Woman Reading (Portrait of Sofia Kramskaya), after 1866, by Ivan Kramskoi:
Woman Reading by Ivan Kramskoi
Février by Eugène Grasset, 1896:
Fevrier by Eugene Grasset, 1896
20 Victorian Terms That Seem Oddly Modern [courtesy Anglophenia]
The above article reminded me of an earlier one from mental_floss:
56 Delightful Victorian Slang Terms You Should Be Using
Bonus points go to Anglophenia for mentioning (and running a photograph of) Jarvis Cocker!
Strictly speaking, this ad features a newspaper, not a book. It’s so exquisite, though, that I am giving it a pass.
NY Times Advert, 1895
Children’s books from the late nineteenth century have the best illustrations. Here’s why:
They are charming.
From Round the Hearth [and other verses], 1889.
They are nonsensical.
From Lilliput Lyrics. Illustrated by Chas. Robinson, 1899.
Harper’s Bazar, XMAS 1894
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”-Laura Ingalls Wilder
Two books from the mid-1800s, given to me by a friend.
Antique Books: Cornell’s Primary Geography and Cushing’s Manual (Rules of Proceeding and Debate in Deliberative Assemblies). Both copies are from the 1850s.
Still Life, 1866, by Henri Fantin-Latour.
Still Life, 1866, Henri Fantin-Latour