The Tradescants’ Orchard is the Boston Globe's “The Find” for July 6:
"Hundreds of years after a British book collector passed away, his volume of 66 luscious watercolors of orchard fruits has taken on a new life. The charming illustrations have been reproduced in facsimile in The Tradescants’ Orchard: The Mystery of a Seventeenth-Century Painted Fruit Book (Bodleian). Here and there, the unknown artist painted a bird, a frog, an insect, even a miniature squirrel. Were the pictures created merely for pleasure or as a catalog for a traveling salesman? The coauthors, plant scientist Barrie Juniper and art historian Hanneke Grootenboer, suggest that a new generation of detectives take up the mystery that has bedeviled them.”
Photograph: Sarah Angelina Acland, Aloe arborescens, circa 1909.
A New York Times piece on early color photography includes a mention of Sarah Angelina Acland: First Lady of Colour Photography, published in the US in November by the Bodleian Library.
From "The Natural World: The Tradescants’ Culinary Treasures" by Amy L. Tigner, in Gastronomic, Winter 2012
The Bodleian Library will publish The Tradescants’ Orchard, a collection of sixty-six watercolors by the Tradescants, in June 2013.
Don’t imagine that any nice-minded girl is going to say “yes” to such a proposition as: “Well, what about a spot of double harness, old thing?”
Check out this slideshow from the Bodleian Library’s Menswear: Vintage People on Photo Postcards—complete with detail on how to get the look—at the online weekly Mr. Porter. Menswear will publish in December in the US.
SF Signal has an extensive list of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to look forward to in September, including Brian Aldiss’s An Exile on Planet Earth, published by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford; and Sherryl Vint’s Animal Alterity, new in paperback from Liverpool University Press.
From Bicycling magazine’s Picture Perfect: Five Cycling Tomes to Grace Your Coffee Table:
"Before there was Instagram, people posed with their bicycles and exchanged the photos with family and friends. These 202 portraits, dating from 1903 to 1950, run the gamut from children showing off first bikes to a backward-trackstanding circus performer"
Through August 31, the Bodleian Library is offering a 10% discount on these and many more. To see the rest of the list and for details on how to order, please download the order form.
Jeremy Barlow, author of A Dance Through Time (forthcoming in September from the Bodleian Library), has identified five of the worst “dancefloor don’ts” for the current issue of Dance Gazette. Exhibitionism and grotesquery make the cut, as do:
Rudeness: It’s hard for a woman who refuses a request to dance, however repellent the man asking her. It’s a social minefield—but picking up your chair and dragging it across the floor, as in the 1804 engraving above, is going too far.
Clumsiness: Beware the wardrobe malfunction. Renaissance author Antonius Arena warns, ‘your codpiece must be well tied. We sometimes see codpieces slip to the ground.’
Peter Whitfield, author of Travel: A Literary History, was interviewed by the New York Times. His book covers the long history of travel writing, from the Bible to Bruce Chatwin.