Children's Books in a Dog House

This series of children’s books, produced around 1911, includes classic stories such as “Little Boy Blue” and “Mistress Mary.” The series is housed in a paper mache dog inspired by Buster Brown’s beloved pet in the classic comic strip.

Read Out Loud Books. Dodd & Mead, 1911. Special Collections, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.

The Dance of Death

The Dance of Death was first published at Lyons in 1538 and has undergone many editions since. It features woodcuts based on the designs of the famous Hans Holbein.

The haunting woodcuts and their accompanying verses aimed to show that Death would come for anyone, regardless of their station.

To add to the already humbling message, the book features a print of a lonely beggar crying for Death; ironically, this is the only print that does not feature Death itself.

Holbein, Hans, Hans Lutzelberger, Gilles Corrozet, and Austin Dobson. The Dance of Death. London: Chiswick Press, 1898. Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

The Faery Investigation Society

“The Faery Investigation Society has been formed for the purpose of collecting such evidence as can be obtained to show, that what are commonly known as "Fairies” actually exist.“ So begins The Faery Investigation Society Journal.

The document contains statements by members as well as records of fairy encounters–including one "Fairy Script” apparently written by a fairy itself!

Captain Craufurd, the founder of the society, compares fairies to wireless telephony. Once “ridiculed,” by 1929 wireless telephony was familiar to everyone. He insists that it would be the same with fairies, claiming that “ridicule and opposition are no answer to actual discovery.”

The Faery Investigation Society Journal of the London Lodge. London: The Faery Investigation Society, 1929. Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Witchcraft in the 17th Century

Joseph Glanvill’s Saducismus Triumphatus is a seventeenth century book on witchcraft and the supernatural. Glanvill’s book is primarily an argument in favor of his belief that witchcraft was a real and dangerous threat.

Find out more here, if you dare!

Glanvill, Joseph. Saducismus Triumphatus, Or, Full and Plain Evidence Concerning Witches and Apparitions. London: Printed for J. Collins …, and S. Lowndes 1681. Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.