Horse Laughs (1891)

Remarkably strange little book on account of much of the humour being lost over the passage of time – often resulting in surreal, if not somewhat disconcerting, lit…more

Napoleon’s Oraculum (1839)

Apparently consulted by Napoleon “before every important occasion” the fortune-telling Oraculum was originally discovered in one of the Royal tombs of Egypt during …more

The Last American (1889)

Short future history novel from John Ames Mitchell (1845–1918). First published in 1889, it is the fictional journal of Persian admiral Khan-Li, who in the year 2…more

English As She Is Spoke (1884)

Intended as a Portuguese-English conversational guide or phrase book, but is regarded as a classic source of unintentional humour, as the given English translations…more

Wonderful Balloon Ascents (1870)

A wonderful book of balloon travel tracing the rise of “Balloonomania”, the huge fad in hot air balloons that originated in France in the late 18th century and cont…more

Letters From A Cat (1879)

A fun little book made up of letters written by a cat to her owner, authored by H.H. the alias of Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, an American writer who became an activis…more

Quarles’ Emblems (1886)

Francis Quarles was an English poet most famous for his emblem book originally published in 1635. This 19th century edition has been embellished with new illustrati…more

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