only known copy


The Astronomicum Caesareum is a beautifully crafted astrolabe manual, to be used in order to calculate planetary alignment and the location of the stars. Petrus Apianus, a German court astronomer for Emperor Charles V dedicated the work to his patron. In return the emperor promoted Apianus to court mathematician and made him an imperial knight.  Seed pearls sewn into the pages, moving pieces, and dozens of drawings and diagrams make the manuscript a masterpiece. Apianus provided new commentary on Halley’s Comet (seen in 1531 and shown in the last image) and called for instruments to be used in astronomy rather than outdated calculation tables. Only 40 known copies remain in the world.


On the 152nd anniversary of the shooting of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, we share a new video about a 1933 phonograph record in The Huntington’s Library collections. The disc—which happens to be the only known copy—contains a recording of actor Joseph H. Hazelton (1855–1936) recalling Lincoln’s assassination, which he witnessed as a boy.

From “Do Not Open” on VERSO:

In his video, [Aric] Allen pieces together the curious story of the recording, Hazelton’s eyewitness account, and the value of such a historic artifact (especially curious, given that Hazelton’s recollection of the assassination was riddled with inaccuracies). In fact, the story seems particularly timely, providing a tiny window into how so-called eyewitness accounts can turn into “alternative facts.”

Winter’s Eve

“The reader and Thranduil try to figure out how to warm up.”
As requested by a lovely Anon.

Winter came rarely to the city of Mirkwood, but when it did, the trees were resplendent with frost and the forest hills a glistening carpet of snow. You kicked through the lofty piles of flakes as you traversed the wooded trails, your fur-trimmed cape wrapped tightly around you, the hood over your head to keep your cheeks from turning raw. The skirts of your cornflower blue wool gown were frozen stiff with the damp and cold, crinkling with every step.

You followed the winding path of the frozen river, pearly with ice beneath the dull white of the winter sky. It led you to a large pool of glass beneath evergreen sentinels and you walked the edge, admiring the crystallized beauty of the frost. You sighed, relishing the cold which would not last long for the everlasting summers of the elvish woodlands.

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El Lissitzky. Had Gadya (A Single Kid). Kultur-Lige. 1919.

El Lissitzky illustrated this avant-garde version of the Passover song “Had gadya” early in his career, while immersed in the Jewish cultural renaissance that flourished in Russia from roughly 1912 to the early 1920s. Lithographs with Yiddish text, this is one of only a few copies known to exist. -Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library


Kangxi – Emperorship and Power - Sotheby’s,  05-06 Apr 2016 Hong Kong

Imperial Tanxiangmu ‘Jingtian Qinmin’ Seal. Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period, 

The Imperial Soapstone ‘Yuanjianzhai’ Seal of the Kangxi Emperor Guo Fuxian - Impression from the Kangxi Baosou

Kangxi Baosou, A Complete Record of the Kangxi Emperor’s Seals. Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period

4th Qing Emperor of China  - Reign:  5 February 1661 – 20 December 1722

Description and Image from Sotheby’s:   “Bearing the inscription “Revere Heaven and Serve thy People”, the Seal of the Mandate of Heaven is the largest and most powerful ever carved for the Kangxi Emperor, the greatest and longest reigning monarch of China. The Mandate of Heaven is the philosophical tenet that Heaven granted emperors the right to rule based on their ability to govern and their righteousness and was used throughout the history of China to validate and legitimize the rule of the emperors. During Kangxi’s reign, the seal was at all times kept in the Palace of Ultimate Purity, where emperors entertained and a major venue for their policymaking.”

“The sale is a testament to the vision of the Kangxi emperor. It includes two extremely rare and important Imperial seals from the period: a massive tanxiangmu  seal carved with the characters jingtian qinmin (‘To respect Heaven and diligently serve the people’), one of a select number of seals that was carved under the reigns of Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong; and a superbly carved soapstone seal carved with the characters yuanjian zhai, the name of the Emperor’s private library. It is one of an extremely rare group of seals carved with a dragon and tiger. Both seals are recorded in the Kangxi Baosou, a complete record of the Kangxi Emperor’s seals. Commissioned in 1781 by his grandson, the Qianlong Emperor, only two copies are known, of which one is preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing…”

I just realized, Alphys and Mettaton were the only members of the human fan club. Mettaton isn’t interested in anime. Undyne only watches anime because she thinks it’s human history, and is only interested in the fighting action packed ones and ones about humans with powers, and obviously watches them with Alphys so she wouldn’t be interested in this one. We don’t know anyone that watches anime other than them. Frisk can watch anime based on your choices, but Alphys doesn’t remember she put you on undernet at this point.

All anime comes collected from the dump by Alphys. Alphys is the only one with Mew Mew Kissy Cutie 2 or whatever it is called. You can find a dvd covered in desperate claw marks in the dump, but we don’t know why Alphys left it or threw it out again.

This means when Alphys writes the review on that anime on the Undernet, she is reviewing something that she is the only person in the underground that would ever think to watch, and she either has kept for herself or just threw out and ruined the only known copy in the underground. She reviews something only she will care about and she is the only person that will review it or ever watch it in the underground. They don’t have human Internet.

Since she made the Undernet, chances are she made the ability to post reviews just so she could make a negative review on something only she will care about or experience.

Toby really made a spot on imitation of people on the Internet, didn’t he?


(Unknown). Found On The Elevator 205 W. 57th, Private Pressing. 1969. 

An inexplicable 10" record from 1969 containing a 24-minute psychedelic message from the distant future.

This recording is an “unauthorized experiment” that was made in the year 2058 C.D.S. (Carbon Dating System), a “blue verbal data feed” sent backwards in time to “retro A.D.” by Decker, T. L., index J-3, CMR 00965 of T-Group Roaring Vectors 252, a human cyborg who suffers from a malfunctioning number nine electrode in his head which causes him to have an emotional breakdown as he records this message. It’s a secret message to a past world he has trouble imagining, a retro world of foreign substances like metal, plastic, animals, soldiers. A world all “physical and slow,” “all mechanical and disunified, before major coordinations.”

An 8½" 20RPM disc containing this recording was found on the elevator at 205 W. 57th Street in New York City on February 11, 1969 by the composer Clark Gesner. The only other known copy of this record resides in Box 44 Folder 7 of the Clark Genser archive at the Princeton University Library Manuscripts Division.

Hotly Debated Estimated Lore (And History) Timeline

Sort of a rough and messy look at the timing and estimated dates of various things. These dates are all estimations and scholars still debate these things, so these are not hard quotable numbers. I have not been able to find estimations for everything. Don’t expect a complete list of lore and sagas.

I’ve also included the estimated dates of Christian conversion for various places so you have an idea of how much time passed between when the populace was no longer Heathen and when things were actually written down.

If someone has more expertise or better numbers, please let me know so that I can correct or add data.

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This still of Charlie as The Little Tramp was taken around 1920, not by an official studio stills photographer, but by Chaplin studio cameraman Jack Wilson, who had ambitions of being a portrait photographer. The photo was never used for any purpose and the only known copy was sent to Wilson’s family in Scotland where it was found many years later by Chaplin biographer David Robinson and used on the cover of his book Charlie Chaplin: His Life & Art in 1985.

Coppy waits. He watches. He desires only one thing. Human flesh. A sacrifice. Something to quench his thirst for blood, if only for a short time. And we must serve him. For we have no other choice but to offer our souls to the demonic entity only known as copy. Why did we try to play God? Was there ever truly a God? Or did he die when this world fell to it’s knees before Coppy? I have no mouth and I must scream.

After Shepard’s death, the nearly-ubiquitous Alliance recruitment posters featuring both her and the Normandy were hastily removed and modified to avoid any appearance of tastelessly capitalizing on the death of an icon (capitalizing on a victory that had cost dozens of ships, thousands of servicemen’s lives, and still-untold civilian casualties was entirely different). The new versions featured a generic Alliance frigate in the background, rather than the uniquely turian-influenced lines of the Normandy, and the dark haired woman in the foreground was altered as well, Shepard’s distinctively angular features smoothed over into something more generically attractive, bearing only a passing resemblance to the first human Spectre.

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