This unassuming octavo is a 1652 copy of John Hoddesdon’s compiled Tho. Mori vita & exitus, or, The history of Sr. Thomas More, sometime Lord High Chancellor of England.  Hoddesdon was an unsuccessful writer and later turned to trade in 1658.  His life of Sir Thomas More was reissued in 1662 perhaps to pay off his debt (Hodson, ODNB). Apparently Hoddesdon’s book is not as thorough or complete as the reader thought it should have been (or maybe he really was just a terrible compiler).  The last leaf of the book features additional witty sayings by Sir Thomas More left out by Hoddesdon.  The reader did not make any other notes—only adding his or her thoughts at the end.

Jillian S.

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I am now taking preorders for people who would like signed copies in North America . (Please note, if you plan on going to merfest, I’ll be doing separate orders for merfest and will deliver them to you while I’m there!)

Buy a signed copy from me with a print- 30$ (same as last year), or if you’d like a tracking number 36$ (to cover the extra fees I have to pay for international tracking) to anywhere in North America. If you’re international I’ll charge a flat rate of 40$ and if there’s anything left over (as the tracking price will vary) it will be donated to the charity my book is sponsoring. I plan on donating 2$ from every purchase to Hope For Wildlife

Want to add the first Fishy Business to your order? I’ll throw in a paperback copy as well for 13$ USD

I am expecting copies to arrive after the proofing process, by the end of the month. Then I will mail them out and they should get to you within the first or second week of October depending on where you are.

You can place an order by emailing me raina at rainamermaid dot com and I will send you a paypal invoice!

I’ll be taking preorders until Thursday September 25th, so get em in quick

Ezra Stoller (1915 - 2004)

Ezra Stoller was born in Chicago in 1915, grew up in New York and studied architecture at NYU. As a student, he began photographing buildings, models and sculpture; in 1938, he graduated with a BFA in Industrial Design. In 1940-1941, Stoller worked with the photographer Paul Strand in the Office of Emergency Management; he was drafted in 1942 and was a photographer at the Army Signal Corps Photo Center. After World War II, Stoller continued his career as an architectural photographer and also focused on industrial and scientific commissions. Over the next forty years, he became best known for images of buildings.

Many modern buildings are recognized and remembered by the images Stoller created as he was uniquely able to visualize the formal and spatial aspirations of Modern architecture. During his long career as an architectural photographer, Stoller worked closely with many of the period’s leading architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Rudolph, Marcel Breuer, I.M. Pei, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier and Mies van der Rohe, among others.

His archive of more than 50,000 images is a record of industry and innovation, expressed through the muscular buildings, busy factory workers, and sweeping lines of mid-century America. Shooting in both color and black-and-white, Stoller was exquisitely attuned to the buildings and spaces he photographed - framing them with precise attention to vantage point, lighting conditions, and the unique qualities of their form. He could effectively encompass an entire architectural work, or the sweep of a factory floor, or break them down into magnificent details and poetic visual fragments.

Stoller died in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 2004, at 89 years of age.


The Human Chimaera by Andrew L. Paciorek

Containing over 100 original pen & ink portraits alongside biographic text, The Human Chimaera is an indispensable guide to the greatest stars of the circus sideshows and dime museums.
Includes a foreword by John Robinson of Sideshow World.

20% Discount until September 20th 2014 - Just add code PRINT33 at checkout at - http://www.blurb.com/b/5567832-the-human-chimaera

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Just one more thing today on faculty member Allen Shawn. This one, a conversation with his brother Wallace Shawn where they discuss Leonard Bernstein in a video advance of Shawn’s upcoming biography, Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician. We dare you not to read the book after watching this interview.


American composer and conductor, known for his years as music director of the New York Philharmonic, and for his works ranging from classical compositions to musical theater, most notably the music from West Side Story. Born to Jewish immigrant parents, he fell in love with music at a young age, and eventually studied it at Harvard. He was thrust into the spotlight in 1943 when he replaced a suddenly ill conductor for a nationally broadcast concert. From that springboard, he enjoyed a long and successful career, conducting symphonies around the world and composing his own works. He also hosted a series of televised lectures which popularized classical music throughout American homes. Though he had a number of affairs with men, Bernstein was happily married for 25 years. This changed in 1976 when he decided to live openly with his boyfriend, then returned to his wife a year later when she became ill. He wasn’t open about his sexuality until later in life, but Bernstein was often open about his liberal views, which included being anti-war, pro-Black Panther Party, and pro-rock and roll.



Painting. Mother Teresa Juliana, called “the negrita of Salamanca” (+ 1748), supposed daughter of the king of “la Mina Baxa de el Oro” (Guinea), Dominican at the Convento de las Dominicas Duenãs at Salamanca, in adoration.

SOR TERESA CHICABA—the African nun of Salamanca who spent several years in a sequestered monastery after her enslavement—represents the embodiment of the Black Diaspora. Born around 1676 presumably somewhere off the coast of Mina in West Africa (the part that comprises present-day Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria), captured and enslaved at the age of nine, transported somehow to Spain, and purchased by the Marchioness of Mancera (wife of the Marquis), Chicaba’s story weaves together a series of narratives—about the racial, religious, and national identities of Africans and Europeans in the eighteenth-century—that are difficult to unravel.

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Faculty member Allen Shawn speaks to Tablet about his new biography: Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician, wherein he examines Bernstein’s life and career and draws a picture of what distinguished Bernstein’s music, how Jewishness affected his world view, and the reasons Bernstein’s oeuvre didn’t register in Shawn’s own musical education—and why it should have. Listen in


Van Gogh’s biography as a graphic novel

Vincent van Gogh is arguably one of the world’s most popular artists and a man who led a turbulent, tragic life in pursuit of his dreams. 

A brief but tumultuous time in his life, the year or so the artist spent in Arles, south of France, is the focus for the graphic biographical novel by the Dutch writer and illustrator Barbara Stok. Her vibrant clear storytelling evokes the energy, colour and passion of Van Gogh’s work, reinterpreting some of his most acclaimed paintings.  

Barbara Stok’s drawing style has a unique quality – it is simple, almost childlike – and this very simplicity gives her the ability to distil a scene down into its root nature with an elegant clarity. 

An affectionate tribute to the “tortured artist” is merely a brief snapshot into his troubled life, but it’s more than enough to give us a clearer understanding of the drive behind some of the most admired works of all times. Behind every work of art there is a human being trying to make sense of the world and find their place in it.

"Vincent" was officially commissioned by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.



Polish art deco painter, glamorous socialite. Born to a wealthy family in Poland, she escaped to Paris with her husband in 1918, where she immediately began to pursue painting. Her style borrowed from the deconstructed forms of the cubists, combined with the sleek decadence of art deco. Well known for her scandalous sexual appetite along with her art, she was constantly having affairs with men and women, and fell into a circle of notable bisexual women including Vita Sackville-West and Colette. In 1939, she moved to America with her second husband to escape WWII, and became a favorite artist among the Hollywood set. Her work fell out of favor in the 1960s, only to find a new surge of popularity shortly before her death.

Anonymous Artist

Prince Louis Aniaba

Print for Illustration for Trajes de la Ordenes Religiosas y Militares: Gran Maestre del Orden de la Estrella de Na Sra (en Africa) segun andaba en la Corte de Francia.

France (c. 1780)

Engraving, Print on Paper; 350 x 230 mm.

At the end of the seventeenth century, Louis Aniaba was the protege of Louis XIV, and the first black officer in the French army.

See also:

An African Prince at the Court of the Sun King by Phillipe Halbert

Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French by Christopher L. Miller, p. 32-36

Sylvia Plath, poet and writer
  • Sylvia Plath, poet and writer
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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography podcast: Sylvia Plath, poet and writer

In March 1962 Plath wrote a verse play for radio, Three Women, on the subject of childbirth. It was at this time, as Hughes later wrote, that ‘the ghost of her father’ returned to haunt her and the chilling, deeply disturbing voice of her Ariel poems began to assert itself. She realized her desire as recorded in her Boston journal to write poetry of ‘real situations behind which the great gods, play the drama of blood, lust and death’. Aurelia Plath visited Devon in summer 1962, just as Plath and Hughes had begun to keep bees—an activity which drew Plath still closer to the memory of her father. Other poems written during this period, including ‘Crossing the Water’ and ‘Berck-Plage’, are full of images of the sea and drowning. About this time Plath had a car accident, caused by her blacking out. She had run off the road onto a disused airfield but was not seriously hurt.

The story of Sylvia Plath is one of over 200 episodes available from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’s podcast archive. New episodes are released every second Wednesday.

Image: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. CC-BY-SA-2.0 via Flickr.

Study Tag -- from Med-Student Cranquis

So pequalsmd tagged me in this “study tips” thingy, specifically: I tag: cranquis (throwback tips lol)”… ??!

"Throw-back tips", eh, you young whippersnapper? Well then, let’s throw back this entire post to Younger Cranquis (since I’ve already figured out how to communicate with him at age 20), and see how he would’ve replied to this post during medical school… 

You ready to step in here, Med Student Cranquis?


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