Some books are to be tasted,
others to be swallowed,
and some to be chewed
Sir Francis Bacon
There stands by the wood-path shaded
A meek little beggar maid;
Close under her mantle faded;
She is hidden like one afraid.
Yet if you but lifted lightly
That mantle of russet brown,
She would spring up slender and sightly,
In a smoke-blue silken gown.
For she is a princess, fated,
Disguised in the wood to dwell,
And all her life long has awaited
The touch that should break the spell;
And the Oak, that has cast around her
His root like a wrinkled arm,
Is the wild old wizard that bound her
Fast with his cruel charm.
Is the princess worth your knowing?
Art by Arthur Herbert Buckland
Florence Kate Upton (1873 – 1922)
was an American-born English cartoonist
and author most famous for her Golliwogg
series of children's books.
The Golliwog (originally spelled Golliwogg)
began life as a story book character created
by Florence Kate Upton. Upton was born in 1873
in Flushing, New York, to English parents who
had emigrated to the United States in 1870.
She was the second of four children.
When Upton was fourteen, her father died and,
shortly thereafter, the family returned to England.
For several years she honed her skills as an artist.
Unable to afford art school,
Upton illustrated her own children's book
in the hope of raising tuition money.
In 1895, her book, entitled
"The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg",
was published in London.
Upton drew the illustrations, and her mother,
Bertha Upton, wrote the accompanying verse.
The book's main characters were two Dutch dolls,
Peg and Sarah Jane, and the Golliwogg.
The story begins with Peg and Sara Jane,
on the loose in a toy shop, encountering
"a horrid sight, the blackest gnome."
The little black "gnome" wore bright red trousers,
a red bow tie on a high collared white shirt, and
a blue swallow-tailed coat.
He was a caricature of American black faced
minstrels - in effect, the caricature of a caricature.
She named him Golliwogg.
"The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg"
was immensely popular in England, and
Golliwogg became a national star.
For the next fourteen years, Bertha and
Florence Upton created a total of thirteen books
featuring Golliwogg and his adventures,
travelling to such "exotic" places as Africa and
the North Pole, accompanied by his friends,
the Dutch Dolls. In those books the Uptons put
the Golliwogg first in every title.
What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails
That's what little boys are made of !"
What are little girls made of?
"Sugar and spice and all things nice
That's what little girls are made of!"
A Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
And a strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,
an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction
and photography in a thrilling reading experience.
Written and directed by Ransom Riggs.
The Book of Hours was a devotional book popular
in the later Middle Ages.
It is the most common type of surviving
medieval illuminated manuscript.
Like every manuscript, each manuscript book of hours
is unique in one way or another, but most contain
a similar collection of texts, prayers and psalms,
often with appropriate decorations,
for Christian devotion. Illumination or decoration
is minimal in many examples, often restricted to
decorated capital letters at the start of psalms
and other prayers, but books made for wealthy
patrons may be extremely lavish, with full-page miniatures.
BNF - L'Aventures des écritures. Matières et formes :
Livre d’heures à l’usage d’Amiens
When all the world is young, lad,
And all the trees are green;
And every goose is a swan, lad,
And every lass a queen;
Then hey, for boot and horse, lad,
And round the world away;
Young blood must have its course, lad,
And every dog its day.
by Charles Kingsley, Water Babies
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all,
One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all
and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!!!
Book collecting is an obsession,
It is not a hobby.
Those who do it must do it.
Those who do not do it,
think of it as a cousin of stamp collecting,
a sister of the trophy cabinet,
bastard of a sound bank account
a weak mind.
by Jeanette Winterson
This is a revised and rewritten edition,
with many new illustrations,
of the study first published in 1997.
It provides nique insights into the Newlyn art colony
and the world of the Victorian professional artist.
Walter Langley (1852-1922)
was a pioneer of the remarkable colony
of artists drawn to the south-west corner of Cornwall
in the 1880s. Working mainly in watercolour,
and a sympathetic and unsentimental recorder
of the hard lives of the Newlyn fisherfolk,
Langley made his name especially through a series
of memorably dramatic watercolour and oil paintings.
Included in this new edition are also examples
of the artist’s powerful charcoal drawings.
Walter Langley (June 8, 1852 – March 21, 1922)
was an English painter and founder
of the Newlyn School of plein air artists.
He was born in Birmingham.
The painting 'Among the Missing' is
one of the objects chosen to represent
Cornwall in the BBC's 'History of the World' project.
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe—-
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!”
The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea—-
“Now cast your nets wherever you wish—-
Never afeard are we”;
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam—-
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;
‘T was all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought ‘t was a dream they ‘d dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea—-
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one’s trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three: