Standing Male Nude Study. 19th.century. Anonymous. graphite on paper. https://hadrian6.tumblr.com
Illustrations for H.P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by John Coulthart.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680), Saint Sebastian (detail)
“The arrows have eaten into the tense, fragrant, youthful flesh and are about to consume his body from within with flames of supreme agony and ecstasy.”
-Yukio Mishima describing a painting of St. Sebastian in his novel Confessions of a Mask
Legend of a Ghost (1908) dir. Segundo de Chomón
Lovecraft’s diary for the year 1925. Notes of daily activities written in a calendar memo book that includes printed maps and useful information. The first entry reads: “On December 31, 1924, I establish’d myself in a large room of pleasing & tasteful proportions at 169 Clinton St., cor. of State, in the Heights or Borough Hall section of Brooklyn, in a house of early Victorian date, with white classick woodwork & tall windows with panell’d seats.” The final entry, for January 6, 1926, reads: “Up 4 a.m. Write letters SH & AEPG. Start shopping 3:30 p.m. Belknap - out at 5 p. m.” SH is Sonia Haft Greene and AEPG is Annie E.P. Gamwell. Includes addresses for friends and record of rent paid. Inside the front cover HPL noted all his personal dimensions: height, weight, etcetera.
I was just looking at this again, and it really looks like “160” lbs. was written down as his weight, and then amended to read “150.”
Either Mr. Lovecraft had a moment of self-conscious vanity, or he lost ten pounds.
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Starry Wisdom Sect!
Circles and spirits from Praxis caballe albe et Nigre Doctor Johanni Faustii (1825).
Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum – First published in 1652, this compilation of English alchemical literature was collected and annotated by Elias Ashmole. The book made available many works that had previously existed only in privately held manuscripts, and features alchemical verse from Geoffrey Chaucer, Edward Kelley, and John Dee, among others.
Illustration by Murray Tinkelman for the 1976 Ballantine Books edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.
from A Compendium Of Demonology and Magic (c. 1775)
A selection of pages from an eighteenth-century demonology book, the full Latin title of which, Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, roughly translates to “A rare summary of the entire Magical Art by the most famous Masters of this Art.“ Written in German and Latin the book has been dated to around 1775, although it seems the unknown author tried to pass it off as an older relic, mentioning the year 1057 on the title page.