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The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite by James Nasmyth
1874 ; 189 Pages
Peering through a self-made telescope, James Nasmyth sketched the moon’s scarred, cratered and mountainous surface. Aiming to “faithfully reproduce the lunar effects of light and shadow” he then built plaster models based on the drawings, and photographed these against black backgrounds in the full glare of the sun.
Extraordinary Encounters: An Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrials and Otherworldly Beings
2000 ; 310 Pages
For the extraterrestrial enthusiasts, this book is "the first ever illustrated A-Z encyclopedia to explore these fascinating modern day beliefs, personalities, beings, and events.
The Dodo and Its Kindred or The History, Affinities, and Osteology and Other Extinct Birds
1848 ; 201 Pages
"This seminal 1848 monograph sets out to separate the myth from reality regarding perhaps the world's most famous extinct bird.
The Hasheesh Eater: being passages from the life of a Pythagorean
1857 ; 371 Pages
An "autobiographical book by the American novelist and journalist Fitz Hugh Ludlow in which he describes his altered states of consciousness and philosophical flights of fancy while using a cannabis extract.
Mythical Monsters by Charles Gould
1886 ; 430 Pages
An exploration into all beasts fabled, fabricated, fantastical, and fanciful, from across the world, including the Chinese and Japanese Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix, and the spate of Sea Serpents sighted off the 19th century New England coast.
Protect Yourself (The Secrets Of Unarmed Defense) - Brooks Mendell
1944 ; 85 Pages
"In perfecting this system of self-defense in hand-to-hand combat, it has been the writer's goal to make available to anyone a simple set of defense measures designed to be used in any emergency where one's person is in danger of physical assault.
Researches, Chemical and Philosophical: Chiefly Concerning Nitrous Oxide by Humphry Davy
1800 ; 582 Pages
"In 1799 Humphry Davy, the young English chemist and inventor and future president of the Royal Society, began a very radical bout of self experimentation to determine the effects of inhaling nitrous oxide, more commonly know as "Laughing Gas".
A Treatise on Adulteration of Food and Culinary Poisons and Methods of Detecting Them.
1820 ; 398 Pages
The adulteration of food, as this book is testament to, is a far from recent phenomenon. "This groundbreaking work - written in English by a German scientist named Frederik Accum who lived in London from 1793 to 1821 - marked the beginning of an awareness of need for food safety oversight.
Walker Evans Florida: 52 Images Photo Book with words by Robert Plunket
2000 ; 80 Pages
"American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975) is best known for his portraits of Depression-era America, a number of which were included in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), his famous collaboration with writer James Agee.
Mazes and Labyrinths: A General Account of Their History and Development
1922 ; 354 Pages
William H. Matthews’ Mazes and Labyrinths, published in London in 1922, is itself labyrinthine: a vast and richly illustrated encyclopaedic portrait of these mysterious phenomena across time and space; from the Minotaur of Crete to the great cathedrals of Medieval France to the stately homes and spiritual nuclei of England.
20,000 Leagues under the Sea Re-Release Pressbook 1963
1963 ; 28 Pages
For Hollywood history buffs, you will enjoy this pressbook's great collection of a decade's worth of media from the 1954 classic that was 1954 American Technicolor science fiction-adventure film and the first feature shot in CinemaScope.
The Leiden Aratea: Ancient Constellations in a Medieval Manuscript
1988 ; 36 Pages
"This is a guide to a ninth-century astronomical treatise, the Aratea, on loan from the University of Leiden and exhibited at the Museum.
Kittens and Cats: A First Reader
1911 ; 84 Pages
"If this delightful, yet also slightly creepy, book is anything to go by then taking photos of cats and brandishing them with an amusing caption was far from being a phenomenon born with the internet.
Ancient Herbs in the J. Paul Getty Museum Gardens
1982 ; 98 Pages
"Martha Breen Bredemeyer, a San Francisco Bay area artist, was inspired to paint two dozen of The Getty Villa's garden’s herbs.
131 Magic Tricks For Amateurs: Hundreds of Magic Secrets and Routines
1958 ;157 Pages
This is a fantastic vintage instructional pictorial magic book on old and "new" magic tricks for those wanting to learn and entertain audiences, friends and family. Includes over 700 illustrations. "Practice...and keep your secrets!"