1. theparisreview:

    “With all the terrible sinners in Florence and the disastrous state of politics in the city, what’s left there for Dante to like at all?” 

    Our recap of Canto 25 of Dante’s Inferno.

  2. jergobardley:

    Flannery O’Connor Sitting Under Her Self-Portrait

    (via biblioklept)

  4. magictransistor:

    Theodoor Galle. Veridicus Christianus. 1603.

    Incautious Gaze, Heresy, More Pernicious than Plague, Demons, Devils and Heretics, The Insanity of the World, Death, Judgement, Hell and Heaven (top to bottom).

  5. magictransistor:

    Giovanni Battista de’ Cavalieri, Female figure with pendulous breasts, short arms, standing on hind legs with a similar smaller figure on her back (1585).

    (Source: bestiology.livejournal.com)

  6. magictransistor:

    Telman von Wesel (c.1503-1510)

  7. magictransistor:

    Ulisse Aldrovandi

  8. magictransistor:

    Jan SaenredamIn, Beached Whale near Beverwijk in 1601 (Engraving and details), North Sea, Netherlands, c. 1602.

  9. magictransistor:

    Edward Topsell, The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents (Woodcuts), published in 1658.

  10. magictransistor:

    Tiger Tateishi. Wordless Comic. 1970s.

  11. magictransistor:

    The Book of Wonders of the Age (St Andrews), 17th or 18th century, Persian manuscript, Iran.

    (Source: standrewsrarebooks.wordpress.com)