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Leaves from the Past by Digital Collections at the University of Maryland on Flickr.Leaves from the Past  By: Mary Rebecca Darby Smith. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott and Co., 1872.

≈ Beautiful Antique Books ≈ Mary Rebecca Darby Smith 1872 "Leaves from The Past" / Philadelphia: J. Lippincott and Co.

This month marks the 159th anniversary of Charles Baudelaire’s symbolist French poetry masterpiece, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil). T.S. Eliot called it the greatest example of modern poet…

Vintage Book Covers and Illustrations for Baudelaire’s ‘Les Fleurs du mal’

♕ European Ferns. Britten, James; (Illustrations by D. Blair)

Descriptive essay on musical instruments The Conjurer of Music. As Lara St John once said, “I am very lucky and grateful to have this living link to a past era, the violin presumably having much more.

Natural History How cool would it be if scientists still used artful forms to communicate their theories about the universe?!

Sketches of Natural History: Or, Songs of Animal Life by Mary Botham Howitt. Illustrated by Hector Giacomelli, London: Thomas Nelson and

yama-bato:    Martin Luther, “Von den Jüden und jren Lügen” (On the Jews and their Lies) Wittemberg, 1543. This beautifully crafted book with a woodcut border by Lucas Cranach belonged to the collection of texts written by Christian Hebraists donated to the LBI by Mr. Norman Blaustein, a book dealer.  http://www.lbi.org/2011/02/the-art-of-the-book-at-the-german-ambassadors-residence/

Martin Luther, “Von den Jüden und jren Lügen” (On the Jews and their Lies) Wittemberg, This beautifully crafted book with a woodcut border by Lucas Cranach belonged to the collection of texts written by Christian Hebraists donated to the LBI by Mr.

Gustav Heinrich Gans Putlitz 1870  "What the Woods Whispers to Itself" / Translated from the german "Was Sich Der Wald Erzhlt: Ein Mrchenstrauss" by E. E. H.

Gustav Heinrich Gans Putlitz 1870 "What the Woods Whispers to Itself" I like the title of the book

valscrapbook:  pearl-nautilus Maurice Maeterlinck 1909, The Blue Bird: A Play in Six Acts

Book Cover - Blue & Gold - Maurice Maeterlinck 1909 "The Blue Bird: A Play in Six Acts" / originally "L'Oiseau bleu"

William Shaw Cathcart  Disputatio Juridica  Edinburgh: 1776

Scottish Wheel Bindings CATHCART, William Shaw Disputatio juridica Edinburgh: 1776 Front cover gold on red book British Bookbindings: - Century

OliveFairyBook

The Olive Fairy Book. I loved Andrew Lang's "color" fairy books. Both the stories and the the illustrations fed my imagination. To be considered.

For the love of Books... "Das unheimliche Buch" by Karl Ebert, 1914, photo by Paul K via Flickr.

ghoulnextdoor: 'Das Unheimliche Buch' (The Eerie Book) Morocco leather Bound by Karl Ebert.Edited by Felix Schloemp. With a foreword by Karl Hans Strobl and fifteen images of Alfred Kubin.

Secret Kingdom: Archive

The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang[ edit], New York & London: Longmans, Green 1906 illustrations by Henry Justice Ford

nemfrog: Book cover. Truth. 1854.

Notebook of truth. One person writes the name of another and so begins to speak the truth only to who wrote his name in the notebook.

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Aside from this book being gorgeous, I suddenly feel as if I want to study ferns and develop a sens of them, like Smilla's sense of snow. Wouldn't that be totally quirky and awesome?