30.5.11

The enigmatic canons of Juan del Vado


A page from a musical score book of enigmatic canons by composer Juan del Vado (1626 - 1691), completed between 1677 and 1679 and given as a gift to Juan José de Austria, the brother of Charles II, for usage in his royal chapel.


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27.5.11

Denis Diderot: Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers



Published over the course of more than twenty years (1751-1777), the 32 volumes of the Encyclopédie include 21 volumes of text with more than 70,000 articles on subjects ranging from asparagus to the zodiac. The remaining 11 volumes contain beautifully engraved plates illustrating many of the articles. The Encyclopédie was the major achievement of the French Enlightenment whose aim, in Diderot's words, was to "change the common way of thinking" through the expansion of knowledge and the development of critical modes of thought.

Read more, and also see all the engravings at:
http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/did/

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14.5.11

Le sphere de monde: proprement dicte Cosmographie



Oronce Fine's "Le sphere de monde: proprement dicte Cosmographie: manuscript", 1549. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
http://pds.lib.harvard.edu/pds/view/18260773

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10.5.11

African marionettes




http://www.randafricanart.com/Bamana_marionettes.html

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Typografische monatsblätter, issue June-July 1968




See a collection of spreads from the typographic journal, complied from various issues of the year 1968, on Sébastien Hayez's Flickr stream here >>>

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8.5.11

Carl Jung's Red Book

When Carl Jung embarked on the extended self-exploration he called his 'confrontation with the unconscious', the heart of it was "The Red Book", a large, illuminated volume he created between 1914 and 1930. Here he developed his principal theories - of the archetypes, the collective unconscious and the process of individuation - that transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned with treatment of the sick into a means for higher development of the personality. While Jung considered "The Red Book" to be his most important work, only a handful of people have ever seen it. Now, in a complete facsimile and translation, it is available to scholars and the general public, also through amazon.

An image showing 6 double pages from the book can also be seen as part of an article on Jung at the New York Times website here >>>



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1.5.11

Kris Kuksi




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