“Seduction … is becoming as much of a lost art as hand-caning and bookbinding. But while those two crafts can be replaced by machine work, seduction, if it is not done ‘by hand,’ will not be done at all.”
A 1962 gem with a side of gender politics and charming illustrations by MAD Magazine’s Paul Coker:
“Write! Writing, to knowledge, is a certified check.”
14 ways to acquire knowledge – a timeless guide from 1936:
Anne Sexton’s little-known and lovely 1963 children’s book:
“Only a person who is congenially self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays.”
E. B. White on the art of the essay
How attractive are you to the opposite sex? An amusingly appalling questionnaire circa 1949 at the link:
“She had little patience for studying … she passed the time in math class by writing flirtatious notes to boys.”
Anne Sexton’s report card:
“Permit two egg yolks to recline.”
A lavish 350-page vintage tome, illustrated with 19th-century engravings and original drawings by Marcel Duchamp, Robert Osborn, and Alexandre Istrati. Originally published in 1961, it features 220 recipes and 30 courses by 55 painters, 61 novelists, 15 sculptors, and 19 poets, including such luminaries as Man Ray, John Keats, Marcel Duchamp, Lawrence Durrell, Robert Graves, Harper Lee, Irving Stone, William Styron, and Georges Simenon.
“In disputes upon moral or scientific points, ever let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.”
A timeless and timelier than ever 1866 guide to the art of conversation:
A whimsical primer on space exploration from 1953 – long before the first man on the moon – written and illustrated by a female author, a remarkable feat for the era.
“Living has yet to be generally recognized as one of the arts.” A 1924 guide to life:
“We must gain victory, not by assaulting the walls, but by accepting them.”
A 1934 guide to overcoming worry and mastering life.
Here in this book, collected for you,
Are hundreds of things that you never should do,
Like stewing your sister, scarring your brother,
Or disobeying your father or mother.
Charming vintage verses by Shel Silverstein, Ted Hughes, Lewis Carroll, and A. A. Milne, irreverently illustrated by beloved children’s book artist Tomi Ungerer.
“Lightly come or lightly go … Lightly, lightly — ever so…”
Three poems by James Joyce from a rare vintage gem:
A vintage illustrated guide to the science of language, reprinted 30 years later with art by Keith Haring
Two classic masters of the macabre and wonderful, together.