour au XVIIIe Siècle' (Return to the 18th century) by E.Celos.

Les SouverainsAuguste Roubille 'Les Souverains'

While searching around for 'Le Monde Renversé' images last week, I came upon a wonderful (part-flash) web exhibition site: "L'Histoire de France par l'Image 1789-1739".
Browse by the extensive themes or date or by associated metadata.
If you read french or trouble to use an online translator, there is a wealth of
information in here. Click on the '+' zoom icon for a large, screen-sized version.
For each image (photo, painting, print, sketch &c) there is a description of its
place in history and an analysis and interpretation of the work (although these textual accompaniments are apparently not working at the present moment - I did see and read them
for numerous images on a number of occasions over the last week)

Gazette du Bon Ton'La Fontaine de Coquillages Robe de Soir de Paquin'
and 'Automnale' from 'Gazette du Bon Ton'.

Le Petit Courrier des Dames
from 'Le Petit Courrier des Dames' (late 1820s I think)
The Gifu Prefectural Library in Japan have the complete set of 'Gazette du Bon Ton' (1912-1925) online (there are better quality images of the fashion plates
-- by among others, Georges Barbier -- all over the place online [for eg.]
but as far as I can tell, this is the only set in the original magazine layout).

Look and Learn Magazine“By permission of Look and Learn” - retro magazine goodness;
via Monkeyfilter/Ramage/Boynton -- yes, I had to see it in 3 places
before I discovered the wealth of British 60s and 70s visual eclectica available.

Embelmata Hieroglyphikes

Embelmata Hieroglyphikes QuarlesThe above images come from a 1669 edition of 'Emblemes and Hieroglyphikes
of the Life of Man' by Francis Quarles from a selection of images at Ebay.
The whole original work from 1635 is online among the English Emblem
Book Project
, but their images are quite small.
Speaking of Emblem books, a recent post on Metafilter
points us to all the major online Emblemata repositories

Vsevolod MeyerholdCaricature of Vsevolod Meyerhold (russian Stage Director) by Mordmilovich, 1920s.

Kabuki PrintsKabuki Prints featuring the actors Nakamura Sukegoro and Ichikawa Monnosuke.
Both of the above images come from the multilingual Global Performing Arts
database at Cornell University.
There are some 4,500 photographs, designs, videos,
programs and ephemera available - a great browse. via Resourceshelf.

Continuing the custom of invitation at a centenary post, if anyone knows of any websites featuring images of BibliOdyssey-esque material, particularly with respect to the not-America and not- Western Europe sections of the world, please email me with details. I am, however, also happy to hear about unchartered sections of the European and American biblioimagery world too. No need to be shy. All information, tips, nudges and winks are accepted. And just on that point, when people are gracious enough to comment or email me with postive feedback and I don't specifically reply, it's not because I wasn't looking. It's because I'm an unappreciative, lazy otherwise occupied sod.

Finally, I was reminded by Jessamyn that next week is Banned Books Week. And although it is only tangentially related, I've been saving this link to the Reversing Vandalism web exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library. Very cool.

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