Author name: Jane Herriot

World’s Last Working Fore-Edge Painter

The world’s last known commercial fore-edge painter shares the secrets of his mesmerizing “vanishing” images, painted between the page edges of books, to help keep the magic of his dying craft alive. London-born vanishing fore-edge painter, Martin Frost, paints on the page edges of gold-gilded books. The pages are fanned to reveal his delicate handiwork. Today, Frost, …

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Transported

“I found myself, one gorgeous summer evening, resting by the side of a broad river, with a glorious horse-chestnut tree towering above me, and dropping its blossoms, milk-white and rosy-red all about me. As I sat, a gush of joy sprang forth in my heart, and over flowed at my eyes. Through my tears, the …

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Locks of Love

The Romantic poet and essayist Leigh Hunt (19 October 1784 – 28 August 1859) kept a scrapbook of famous people’s hair, many of them friends of his, including the social commentator William Hazlitt and poets Charles Lamb and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The collection includes hair from 21 authors and statesmen in part derived from Dr. …

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Castles in Fairyland

He took the first path he could find, and after walking for a long time he fancied he saw a faint light, and began to hope that he was coming to some cottage where he might find shelter for the night. At length, guided by the light, he reached the door of the most splendid …

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“Ring Out, Wild Bells” 

“May the bells of 2023 ring out the darkness of our land and ring in a new and gleaming light on our country and its people.” Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,The flying cloud, the frosty light:The year is dying in the night;Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the …

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Five Luminous Towers: A Book to be Read in the Dark

Carol Barton’s residency at the Bogliasco villa in Genoa, Italy, was the inspiration for Five Luminous Towers. The artist visited many towers during her stay and looked at architectural elements that distinguish the various functions towers have served throughout history. The book opens to display five pop-up towers, each illuminated by a tiny bulb, inviting viewers to …

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The Ruin

Wondrous is this wall-stead, wasted by fate.Battlements broken, giant’s work shattered.Roofs are in ruin, towers destroyed,Broken the barred gate, rime on the plaster, walls gape, torn up, destroyed,consumed by age. Earth-grip holdsthe proud builders, departed, long lost,and the hard grasp of the grave, until a hundred generationsof people have passed. Often this wall outlasted, hoary …

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