Eighteenth-century books are known for their long titles, and this one is a doozy: The eight volumes of letters writ by a Turkish spy, who liv’d five and forty years undiscover’d at Paris Giving an Impartial Account to the Divan at Constantinople, of the most Remarkable Transactions of Europe: And, Discovering several Intrigues and Secrets of the Christian Courts (especially of That of France) Continued from the Year 1637, to the Year 1682. Written, originally, in Arabick. Translated into Italian, from thence into English: And Now Published with a Large Historical Preface and Index, to Illustrate the Whole. By the Translator of the First Volume. According to scholars, the first volume of “Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy” published in 1684 in Paris was the work of Giovanni Paolo Marana, 1642-93. This image is from a 1707-8 edition.
For more on 18th-century spies and espionage, read the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles:
Is There a Turk in the Turkish Spy?
Cryptogrammatophoria: The Romance and Novelty of Losing Readers in Code
“A perfect Retreat indeed”: Speculation, Surveillance, and Space in Defoe’s Roxana
Trading Sex for Secrets in Haywood’s Love in Excess
Kew’s IncrEdibles festival presented the Illustrations Team with a fabulous opportunity to search Kew’s collections of botanical illustrations to find references for the royal fruit … - the pineapple - as librarian Julia Buckley explains.
More about the history of the pineapple!
A silver Candlestick, with girandoles, with two arms; it is in the newest taste; it is extremely rich in chasing and engraving.
This Candlestick is the work of M. Bouty, Merchant Silversmith, that we have already introduced. - Cabinet des Modes, 11e Cahier, 3e Planche
The 18th-century engravings showing designs and architecture are so detailed and intricate. Beautiful, and at the same time the design books remind me a bit of the Sears catalog.
Cutaway view of 18th-century architecture: “Section of Wansted House,” from the book Colen Campbell, Vitruvius Britannicus: or, the British architect. Containing the geometrical plans of the most considerable gardens and plantations; also the plans, elevations and sections of the most regular buildings, not published in the first and second volumes. With large views in perspective, of the most remarkable edifies in Great Britain. Engraven by the best hands in one hundred large folio plates (London: Joseph Smith, 1725). This book is enormous, so the photo gets a little wobbly around the edges, owing to the binding and not being able to hold the camera far enough away from the page.
For more on 18th-century architecture, see the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles:
Gendering Rooms: Domestic Architecture and Literary Acts
This image comes from an llustrated version of the really sad poem by Thomas Gray, “Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes” (1748). If you want to read the entire poem, see http://www.potw.org/archive/potw90.html. The ode ends with a line sampled from Shakespeare, as many of his fans were wont to do in the 18th century.
For more on sampling, editing, forging, and other forms of “appreciation” in the 18th century, see the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles, which are free to read on the journal’s archive.
Forging a Romantic Identity: Herbert Croft’s Love and Madness and W.H. Ireland’s Shakespeare MS
Fact, Fiction, and Anonymity: Reading Love and Madness: A Story Too True (1780)
La Place’s Histoire de Tom Jones, ou l’enfant trouvé and Candide
True Crime: Contagion, Print Culture, and Herbert Croft’s Love and Madness; or, A Story Too True
More ruins! This book is very large in size, not just page number, and also has a tight binding, so sometimes photographing the engravings is a challenge. I left these “au naturel” so you could see the lighting issues I have to deal with in the basement archives. From the book Henry Boswell, Historical descriptions of new and elegant picturesque views of the antiquities of England and Wales: being a grand copper-plate repository of elegance, taste, and entertainment. Containing a new and complete collection of superb views of all the most remarkable ruins and antient buildings, such as abbeys, castles, monasteries, priories…(London: Alex. Hogg, 1786).
For more on antiquities in 18th-century Britain, read the following Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles:
`The Little Republic’ of the Family: Goldsmith’s Politics of Nostalgia
Publication: Eighteenth-Century Fiction
Undersea life from 18th-century exploration books, mainly fishes. I think that “toad fish” looks more like a porcupine puffer than what is today called a toad-fish, and the cuckold-fish is likely the horned trunkfish (aka cowfish).
Can’t come up with a good segue to some Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles, so will just post the results of a random search in the Digital Commons archive: searched “pirate.”
Penelope Aubin and Narratives of Empire
Crown: “I lost a head”; Guillotine: “I’ve found one” (1793)
Well, this is exciting. 14,000 images (and archival material, including what looks like all of the Archives Parlementaires) from Revolutionary France now available online via the French Revolution Digital Archive at http://frda-stage.stanford.edu/
This is such great news! Access to amazing resource of images!
Birds in early American paintings (1700s). I am all about the birds in paintings this morning.
Nicola Cassisa, Still Life of Flowers with Birds beside an Ornate Sculpted Fountain, 18th century
More spectacularly colored birds in 18th-century paintings … So gorgeous.