Malleus Maleficarum

4 07 2010

One of those interesting books I’ve always been interested in, along with the Book of Solomon. Now you can get it on-line here.

“The Malleus Maleficarum (Latin for “The Hammer of Witches”, or “Hexenhammer” in German) is one of the most famous medieval treatises on witches. It was written in 1486 by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger, and was first published in Germany in 1487. Its main purpose was to challenge all arguments against the existence of witchcraft and to instruct magistrates on how to identify, interrogate and convict witches.”


The World of the Futre/Space Exploration

2 07 2010

My 6 year-old son came home after a visiting a book swap yesterday with an early 90s book on space exploration. I haven’t been able to find an image of it, but it was filled from top to bottom with illustration and the paper had that strong card like texture and smell that reminded of all the similar books I craved as a child. Needless to say he loves the book already, despite how dated it may seem. So of course I went looking for similar books this morning and was reminded of this:

which I came across at the Paleo-Future Blog which has a huge amount of interesting resources about perceptions of the future in the past.