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The Autobiography of Luis de Carvajal the Younger is considered the earliest extant Jewish book written in the Americas. Carvajal was a converso, or “New Christian,” in colonial Mexico who was persecuted and eventually burned at the stake by the Inquisition in 1596 for secretly practicing his Jewish faith. The manuscript, which describes Carvajal’s life and religious devotion, had been missing from the National Archive of Mexico for more than 75 years when it recently reemerged at auction. 

Soon it will return to Mexico, but right now it is on view here in New York as part of our exhibition The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World

In 1863, Jules Verne wrote “Paris in the 20th Century,” a manuscript that predicted glass skyscrapers, submarines, the technology to land on the moon, feminism, and a statistical rise in illegitimate births. His publisher rejected the story because it was unbelievable, so Verne put it in a safe - where it was forgotten until his great-grandson rediscovered in in 1989.

It was one of the first science-fiction novels written by Jules Verne, but because it was lost in a safe for over 125 years, it was the last to be published.

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For my submission to Angelica Alzona & Odera Igbokwe’s “Pepper Breath” zine, I made an illuminated spread about what Digimon meant to me and my relationship to my brother. It was so much fun to work on and I was continuously close to tears at getting to submit work alongside such wonderful people.

If you want to pick up a copy then head over here

There’s too many wonderful artists involved with it to list here, so just go ahead and do yourself a favour by getting a copy already!

Children's Doodles Found in Margins of Medieval Manuscript

The margins of a medieval manuscript from a convent in Naples, Italy, are decorated with doodles of what are apparently devils, a farm animal and a person that were likely drawn by children, a new study finds.

Children probably scribbled these doodles on the 14th-century manuscript a few hundred years after the book was made, said the study’s author, Deborah Thorpe, a research fellow at the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders at the University of York in the United Kingdom.

The drawings are a rather serendipitous find; Thorpe discovered them by chance while conducting research for another project.

“I was looking through a database of medieval manuscripts online, and I found images of these beautiful doodles in the margins, and to me they looked like they were done by children,” Thorpe said in a statement. “I thought, ‘This is really interesting, has anyone written anything about this?'’ Read more.