Friday, January 30, 2009

Dada documents

a remarkable collection of various Dada documents with text, at the The International Dada Archive by University of Iowa Libraries [link]

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Maps of the 'New World'

TabulaTerre Nove (The Admiral's Map) - by Martin Waldseemuller. published in Strasbourg, 1513. [link]

Americae Pars Magis Cognita Chorographia nobilis & opulentae Peruvanae Provinciae, atque Brasiliae - by Theodore De Bry. published in Frankfurt, 1592. [link]

Maris Pacifici quod vulgo Mar del Zud - by Abraham Ortelius. published in Antwerp, 1595. [link]

Americae Sive Novi Orbis Nova Descriptio - by Abraham Ortelius. published in Antwerp, 1595. [link]

Descripcion De Las Yndias Ocidentales - by Antonio Herrera y Tordesillas. published in Madrid, 1601. [link]

America septentrionalis - by Hendrik Hondius. 1631. [link]

La Division De L'Ocean Du Nouveau Monde - by Philip Briet. published in Paris, 1648. [link]

Amerique Septentrionale Divisee en Ses Principales Parties - by Hubert Jaillot, Renier Ottens, and Josua Ottens. published in Amsterdam, 1694 [link]

by Anon, c. 1700. [link]

Americam utramque - by G. van Keulen. published in Amsterdam, c. 1710. [link]

L'Amerique Divisee En Tous Ses Pays Et Etats dressée sur de nouveaux memoires et sur les derniers - by Jean Janvier and Pierre Longchamps. published in Paris, 1754. [link]

America settentrionale divisa ne' suoi principali stati - by Antonio Zatta e figli. 1785. [link]

Charte Von America... - by Franz Ludwig Gussefeld, Homann Heirs, and Christoph Fembo. published in Nuremberg, 1813. [link]

links (where these maps were found)
-Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps - amazing collection of maps for sale [link]
-The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789 @ the Library of Congress [link]
-Charting North America: Maps from the Lawrence H. Slaughter Collection and Others @ NY Public Library [link]
-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Historic Map collection [link]
-more map links @ Digital Librarian [link]

Saturday, January 17, 2009

1895 Calendrier Magique Lithographs

Colored Lithographs by Manuel Orazi. A rare piece of occultist ephemera, printed in an edition of 777 copies to commemorate magic for the coming year of 1896. Each double page spread mimics the Christian calendar in some respect (name days, iconography). The document is at once a spoof and an attempt to chart the year of magic. Its surviving interest resides in the extravagant and compelling illustrations, especially the full-page right hand plates, by Manuel Orazi (from the Fantastic in Art & Fiction collection from Cornell University)

This red text page is also the colophon / naked hag with book open in lap, sitting on stool, within circle set with candles; gold flames; pentagram, star of David.

owl carrying keys; bat carrying seal

diagram of solar system; listing of dates for days of the week; chant / naked women at Sabbat; satan as winged anthropomorphous goat

sun with cloud interior indicating cardinal directions; charts; spells / bearded man holding up open book; death gazing down; naked woman in foreground

chart of days of week; pentagram with broken circle; le maudit blaspheme / dark angel, naked; moon and skyline

star of David; medieval frieze: procession of priests and nobility; tarot card The World / skeleton of king in coffin; single candle; crowns, sword, staffs, orb

tree; chalises; frog; bird; love potion / exhibitionist bat-winged woman; necromancer gazing, gesturing into glowing cauldron, with familiar strutting on his head

poem; frog / naked woman in arms of dark man; feminine demons coming from smoke of extinguished candle; creatures of the night

laboratory instruments; poem / Alchimist lying on floor of his laboratory, black cat at his feet

chalice on table with legs, ears / woman lying prone on table with chalice on back; men in dark robes around her; satan as goat

charts; poem / demon rolling past moon; procession of dark-robed people into cemetary; abracadabra

charts, bound demon / entranced naked woman crouched down looking upon embers of crosses burning within a circle, a demon is just visible in the smoke

calendar chart; spell / naked old man sitting, creating voodoo doll; bird-like demon silhouetted by moon; hand gripping sword; row of dolls; heart pierced by nails, knife

poem ‘le Héraut’; calendar chart; star diagram with suns at points, labeled: l’être est, réalité, justice, raison, vérité / man in ecclesiastical garb, bearing flag with crosses, holds forth an opened message with broken seal; figures tied to stakes and village rooftops in background

chart or various good end evil spirits; chart of planetary influences upon hours of the days of the week; lions; owl; snake; bird food / chart of the good and bad spirits/influences that can be magically used on the different days of the week

see the entire Fantastic in Art & Fiction collection [here]
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