Books

Post image for The Pre-Columbian Origins of Mexico’s Modernist Architecture

In his monograph Pyramid, published by Toluca Éditions, photographer Pablo López Luz explores the pre-Columbian influence on modernist architecture in Mexico.

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Post image for Praise the Lord! The World’s Oldest Bible Goes on Display at the British Museum

For only its second time on loan, the earliest known Bible is going on view this October at the British Museum.

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Post image for The Books that Taught American Women to Camp in the Early 20th Century

Books aimed at women on pitching tents, cooking on campfires, dressing for hikes, and surviving in the wild were published in the United States, as more and more women went out into the woods.

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Post image for Illustrated Guides to Camping Like an Early-20th-Century American

The Rare Book Room of the New York Academy of Medicine Library in East Harlem has a trove of printed materials connected to camping and outdoor recreation in the early 1900s.

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Post image for Too Fragile to Open, World’s Oldest Multicolor Printed Book Is Digitized

The 17th-century Manual of Calligraphy and Painting (Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu) is so fragile that until digitization no one was allowed to open it.

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Post image for Surreal Photographs of Chinese Amusement Parks in Hibernation

Italian photographer Stefano Cerio has captured ski resorts at night, empty cruise ships, drained water parks, and, most recently, the uncanny bleakness of China’s off-season amusement parks and other constructed entertainment.

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Post image for Dusting Off Victorian Science Specimens, from Two-Faced Kittens to Slug Models

After 25 years of collecting contemporary art, George Loudon’s eye was caught by a display of 19th-century glass flowers at Harvard University.

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Post image for The Grainy Doom of the Apocalypse on Film

Whether a bang of nuclear annihilation or the slow creep of a pandemic, our potential end-of-world wastelands have their own bleak visual language.

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Post image for Borrowing Books from Sculptural Micro-Libraries

With the rise of e-books challenging public interest in printed matter, some community libraries have scaled down their collections while others are championing physical tomes through unexpected creative endeavors.

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Post image for Oldest Fragment of Koran Found in UK Library

A 1,370-year-old section of the Koran possibly dating back to the life of Mohammed has been discovered in central England.

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