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Micromégas by Voltaire (1752)

Early sci-fi short story by Voltaire recounting a visit to Earth by Micromégas, an inhabitant of a distant planet which circles the star Sirius, and his companion …more

The Athenian Oracle (1820)

A sort of 17th-century version of Quora, in which readers could ask a panel of experts any question at all, from why do horses neigh, to what death is….more

17 Numbered Lists from History

17 Numbered Lists from History (or, 17 numbered lists that will restore your faith in humanity, specifically in its ability to make numbered lists)….more

A Meditation upon a Broomstick (1711)

A classic piece of parody from the great Anglo-Irish satirist and author of Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift. The particular butt of Swift’s sharp pen in this ins…more

George Wither’s Emblem Book (1635)

The emblem book of English poet, pamphleteer, and satirist George Wither (1588 – 1667). Wither was employed by a London publisher called Henry Taunton to write Engl…more

The Blossoms of Morality (1806)

As the subtitle proclaims, this book originally published in the late 18th century is “intended for the amusement and instruction of young ladies and gentlemen”. Th…more

The Accidents of Youth (1819)

Through a series of short stories and wonderful engravings, this book is aimed at keeping young people out of trouble and “calculated to improve [their] moral condu…more

Emblems Ancient and Modern (1699)

Beautiful 17th century book showing various emblems with mottos described in German, Latin, French and Italian, and the emblems themselves described only in German….more