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12 Year Sickness

Major Tales of Berseria spoilers

Being one of the three considered major rare diseases in the world according to one of the books at the library in Loegres, the 12 Year Sickness is described as follows:

『十二歳病』……発熱を繰り返し生後十二年で死亡する奇病。人ならぬ者を見たためにかけられた“呪い”ともいわれる

“12 Year Sickness” …… a rare disease in which the afflicted experiences fever repeatedly and will die 12 years after their birth. It is also said that it is a “curse” cast upon the afflicted for seeing those who are not human.

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The influence that the classics have had on the world is timeless. In MU’s Special Collections and Rare Books department, there are a variety of texts that have been translated and transmitted in order to carry so many of these classical stories through time. This has enabled artists and authors alike to be inspired by these texts and give their own interpretations to the stories.

A perfect example of this and one of my personal favorites from our signature collection is our copy of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. Published in 1934 by the Limited Edition’s Club and translated by Gilbert Seldes, this particular edition is illustrated by none other than Pablo Picasso.

The Limited Editions Club, founded by George Macy in 1929, was a publishing company whose goal was to give classical literature a new spin with limited illustrated editions. Macy hired many illustrators and artists of the time to participate in his projects such as: Arthur Szyk, Edmund Dulac, Thomas Hart Benton, Henri Matisse, and of course Pablo Picasso.

With fifteen hundred copies printed, Lysistrata is one of the more popular books published during Macy’s time containing not only Picasso’s illustrations but also his signature. The illustrations include six original etchings along with thirty-four line block reproductions of his work, and is the only example of an American publication of any of Picasso’s original etchings.

Macy had the following to say about Picasso’s work for Lysistrata:

“To illustrate Lysistrata, Picasso has given us six etched copperplates and forty pencil drawings. Each plate, each drawing, bears witness to his mastery of method and technique. His line is sure, confident; it cries out to the world that the man who drew it knows what he was about. And the line is pure, it is that sort of line of which even the Greeks used to say that this is “pure Grecian line.”

An artist from Malaga, Spain, Picasso created beautiful pieces reflecting many different styles. Though he is often remembered as an abstract artist and one of the founders of cubism, the time between the years 1918 and 1927 was deemed his “classical period”. During this time, he created works such as “Three Women at the Spring” (1921) and “The Pipes of Pan” (1923). A truly remarkable artist both of his time and still today. His contribution to this particular edition makes it a rarity worth checking out!

- Kayla T.

Lysistrata / by Aristophanes ; a new version by Gilbert Seldes ; with a special introduction by Mr. Seldes ; and illustrations by Pablo Picasso. New York : The Limited Editions Club, 1934. MU Ellis Special Collections Rare Vault PA3877 .L8 1934

ISIS Burns 8,000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul

While the world was watching the Academy Awards ceremony, the people of Mosul were watching a different show. They were horrified to see ISIS members burn the Mosul public library. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned.

“ISIS militants bombed the Mosul Public Library. They used improvised explosive devices,” said Ghanim al-Ta'an, the director of the library. Notables in Mosul tried to persuade ISIS members to spare the library, but they failed.

The former assistant director of the library Qusai All Faraj said that the Mosul Public Library was established in 1921, the same year that saw the birth of the modern Iraq. Among its lost collections were manuscripts from the eighteenth century, Syriac books printed in Iraq’s first printing house in the nineteenth century, books from the Ottoman era, Iraqi newspapers from the early twentieth century and some old antiques like an astrolabe and sand glass used by ancient Arabs. The library had hosted the personal libraries of more than 100 notable families from Mosul over the last century. Read more.

I’m working on repairing some tears in MSU’s copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle, and came across this illustration on the verso of folio CLVIII. I have no idea what is happening and I don’t speak Latin. Does anyone know what’s happening? I would also love to hear your guesses!

The world’s oceans abound with a truly astonishing diversity of life forms. Beginning some 400 years ago, European voyages of discovery began mapping the globe, and knowledge of ocean life flourished as never before. These explorers documented their discoveries in illustrated books—by sketching their own specimens or collaborating with artists and engravers—resulting in images that communicate the anatomy, life cycles, habits—and sheer beauty—of newfound marine species. 

The exhibition, Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History, includes 46 exquisite reproductions from 33 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works. 

Learn more about this exhibition.

Nat’s Progressive Characterization (think before you hate).

Natasha Romanoff is human too! She’s allowed to show her emotions and like or even love another being. Her character is allowed to develop and evolve over time! It’s natural and that’s what keeps an ongoing story as complex and intriguing as the films of the MCU alive. My god, I’m actually impressed that they explored so many sides of her (her dark, horrific upbringing, her insecurities, her love and protectiveness towards children, her loyalty to her friends, her desires) while staying true to her badass, witty, and passive aggressive personality, like we see in TWS. 

Count your blessings that the only female avenger, excluding Scarlet Witch, is giving so much thought, which is rare in a conventionally male-driven comic book world. AOU explores what makes her human and not a tool or weapon. For once she isn’t forced to do anything. Everything she does is completely her decision therefore why question its substance?

Natasha never compromises her vital, heroic role in the film for love. She risks her life rescuing the cradle after agreeing with Bruce that she wants to run away with him. She stays in the fight while he stays out of it and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be an Avenger and also letting herself fall in love. She first, thinks of the mission at hand, kissing Bruce and then fighting alongside him to “finish the job” and be a hero. Ultimately, Nat literally pushes Bruce, encouraging him to do the right thing (to save the day) as she trusts the hulk completely to protect civilians. She is the driving force of Bruce’s actions. Then she keeps her promise of running away with him, only as Scarlet states, “It’s bad timing” and this tragic yet interesting, open ending leaves her character emotionally vulnerable yet strong and willing to embrace her heroism and duty to the Avengers, where she knows she belongs. 

In no way, does her relationship with Bruce impede her abilities and characterization throughout the MCU. it is a natural transition that takes place after a friendship and bond forms (one that is up to the imagination).

If you’re basing your hate of the portrayal of her character on the fact that heaven forbid she falls for another human being: Bruce Banner, who is in fact, one of the only people who truly gets her and shares her pain, then that’s truly shallow and you are entitled to your opinions, but you have missed the point.

This connection only empowers both characters and makes them even more compelling and dynamic, for future installments. In Civil War, I can imagine that she will be as determined and heroic as ever and after going through such a whirlwind of emotion, opening up to Bruce, and allowing herself to depend and love another human, her character will definitely be more honest and open to others. She is on a route to redemption with a dream of being an Avenger and she will probably give Bruce the space she knows he needs from the world and the fight. They deeply respect each other and there’s still room for them to grow on their own and then be heroes together.The evolution of her character will only continue to unfold and change as she is confronted with new situations and her deep dedication to a certain physicist. 

When Cap first told Bruce that Nat, “isn’t the most open person in the world”, this made sense from our knowledge of her in TWS but after AOU, this was proved no longer the case as she bared her past, her feelings, and desire for autonomy and control over her own actions and future to Bruce Banner. AOU is a middle film within the MCU and a turning point for Nat’s character. So if you’re hoping that she returns to her cold, deceptive facade, that’s not going to happen so easily considering she’s done with the bullshit and taking orders and her character still has multiple films left.  

All in all, Nat takes a great personal risk in AOU, that’s anything but easy for her, lowering her walls, and thinking about herself, what she wants in life, and what she deserves which is understanding and a connection (Love), which she was deprived of as a child with no parents, friends, or people to trust. She was never enough and was always pushed past her limits in an act to dehumanize her and make her accept that she “has no place in the world”, no reason to live, no reason to love, or have a family. 

So, no this isn’t some stupid, came out of nowhere, thoughtless, and distasteful ship that has no buildup or reason to exist that Joss Whedon pulled out of thin air.

It has a definite reason, you just need to look closer. 

ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul, Iraq

While the world was watching the Academy Awards ceremony, the people of Mosul were watching a different show. 

They were horrified to see ISIS members burn the Mosul public library. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned.

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One piece Chapter 847 SPOILER

Source and credits : Sandman (Ap) (source: Shitaraba) Spoilers are released earlier because tomorrow is a Holiday in Japan, I may be wrong, but I think chapter should likely come out as usual on thursday.

Chapter title is Luffy and Big Mom

Chopper and Carrot get captured by Brulee in Mirror world. Carrot is about to be thrown into a boiling furnace.
Chopper (Heavy Point) is tied up, but this situation is what he had planned. He can be free if he transforms and he can even use Monster Point.

In the library in Whole Cake Castle, Big Mom shows a book to Vinsmokes.
Many rare living creatures all over the world are confined in the book due to Mondour’s ability.
Judge points out that he has not seen Giants in Totland.
Big Mom shows hatred toward the word “Giants”.
Big Mom’s subordinate reports that they have bring Luffy and Nami.

Luffy and Nami are confined in the prison in the book. They start talking with Big Mom via Den Den Mushi.

Big Mom tells Luffy that she will open the legendary treasure box from Fishman Island (probably that bomb…) in Tea Party tomorrow.

Big Mom gets enraged to hear from Nami that Lola was fine since Lola had escaped from the largest political marriage.
Big Mom says that she would have defeated Kaidou, Shanks and Whitebeard and become Pirate King if Lola had accepted the wedding.

Luffy says,

“What a dumb story, Big Mom.
It was Lola who decided not to get married. It is you who haven’t become Pirate King yet!
I’ll pick a fight with you once again! Just because you are Yonkou, don’t act like you are great!
I’ll bring back Sanji! We’ll win in the end!!”

Big Mom is pissed off.

Pedoro’s plan starts.

Brook “Now let’s begin a special live concert in Yonkou Big Mom’s castle!”

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Went to trade in a few things at Half Price Books and I was stopped dead in my tracks when I spotted these magnetic bookmarks!  And yes, I bought them. Sadly, they didn’t have a Thorin :( . I get so excited when i spot hobbit merch in the real world.  It’s so rare.

Then I went to check out the books and found my favorite version of the Hobbit cover.  I didn’t buy this, but I may actually have to go back for it.  It’s just so horrible that I adore it.