Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

On Board Noah’s Ark with Ludwig B.

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on March 19, 2009

From a group of letters from Ludwig Bemelmans to his editor at Viking Press,
Pascal “Pat” Covici, sending news of his travels, works in progress, and adventures, ca. 1938-1962.

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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