Friday, August 1, 2014

Mapping the Magic! Curiouser and Curiouser...

This post also appears on the Uncommon YA blog, but I wanted to share it here too! I'd stumbled across a link for an exhibit of occult books at Rutgers University's Alexander Library: “Unheard of Curiosities”: An Exhibition of Rare Books on the Occult and Esoteric Sciences. The exhibit contained books--including some from the 15th century, a few volumes by Aleister Crowely (one of them signed!) and Harry Potter--mineral specimens, Egyptian artifacts and ancient instruments. I write young adult fiction, but I also write magical non-fiction (visit the Publications page on my blog!), so this exhibit was one I didn't want to miss! Here are some of the highlights...


Books and tools for divination...
...the Enchanted Tarot by friends Amy Zerner and Monte Farber!
A 17th Century Treatise on Witches...
...and more ancient specimens!
Signed by Aleister Crowley--but WHY wasn't it opened all the way?!
A telescope from the 1600's...
...all part of the Astrology display! Love this classic by the famous Culpepper!
Astrology + medicine = physick ♥
The prophecies of Nostradamus!
An illuminated volume of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales!
A life of Merlin from 1641 ♥
Crystals have interested the magical-minded for centuries...
Egyptology!
The celestial alphabet.
A study in hieroglyphics...
The study of the structure of the skull to determine a person's character and mental capacity.

Oh, the things you can find at the library! Thankfully the exhibit was extended until August 1-- Wait. That's... TODAY! Be sure to check out your community libraries. You never know what you'll find!

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