August 8, 2011 Comments Off on Congo Dandies
Le Sapeurs of the Congo belong the Societé des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes – “one of the world’s most exclusive clubs. Members have their own code of honour, codes of professional conduct and strict notions of morality. It is a world within a world within a city.”
March 12, 2011 § 1 Comment
Recent flea market find:
Kleine Enzyklopädie Struktur der Materie
VEB Bibliographisches Institut Leipzig, 1982.
Deadline for submission was exactly thirty years ago in March 1981.
A Euro well spent.
December 2, 2010 Comments Off on Harmonia Macrocosmica (feat. Tycho Brahe)
Care to see Tycho Brahe’s skull, currently being exhumed to learn more about his life and finally solve the mystery of his death – kidney stones? Mercury poisoning? Murder by Kepler?… More pictures on the official site.
Brahe was a pretty eccentric astronomer/alchemist. He kept a dwarf called Jepp as a court jester, had him sit under the dinner table, and thought he was able to tell the future. Brahe famously lost his nose in a duel with a Danish nobleman and had a piece of metal attached in its place. He also had a pet elk, which supposedly was given too much beer (!) at one of the many social gatherings at Brahe’s, and fell down the stairs to its tragic death… Biopic, anyone?
Here are Scans from the Harmonia Macrocosmica by Andreas Cellarius (1660/1). The first one shows Brahe’s system of planetary orbits, and in the bottom right corner, Brahe himself – nose still intact.
November 30, 2010 Comments Off on Ville Lenkkeri “The Place of No Roads”
November 21, 2010 Comments Off on Mappemonde Cordiforme… and other unusual maps
Mappemonde Cordiforme d’Oronce Fine ca. 1534, via BibliOdyssey
Dubbed “Fool’s cap Map of the World”, it remains unknown when, why and by whom it was created. Ca. 1580-1590, via Big Think | Strange Maps
Jerusalem as the center of the world, Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae, Heinrich Bunting, 1545-1606, via Dark Roasted Blend
Historical Map/chart of Italy by Girolamo Andrea Martignoni, 1721, via BibliOdyssey
Spanish illustrator Fernando Sanchez’ version of an Atlas, via Big Think | Strange Maps
Queens & Brooklyn are NYC’s balls in this Subway Map, via
If you’re interested in what cartography and literature might have in common, this book by Peter Turchi is a pretty entertaining read (with beautiful illustrations). Got me thinking about:blank…
October 25, 2010 Comments Off on Illustrated Jules Verne