Archive for the ‘forgotten books’ Category


Frog guts are beuatiful

July 25, 2008












And there’s more where that came from, including the outsides of the frogs, tadpoles and eggs, at this great BibliOdyssey post about Johann Rösel von Rosenhof’s  “Historia Naturalis Ranarum Nostratium.”


Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods

July 24, 2008

A 1910 book about funny critters that may or may not have vexed lumberjacks of yesteryear, now abailable as an online hypertext edition.



Codex Seraphinianus as a cbz.

June 17, 2008

Alot of the traffic that I get here is from folks googling the Codex Seraphinianus, about which I posted a little more than a year ago.  The post was to a flickr set that has since gone dark.  However, you can download the codex as a cbz via torrent here.  You’ll need ComicBookLover or Comical or some goddamn thing to read it.


The Snouters- Form and Life of the Rhinogrades by Harald Stumpke

November 4, 2007

…being the natural history of an adaptive radiation of small mammals whose key innovation was a remarkable nasal plasticity. Long out of print but not particularly hard to find, I’ve scanned the plates and figures and put them on Flickr. But you really owe it to yourself to scare up a copy of the book, particularly if you’re a fan of the Codex Seraphinianus, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, that kinda thing. The wikipedia treatment is pretty anemic. That’s all the time I got, fortunately for you a real blogger is more forthcoming with details and links, and has even found taxidermied specimens !(1, 2)


Otkar Stafl illustrations. Did I mention how much I like Flickr?

September 6, 2007

From a 1931 Czech childrens book, Naměsíc a ještě dál.




August 27, 2007

I finished uploading my favorite 121 images from Sea and Land. (prev)


Sea and Land by J. W. Buel, 1889

June 29, 2007

Early man contending with the plesiosaurus

I’m scanning some of the cooler illustrations and putting them in a Flickr set. I’ll be skipping the boats and landscapes and horsies and focusing on the sea monsters and dinosaurs and that kind of thing. There’s a little more than a dozen images up now, I’ll probably have about 40 images up when I’m done and it might take all summer.

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