Front and side views
Black ink (0.5 & 0.2) on drafting film
“ That is the saddest part when you lose someone you love—that person keeps changing. And later you wonder, is this the same person I lost? ”
Amy Tan (via hellanne)
A Library Slide
We love this wooden slide that is slotted into a combined staircase and bookshelf of a house in Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea,
Designed by Moon Hoon.
My favorite sea monster, Rondelet’s “Scolopendre cetacée” from his 1558 L’Histoire Entière des Poissons. Rondelet claimed to have an eyewitness illustration, so it’s curious his portrait is in the same style as his other cetaceans. It was also inspired by 3rd Century tales of a similar beast from Claudius Aelianus.
Another version from Rondelet’s 1554 Libri de piscibus marinis, or more accurately a version by Alika Watteau from Bernard Heuvelmans’ 1968 In the Wake of the Sea-Serpents. On the basis of old myths and sketchy anecdotes, Heuvelmans resurrected the concept of the “cetacean centipede” — now a surviving armored basilosaurid — but it never really caught on.
The New Zealand Quail (Coturnix novaezelandiae), or koreke (the Māori name), has been extinct since 1875. The male and female were similar, except the female was lighter. The first scientist to describe it was Sir Joseph Banks when he visited New Zealand on James Cook’s first voyage. Terrestrial and temperate, this species inhabited lowland tussock grassland and open fernlands The first specimen was collected in 1827 by Jean René Constant Quoy and Joseph Paul Gaimard on Dumont D’Urville’s voyage.
Author: Buller, Walter Lawry, Sir, 1838-1906; Keulemans, J. G. (John Gerrard), 1842-1912, ill; Keulemans, J. G. (John Gerrard), 1842-1912, lithographer; Library of Congress, former owner. DSI
Subject: Birds; Birds
Publisher: London : John Van Voorst
Digitizing sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
Book contributor: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
owls-love-tea: Maruyama Okyo, Page from his Album of Sketches, ca. the 1770s