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A blue man reading a book by the light of a lamp hanging from a hook attached to his hat. Marginalia from a six-volume Gradual, tempera + gold leaf + ink on parchment, Italian, circa 1460-1480 (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, ms. Ludwig VI 2).

"Pleasures of Astronomy" game, 1804.

The Elephant : A Mordant Satire on Totalitarianism by Slawomir Mrozek. Grove Press, 1962. Hardcover first edition. Cover design by Roy Kuhlman. Illustration by David Mroz. www.roykuhlman.com

Emblematic Alchemy in English verse, with an English version of the Visio mystica of Arnold of Villanova – Ripley scroll

The Digital Scriptorium is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. It bridges the gap between a diverse user community and the limited resources of libraries by means of sample imaging and extensive rather than intensive cataloguing.

Illuminated page from "The Canterbury Tales", ca. 1410

August 10: "don quixote" by pablo picasso, 1955. Drawing was made for the August 18-24 issue (No. 581) of Les LETTRES françaises, a weekly French journal, in celebration of the 350th anniversary of the publication of Cervante's Don Quixote, Part I.