December 4, 2012

teencenterspl:

The Picture Letters of Beatrix Potter

(via 336bc)

December 3, 2012

thevictorianlady:

His list of favorite poets includes “myself” and his favorite occupation is “reading my own sonnets”.

Oh Oscar.

Ladies and gentlemen, Oscar Wilde.

(Source: lord-dandy, via thefourthship)

December 2, 2012
asymptotejournal:

amandaonwriting:

Niccolò Machiavelli, Il Principe, original manuscript (1513)

J-PB

asymptotejournal:

amandaonwriting:

Niccolò Machiavelli, Il Principe, original manuscript (1513)

J-PB

(via thefourthship)

November 29, 2012

Mark Twain’s handwritten manuscript pages of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

(Source: bookshavepores)

November 23, 2012
naranjitoo:

Marcel Duchamp - Tzanck Check (1919)

Unable to pay his American dentist, Daniel Tzanck, in cash, Duchamp crafted and signed a false cheque written to the amount he was billed. Delighted by the gift of a real-life signed Duchamp piece, Tzanck kept the cheque for many years until, so the story goes, Duchamp bought the artwork back (at a far greater sum than the fee for his cavity fillings).
Across the middle in red is the word ‘ORIGINAL’, which plays on the authenticity of the check as a legal promissory note but also speaks to this check’s status as a unique art object, signed by the artist. Art historian Katy Siegel notes in Art Works: Money (2004) that the signature is both the “ultimate proof of identity” and “a promise to pay — the essence of credit. The signature…assures the buyer that the aesthetic and social value created by the artist is contained within it.” 


(via literarypiano)

naranjitoo:

Marcel Duchamp - Tzanck Check (1919)

Unable to pay his American dentist, Daniel Tzanck, in cash, Duchamp crafted and signed a false cheque written to the amount he was billed. Delighted by the gift of a real-life signed Duchamp piece, Tzanck kept the cheque for many years until, so the story goes, Duchamp bought the artwork back (at a far greater sum than the fee for his cavity fillings).

Across the middle in red is the word ‘ORIGINAL’, which plays on the authenticity of the check as a legal promissory note but also speaks to this check’s status as a unique art object, signed by the artist. Art historian Katy Siegel notes in Art Works: Money (2004) that the signature is both the “ultimate proof of identity” and “a promise to pay — the essence of credit. The signature…assures the buyer that the aesthetic and social value created by the artist is contained within it.” 

(via literarypiano)

November 22, 2012
gettingoutourdreams:

Burgess deliberating about whether an epilogue is necessary.

gettingoutourdreams:

Burgess deliberating about whether an epilogue is necessary.

(via bourgeoisdecadences)

November 17, 2012
theparisreview:

T. S. Eliot manuscript.

theparisreview:

T. S. Eliot manuscript.

November 16, 2012

mianoti:

Vincent Van Gogh

Letters to Émile Bernard (some fragments)

full collection

November 15, 2012
nevver:

Kurt Cobain’s Handwritten Top 50 Albums List

nevver:

Kurt Cobain’s Handwritten Top 50 Albums List

November 14, 2012
cartulary:

Excerpt from Dracula manuscript, Rosenbach Museum and Library
I share a birthday with this influential Irish author (who is also the subject of the Google Doodle today), so I thought I’d share this.  The Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia holds Stoker’s notes for his famous (and infamous) novel — I’m pretty sure it has to be the institution described at the very end of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian under another name.

cartulary:

Excerpt from Dracula manuscript, Rosenbach Museum and Library

I share a birthday with this influential Irish author (who is also the subject of the Google Doodle today), so I thought I’d share this.  The Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia holds Stoker’s notes for his famous (and infamous) novel — I’m pretty sure it has to be the institution described at the very end of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian under another name.