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coffeeanddonatus:

Ornamental initial capital from Stephen Sewall’s An Hebrew Grammar, Collected Chiefly from Those of Mr. Israel Lyons (Boston: R. and S. Draper, 1763)
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coffeeanddonatus:

Ornamental initial capital from Stephen Sewall’s An Hebrew Grammar, Collected Chiefly from Those of Mr. Israel Lyons (Boston: R. and S. Draper, 1763)

See the the related post here.

silentambassadors:

Dr. Johnson’s dictionary was first published on this date in 1755.  While it was not the first English dictionary, nor by any means complete (it’s no OED), he completed it in nine years, almost entirely on his own, a feat, according to Johnson biographer Walter Jackson Bate, that “easily ranks as one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship, and probably the greatest ever performed by one individual who laboured under anything like the disadvantages in a comparable length of time.”  Johnson was immortalized by James Boswell in his Life of Samuel Johnson, one of the most celebrated works of biographical art in the history of English literature.  This stamp enthusiast particularly likes Johnson’s definition of a lexicographer: “a writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.”
Stamp details:Issued on: October 8, 2009From: London, EnglandMC #2813

silentambassadors:

Dr. Johnson’s dictionary was first published on this date in 1755.  While it was not the first English dictionary, nor by any means complete (it’s no OED), he completed it in nine years, almost entirely on his own, a feat, according to Johnson biographer Walter Jackson Bate, that “easily ranks as one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship, and probably the greatest ever performed by one individual who laboured under anything like the disadvantages in a comparable length of time.”  Johnson was immortalized by James Boswell in his Life of Samuel Johnson, one of the most celebrated works of biographical art in the history of English literature.  This stamp enthusiast particularly likes Johnson’s definition of a lexicographer: “a writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.”

Stamp details:
Issued on: October 8, 2009
From: London, England
MC #2813

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Gustave Dore's illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy & John Milton’s Paradise Lost

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discardingimages:

happy unicorn and a naked virginRothschild Canticles, Flanders 14th century.
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 404, fol. 51r

discardingimages:

happy unicorn and a naked virgin

Rothschild Canticles, Flanders 14th century.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 404, fol. 51r