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Sep 24 '14
onestarbookreview:

Banned, all Chicago Public Libraries, 1928 for “depicting women in strong leadership roles.”

onestarbookreview:

Banned, all Chicago Public Libraries, 1928 for “depicting women in strong leadership roles.”

Sep 24 '14
vintageanchorbooks:

Celebrate Banned Books Week by reading a banned book.

vintageanchorbooks:

Celebrate Banned Books Week by reading a banned book.

Sep 8 '14

via innerbohemienne:

The Codex Gigas

The Codex Gigas (or ‘Giant Book”) is also known as “The Devil’s Bible.” A curious illustration of Lucifer gives the tome its nickname.

The 13th-century manuscript is thought to have been created solely by a Herman the Recluse, a monk of the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice near Chrudim in Czech Republic. The calligraphy style is amazingly uniform throughout, believed to have taken 25 to 30 years  of work. There are no notable mistakes or omissions.  Pigment analysis revealed the ink to be consistent throughout. The book is enormous - it  measures 36.2” tall, 19.3” wide, and 8.6” thick; it weighs approximately 165 pounds. There are 310 vellum  leaves (620 pages).  The leaves are bound in a wooden folder covered with leather and ornate metal.

The manuscript is elaborately illuminated in red, blue, yellow, green and gold.  The entire document is written in Latin, and also contains Hebrew, Greek, and Slavic Cyrillic and Glagolitic alphabets. The first part of the text includes the Vulgate version of the Bible.  Between the Old and New Testaments are Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews and De bello iudaico, as well as Isidore of Seville's encyclopedia Etymologiae and medical works of Hippocrates, Theophilus, Philaretus, and Constantinus.  Following a blank page, the New Testament commences.

Beginning the second part is a depiction of the devil.  Directly opposite is a full picture of the kingdom of heaven, juxtaposing the “good versus evil.”  The second half, following the picture of the devil, is Cosmas of Prague's Chronicle of Bohemia.  A list of brothers in the Podlažice monastery and a calendar with necrologium, magic formulae and other local records round out the codex.  Record entries end in the year 1229CE.

In 1648 at the end of the Thirty Years’ War, the Swedish army invaded Prague and the Codex was stolen as plunder.  It is now held at the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm.  For more information, check out this short National Geographic documentary and/or flip through this digital copy.

( Wikipedia entry, et. al)

Several short National Geographic videos ~

One Helluva Book

Who Wrote The Devil’s Bible?

Super-human Scribe

The Devil’s Bible - Part 1.flv  (9:59) (derived from full video bleow)

The Devil’s Bible - Part 2.flv  (9:59) (derived from full video below)

** If you have the least amount of intellectual curiosity or interest in history, the short vids above will only whet your appetite: might as well grab a cold drink & some popcorn, then settle in to watch the whole thing ~

NatGeo : The Devil’s Bible - Full video  (44:58)

(Source: bhilluminated.wordpress.com)

Sep 7 '14
houghtonlib:

Why was the 17th century London bookbinder who created this spectacular binding known as the “Naval Binder”? Find out more in our latest Houghton Blog post.
EC65.B6595.695m 
Houghton Library, Harvard University

Wow. That is phenomenal!

houghtonlib:

Why was the 17th century London bookbinder who created this spectacular binding known as the “Naval Binder”? Find out more in our latest Houghton Blog post.

EC65.B6595.695m

Houghton Library, Harvard University

Wow. That is phenomenal!

Sep 6 '14
Sep 5 '14
bookpatrol:

The Reader’s Path by Jeremiah Morelli

bookpatrol:

The Reader’s Path by Jeremiah Morelli

Sep 4 '14
Genius #book #marketing from Waterstones.  Well done!

Genius #book #marketing from Waterstones.  Well done!

Aug 27 '14
Aug 26 '14

houghtonlib:

Hirschvogel, Augustin, 1503-1553. Geometria, 1543.

Typ 520.43.454

Houghton Library, Harvard University

Aug 24 '14
"The best way to get kids to read a book is to say: ‘This book is not appropriate for your age, and it has all sorts of horrible things in it like sex and death and some really big and complicated ideas, and you’re better off not touching it until you’re all grown up. I’m going to put it on this shelf and leave the room for a while. Don’t open it."
 Philip Pullman (via abookblog)