Books

Post image for Belief, Reason, and the Origins of the World in a Striking Series of 19th-Century Illustrations

Galileo and other troublemakers aside, science and religion didn’t have such a complete falling out until the 19th century.

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Post image for Lunar Mountains and Divine Spheres: 1,000 Years of Illustrating Outer Space

In a new book called Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, published this month by Abrams, Michael Benson examines over a thousand years of mapping the great beyond.

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Post image for Cats, Cans, and More Curiosities from Toy Camera History

The colorful history of toy cameras, those affordable film cameras in plastic boxes, is being celebrated in a new book.

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Fifty Shrinks by Sebastian Zimmermann

“In contrast to other medical specialists’ offices with their practical equipment of examining tables and rolling tools, the therapist’s work space has few obvious demands beyond seating for clinician and patient,” psychiatrist and photographer Sebastian Zimmermann writes in an introduction to Fifty Shrinks.

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Books

New Art Book Plays with Scale

by Allison Meier on October 1, 2014

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Big Art/Small Art by Tristan Manco, out later this month from Thames & Hudson, is an attempt to see what size means to art in the 21st century.

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Victorian natural history cloth bookbindings from the University of Toronto

The Victorian fascination with natural history combined with affordable book publishing led to some comely titles in elegant binding.

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Faith Wilding,

Despite being a craft dating back over 30,000 years, fiber work only started to get sculpturally experimental in a serious way in the 1960s and 70s.

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Post image for A Talk With Christopher Kardambikis, Artist’s Book Enthusiast

Every great museum has at least a few vitrines dedicated to the remarkable object that is the artist’s book.

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Post image for Curious Visual Guides to Victorian Pseudoscience

What if all your woes could be healed by some good thinking? Back in the 19th century, mesmerism was all the rage, merging nicely with the DIY Victorian parlor entertainment and hefty dose of quack medicine making the rounds — from questionable experiments in electricity to phrenology.

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The Sacrificial Glory of the Soviet Space Dogs

by Allison Meier on September 17, 2014

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As companions in our centuries of wandering and settling, dogs have given their loyalty blindly, in both good and bad, as sacrifices to animal testing, as scouts to survivors on battlefields, as guardians to sleep by the door at night.

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