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Selected Leaves of Codex Gigas, A 148, unknown creator, unknown location, undated via National Library of Sweden, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

“The Codex Gigas or the Devil’s Bible at the National Library in Stockholm is famous for two features. First, it is reputed to be the biggest surviving European manuscript. (Codex Gigas means ‘giant book’.) Secondly, it contains a large, full page portrait of the Devil.” - National Library of Sweden

"The origin of the Codex Gigas is unknown.” - National Library of Sweden

Today’s #dadagram is actually a single invitation! Une bonne nouvelle, or Good News, is an invitation to American artist Man Ray’s 1921 Dada exhibition in Paris that promised (or requested) “no flowers, no crowns, no umbrellas, no sacraments, no cathedrals, … no metric system,” etc. [xfN6537 R3A4 1921a] #uiowa #specialcollections #libraries #dada #dadainvitation #manray #dadaatiowa #exhibition #20thcentury

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For her entry into the biannual Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark, Swedish artist Susanna Hesselberg installed this ominous library that plumments into the ground like a mining shaft. While visually arresting, the piece has a somewhat somber intention. Titled “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down,” the artwork makes reference to lyrics from Laurie Anderson’s song World Without End. The piece joins an additional 55 sculptures on display right now at the 2015 Sculpture by the Sea through July 5, 2015. (via Hyperallergic)

How to Read More: The Simple System I’m Using to Read 30+ Books Per Year

Warren Buffett, the man commonly referred to as the greatest investor of the 20th century, was standing in front of 165 wide-eyed students from Columbia University.

One of the students raised his hand and asked Buffett for his thoughts on the best way to prepare for an investing career. After thinking for a moment, Buffett pulled out a stack of papers and trade reports he had brought with him and said, 

“Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” 

Buffett estimates that 80 percent of his working hours are spent reading or thinking. It’s enough to make you ask, 

“Am I reading enough books?”

When I asked myself that question recently, I realized that there were some simple reasons I wasn’t reading as much as I would like to, and I developed a reasonable system that is helping me read more than 30 books per year.

Let me explain…

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271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book
"In 1692 an artist known only as "A. Boogert" sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors."

“Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction, the color book was intended as an educational guide. The irony being there was only a single copy that was probably seen by very few eyes.

It’s hard not to compare the hundreds of pages of color to its contemporary equivalent, the Pantone Color Guide, which wouldn’t be published for the first time until 1963.”

The entire book is viewable in high resolution here, and you can read a description of it here (it appears E-Corpus might have crashed for the moment). The book is currently kept at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France. (via @erikkwakkel)” - via Colossal