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flavorpill:

These books are all perfectly suited for your shortened spring-time attention span, and will leave you plenty of time for sunny adventures.

50 Incredible Novels Under 200 Pages

leslieseuffert:

House of Ismay

House of Ismay offers since 2008 brooches using old book pages retrieved, cut and pasted in various forms, corresponding with the talent original books at the image of “Of Mice And Men” by John Steinbeck.

erikkwakkel:

smcdwer:

'Galdrakver': Lbs 143 8vo (1670).

This seventeenth-century Icelandic parchment manuscript has been called Galdrakver, which can be translated as ‘little book (or booklet) of magic’. I thought I would share it since another of my posts on an Icelandic book of codes and runes has been so popular.

This small manuscript has a soft leather binding from the mid-nineteenth century (seen in the last photo). The slim volume, written on animal skin, contains many diagrams, such as the ones seen in these photos, alongside prayers, charms, and related texts. The first 7 folia of the manuscript (not pictured here) contain hymns.

The book was owned at one point by Hannes Finnson, who we know was born 8 May 1739 and died 4 August 1796 at age 57. He was the Bishop of Skálholt in southern Iceland, and some 95 different manuscripts have been associated with him (listed here).

All pages of the manuscript can be seen here, at Handrit.ishttp://handrit.is/en/manuscript/imaging/is/Lbs08-0143#0000r-FB.

Lovely and functional binding around the Icelandic “little book of magic”.

meedean:

morbidlizard:

notzilon:

Hey tumblr, have you ever thought to yourself, “dang it’d sure be cool to set a project in something other than the current times,” but when you go to look up references on google, all you get is a horrible historical pastiche of days gone by?

Well boy howdy, do I have a reference for you!

The Wishbook Web has scans of entire consumer catalogs from past decades, ranging from the early 30s to the late 80s. Each catalog has pages upon pages of reference of clothing, accessories, and shoes for all ages, as well as toys, gadgets, and all sorts of junk that you might buy for yourself or your loved ones. While the website exclusively has Christmas catalogs, the photos and illustrations show products that you could use year-round.

SO MANY REFS OMG…

I’d like to add on top of this that all of the issues of Life Magazine (1936-1972) are available via Google Books and they are just a wealth of photography, advertisement, culture, and history. There are just some really neat glimpses into history here, especially powerful when you browse through and you can see the issues leading up to wars, and then finally the first issue after a war begins—and you know what all is going to happen (I recommend the Dec. 22, 1941 issue, it’s such a strange mix of shocking reaction to news, propaganda, hope and advertisements that act like nothing’s going on).

It’s not like looking at a history book and just reading a timeline, it’s the reactions of real people at that time, in print. It’s so neat!

roachpatrol:

alldragonsconsidered:

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen for quite some time.  The artwork is breathtaking.  

YOOOOOO

mediumaevum:

After 90 Years, JRR Tolkien’s Translation of Beowulf Will Finally Get Published
Before he was a fantasy author, JRR Tolkien was an incredibly gifted linguist with a focus on early Old English and Norse. Now, we’ll get to see more of his translation work first hand, because his version of the 10th century epic poem Beowulf will soon be available.
Read on
The Guardian
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mediumaevum:

After 90 Years, JRR Tolkien’s Translation of Beowulf Will Finally Get Published

Before he was a fantasy author, JRR Tolkien was an incredibly gifted linguist with a focus on early Old English and Norse. Now, we’ll get to see more of his translation work first hand, because his version of the 10th century epic poem Beowulf will soon be available.

Read on

The Guardian

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ohsoromanov:

Library of Knowledge

↳ A collection of 75 DK Eyewitness free ebooks this way. Enjoy!

fuckyeahvikingsandcelts:

16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways
It’s not everyday you see a book that can be read in six completely different ways, and this small book from the National Library of Sweden is definitely an anomaly. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel, this 16th century text has a special sixfold dos-à-dos (or “back to back”) binding with strategically placed clasps that makes it possible for six books to be neatly bound into one. This particular book contains devotional texts, including Martin Luther’s Der kleine Catechismus, which was printed in German between the 1550’s and 1570’s.
While it could be hard to keep your place in this book, you can’t ignore that the engineering of it is quite a feat. In the age of the Kindle, Nook, and iPad, it’s a nice reminder of handcrafted ingenuity.

fuckyeahvikingsandcelts:

16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways

It’s not everyday you see a book that can be read in six completely different ways, and this small book from the National Library of Sweden is definitely an anomaly. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel, this 16th century text has a special sixfold dos-à-dos (or “back to back”) binding with strategically placed clasps that makes it possible for six books to be neatly bound into one. This particular book contains devotional texts, including Martin Luther’s Der kleine Catechismus, which was printed in German between the 1550’s and 1570’s.

While it could be hard to keep your place in this book, you can’t ignore that the engineering of it is quite a feat. In the age of the Kindle, Nook, and iPad, it’s a nice reminder of handcrafted ingenuity.

angelclark:

How To Read A 223-Page Novel In Just 77 Minutes 

Spritz is a company that makes a speed-reading technology which allows you to get through a mass of text, reading every word, in a fraction of the time it would take if you were turning the pages of a book or swiping through a Kindle.

The basis of Spritz concept is that much of the time spend reading is “wasted” on moving your eyes from side to side, from one word to the next. By flashing the words quickly, one after the other, all in the same place, eye movement is reduced almost to zero. All that’s left is the time you take to process the word before the next one appears.

The company is selling licenses for other companies who might want to use the technology in operating systems, applications, wearables, and websites. Obviously, the tiny screen of a smart watch instantly springs to mind.

But the real revelation of Spritz is in trying it yourself.

explore-blog:

New favorite site: Corpus Libris, which applies the concept of analog augmented reality to book covers. Best thing since Sorted Books.

(via this isn’t happiness)

onegirlinalltheworld:

let me explain you a thing about these books.
these are the first two books in the engelfors trilogy, written by sara b elfgren and mats strandberg. they follow the lives of six young girls with newfound magical powers, and the evils that they have been chosen to defeat.
if you’re following me, there’s a pretty good chance that these books have literally everything you want. girls who love their families, girls who are afraid of becoming their mothers, girls who are struggling to get by on their own. girls who are friends with each other. girls who are in love with each other. girls with complicated relationships, girls who respect each other, girls who understand each other. girls who study and girls who party - girls who are treated with equal respect by the narrative. girls who cry. girls who sweat. 
and that’s not even touching on most of the plot points. magic and mentors, teenage rebellion, body-switching, familiars, villains of ambiguous morality… it’s all just really, really good, and you should read it.
these books are followed by a third, the key, which has been released in sweden but not in canada or the US just yet (the first two are available - find them here!) but seriously, read these books. you won’t be disappointed.

onegirlinalltheworld:

let me explain you a thing about these books.

these are the first two books in the engelfors trilogy, written by sara b elfgren and mats strandberg. they follow the lives of six young girls with newfound magical powers, and the evils that they have been chosen to defeat.

if you’re following me, there’s a pretty good chance that these books have literally everything you want. girls who love their families, girls who are afraid of becoming their mothers, girls who are struggling to get by on their own. girls who are friends with each other. girls who are in love with each other. girls with complicated relationships, girls who respect each other, girls who understand each other. girls who study and girls who party - girls who are treated with equal respect by the narrative. girls who cry. girls who sweat. 

and that’s not even touching on most of the plot points. magic and mentors, teenage rebellion, body-switching, familiars, villains of ambiguous morality… it’s all just really, really good, and you should read it.

these books are followed by a third, the key, which has been released in sweden but not in canada or the US just yet (the first two are available - find them here!) but seriously, read these books. you won’t be disappointed.