Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Riding the Moon Bats to Saturn

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on December 15, 2008

A marvelous volume from a genre of speculative lunar travel around the turn
of the 20th century:

Ville D’Avray, A. de. Voyage dans la lune avant 1900. Paris: Librairie Furne, Jouvet & Cie, 1892.

Starring M. Baboulifiche and his manservant, Papavoine:

They encounter lizards hiding in mussel shells:

A moon cyclops who steals their umbrella:

But then they take a ride on moon bats to Saturn:

where they encounter much more friendly natives:

Before, well . . . being eaten alive by lizards, but that image is a bit too ghastly to post.

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The Real Adventures of Tintin

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on November 12, 2007

A volume collecting all 108 parts of an serial published in France, 1933-1935 featuring a hero named Tintin . . .

 

who has many adventures, including firing a gun while hanging by a rope:

rescuing fellow aerialists:

diving into Niagara Falls:

and being caught up in an opium den!

before he is reunited with his loving sister:

  

But wait!

There’s more thrilling adventure in the sequel,
which puts our hero in Outer Space . . .

where he battles a Cyclops:

and holds a strange larva in his hand:

  

But that’s not all!!!

In both issues, the lucky reader gets prizes!
In the first part, a model plane to assemble:

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In the second part, a model space ship with a cutaway view:

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and a thematic game:

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Shades of Chris Ware!

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Monster Piglet

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on July 19, 2007

Pierre LEGENDRE. Crackville. Paris. Ancienne Librairie Furne. 1898

Pierre LEGENDRE. Crackville. Paris. Ancienne Librairie Furne. 1898

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