Victorian Natural History

Do you ever play the internet rabbit hole game where you let a series of links take you to unplanned places?  That's exactly what I do when I have some free time to spend dinkin' around on the web.  Nothing is more mellow than curling up on the couch with a fluffy blankie, a cup of tea next to me, and my laptop ready and rarin' to go.  You can really wind up in some spectacular places when you have no plans of what to look for.  I find some of the coolest stuff this way!  My latest adventure happened while I was reading an article on the art of the binding of Victorian Natural History books and clicked though a related link to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library's Fickr page.  What a neat place!  I simply adore books, both old and new, so this was a crazy-cool resource to browse through.  It archives all sorts of rare books and manuscripts, as well as a good deal of art and photographs.  I would highly recommend heading over there yourself and giving it a look.  Some of my favorites were the Victorian Natural History books (which can be both beautiful and macabre), the Chinese Propaganda Paper-cuts (I have mad respect for paper cut art), and the Charles Henry Douglas Clarke Photographs (which contain beautifully intimate pictures of Canadian life during the 20th century).  

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all images courtesy of Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library Flickr.

all images courtesy of Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library Flickr.

What's the most interesting or inspiring thing you've ever stumbled upon?  I bet the opportunities are endless!