By: John Ruskin (1819-1900)
|The Elements of Drawing In Three Letters to Beginners|
The Stones of Venice, volume 1
The Stones of Venice is a three-volume treatise on Venetian art and architecture by English art historian John Ruskin, first published from 1851 to 1853. Intending to prove how the architecture in Venice exemplified the principles he discussed in his earlier work, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, Ruskin examined the city in detail, describing for example over eighty churches. He discusses architecture of Venice's Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods, and provides a general history of the city as well...
|Lectures on Architecture and Painting Delivered at Edinburgh in November 1853|
|The Poetry of Architecture Or, the Architecture of the Nations of Europe Considered in its Association with Natural Scenery and National Character|
|Stones of Venice [introductions]|
|Modern Painters, Volume 1 (of 5)|
|Lectures on Art Delivered before the University of Oxford in Hilary term, 1870|
|A Joy For Ever (And Its Price in the Market)|
|The Harbours of England|
|Ariadne Florentina Six Lectures on Wood and Metal Engraving|
|Giotto and his works in Padua An Explanatory Notice of the Series of Woodcuts Executed for the Arundel Society After the Frescoes in the Arena Chapel|
|Aratra Pentelici, Seven Lectures on the Elements of Sculpture Given before the University of Oxford in Michaelmas Term, 1870|
|On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature|
|On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2) A Collection of Miscellaneous Essays and Articles on Art and Literature|
|Love's Meinie Three Lectures on Greek and English Birds|
|Our Fathers Have Told Us Part I. The Bible of Amiens|
By: William Morris (1834-1896)
|Hopes and Fears for Art|
By: William Dean Howells (1837-1920)
|The Landlord at Lion's Head|
Coast of Bohemia
William Dean Howells is at his iconoclastic best in this exploration of bourgeois values, particularly in the clash between respectable society and the dubious bohemian world of Art and Poetry. Cornelia Saunders has everything going for her in her middle-class world: comfort, good looks, attentive young men. She seems willing to risk it all for the sake of what might be an artistic Gift, venturing with great trepidation to put her foot over the line into Bohemia to see if it might be the thing for her. Skewering the conventions of sentimental literature as usual, Howells keeps the reader guessing to the end as to the fate of Cornelia and her Gift.
By: Fanny Dickerson Bergen (1846-1924)
No matter how enlightened, chances are you’ve been raised around superstitious lore of one kind or another. Fanny Dickerson Bergen was one of the original researchers of North American oral traditions relating to such key life events and experiences as babyhood and childhood, marriage, wishes and dreams, luck, warts and cures, death omens and mortuary customs, and “such truck,” as Huck Finn would say. You’ll be surprised at how many of these old saws you’ll know. Here’s a quote from...
By: Samuel Butler (1774-1839)
|The Atlas of Ancient and Classical Geography|
|Essays on Life, Art and Science|
By: Roald Amundsen (1872-1928)
The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition in the Fram, 1910-12
In contrast to Scott’s South Pole expedition, Amundsen’s expedition benefited from good equipment, appropriate clothing, and a fundamentally different primary task (Amundsen did no surveying on his route south and is known to have taken only two photographs) Amundsen had a better understanding of dogs and their handling, and he used of skis more effectively. He pioneered an entirely new route to the Pole and they returned. In Amundsen’s own words: “Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it...
|The South Pole; an account of the Norwegian antarctic expedition in the "Fram," 1910-1912 — Volume 1|
By: U. Waldo Cutler
Stories of King Arthur and His Knights
Stories of King Arthur and His Knights. Retold from Malory’s “Morte dArthur”.
By: Benvenuto Cellini ((1500-1571))
The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
Cellini’s autobiographical memoirs, which he began writing in Florence in 1558, give a detailed account of his singular career, as well as his loves, hatreds, passions, and delights, written in an energetic, direct, and racy style. They show a great self-regard and self-assertion, sometimes running into extravagances which are impossible to credit. He even writes in a complacent way of how he contemplated his murders before carrying them out. He writes of his time in Paris: Parts of his tale recount...
By: Amy Steedman
Knights of Art - Stories of the Italian Painters
A children's version of the Lives of Artists by Vassari with many Illustrations. Of course we won't be able to show the paintings but the descriptions and the anecdotes are interesting and may lead a child to further interest.
By: Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)
|Massacre at Paris|
By: Lawrence Beesley (1877-1967)
The Loss of the S. S. Titanic
This is a 1st hand account written by a survivor of the Titanic about that fateful night and the events leading up to it as well as the events that followed its sinking.
By: Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (75 BC - c. 15 BC)
Ten Books on Architecture
On Architecture is a treatise on architecture written by the Roman architect Vitruvius and dedicated to his patron, the emperor Caesar Augustus as a guide for building projects. The work is one of the most important sources of modern knowledge of Roman building methods as well as the planning and design of structures, both large (aqueducts, buildings, baths, harbours) and small (machines, measuring devices, instruments). He is also the prime source of the famous story of Archimedes and his bath-time discovery.
By: Joseph Lewis French (1858-1936)
Great Pirate Stories
Piracy embodies the romance of the sea at its highest expression. It is a sad but inevitable commentary on our civilization, that, so far as the sea is concerned, it has developed from its infancy down to a century or so ago, under one phase or another of piracy. If men were savages on land they were doubly so at sea, and all the years of maritime adventure–years that added to the map of the world till there was little left to discover–could not wholly eradicate the piratical germ.