1. Hereford Cathedral Library (UK),  chained books.

  2. bodyandlight:

    Friedrich August von Ammon.

    Klinische Darstellung der Krankheiten und Bildungsfehler des menschlichen Auges (Berlin 1838 - 1847, four volumes)

    (via ffactory)

  3. unhistorical:

    January 13, 1898: ”J’accuse" is published.

    Émile Zola’s letter denouncing the French government for its anti-Semitism was directed at the president of France, Félix Faure, and it was published on the front page of future Prime Minster Georges Clemenceau’s newspaper L’Aurore for all of France to read. By this time, Alfred Dreyfus, the Jewish French artillery officer who had been publicly stripped of his rank after being found guilty of treason, had spent three years on the penal colony on Devil’s Island. In that period of time, new evidence linking an entirely different figure to whatever acts Dreyfus had been charged with was exposed, kicking off a debate over anti-Semitism that split the country.

    Zola’s letter was one important part of that debate; it began with this line:

    Would you allow me, in my gratitude for the benevolent reception that you gave me one day, to draw the attention of your rightful glory and to tell you that your star, so happy until now, is threatened by the most shameful and most ineffaceable of blemishes?

    Zola went on to describe what he called a “stain on [France]’s cheek” - the faulty case made against Alfred Dreyfus that led to his unjust conviction, the anti-Semitism of the French government, and the acquittal of the actual perpetrator of treason, whose guilt had been covered up. He made his arguments so strongly that the government would have to sue him for libel, which he knew full well; by being brought to trial, Zola would in turn force the government to reveal their weak case against Dreyfus and new evidence that might work in his favor. Zola was convicted of treason in February of 1898 but fled to England in order to escape jail time, confident in his own statement that “The truth is on the march, and nothing shall stop it.” The truth marched on, and in 1906, Dreyfus was completely exonerated, and he was even awarded the Légion d’honneur. As far as Zola’s involvement was concerned, Dreyfus’ triumph was a triumph for the modern intellectual and his or her new influence on society.

    (via hiromisshi)

  4. (Fonte: aphromosia, via corallorosso)

  5. class-struggle-anarchism:

    Happy Birthday Nicola Sacco, anarchist martyr

    Today is also the birthday of Immanuel Kant (as well as Lenin’s one).

    (via class-struggle-anarchism)

  6. wiccan-wisdom:


    An old old tree // Jonathan!

    (via a-crooked-stick)

    Taggato #trees #roots #moss
  7. subsolar:

    Super awesome opal cubes!!

    (via scenecursewhim)

    Taggato #opal
  8. Koninklijke Bibliotheek  (“Royal Library”, the national library of the Netherlands), The Hague.

  9. I too would like a certain comfort in my hammock.

    (Fonte: weheartit.com, via secfromdisaster)

  10. karakuri-toshokan:

    Medieval Apocalypse - The Black Death (BBC Documentary)

    Black Death, a plague epidemic that ravaged Asia and Europe in the mid 1300’s. It is believed that as many as 75 million people died from the disease. In Norway, numerous farms destroyed.

    The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350. Although there were several competing theories as to the etiology of the Black Death, recent analysis of DNA from victims in northern and southern Europe indicates that the pathogen responsible was the Yersinia pestis bacterium, which causes the Bubonic plague, although these were different, previously unknown ancestral variants of those identified in the 20th century

    The Black Death is thought to have started in China or central Asia, before spreading west. It is estimated to have killed 25 million people or 30% of the population of China. The plague then travelled along the Silk Road and reached the Crimea by 1346. From there, it was probably carried by Oriental rat fleas living on the black rats that were regular passengers on merchant ships. Spreading throughout the Mediterranean and Europe, the Black Death is estimated to have killed 30–60 percent of Europe’s population. All in all, the plague reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million to between 350 and 375 million in the 14th century.

    Trigger Warning: Contains corpses since there’s a bit of forensics. Viewer discretion is advised.

    Link: Youtube

    (via anthrocentric)

  11. euo:

    stab wound to the heart

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  13. cigarmeetings:

    Homer knows!

  15. historical-nonfiction:

    The Great Pyramids of Giza, as you’ve never seen them before — at the edge of a sprawling metropolis and the vast desert.

    Is not the desert that usually threatens the human settlements? Here is the urban desertification that is engulfing the pyramids..

    (Fonte: demilked.com, via scenecursewhim)