The famous British map expert and researcher of the Royal Geographical Society Edward Brooke-Hechin was deeply influenced by his family. His father was an antique bookseller, was very knowledgeable and loved old maps. Under the influence of family book collection culture, Haiqin owns many strange books. For example, he has a book written in the blood of Saddam Hussein. Once, he talked about the book with a bookseller in a rare book store in London, and the other party said, “Oh, speaking of books written in blood, there is a shipwreck diary from the early 19th century in our store, which is also written in blood. That’s it.” Then, the bookseller told an extraordinary story: a merchant ship encountered a big storm and the ship sank. Almost all the people on the ship were buried on the bottom of the sea, but the captain got on board the South Atlantic Ocean by chance. “Uninhabited island”. He wanted to write his logbook, but there was only a writing desk and a few newspapers washed ashore on the island, without ink. Later, he wrote this logbook with penguin blood. Speaking of books written in blood, I have to mention a Marvel comic book in the 1970s. The protagonist is the smashing Kiss band, and the original drawing is said to be drawn with the blood of the band members.
In addition to books written with blood, Haiqin also found books made with human skin. For example, James Allen, a famous Massachusetts highway robber in the 19th century, had his last wish before being executed, to peel off and bind his skin, write his autobiography, and give it to Zeng A victim who was robbed by him expressed admiration because the victim bravely hit him back. At the end of the 19th century, there was a perception that human skin can carry great works, just as the body can carry the soul. French astronomer and writer Camille Flammarion praised a young countess for her flawless skin at a banquet. The countess was a big fan of him, but what he didn’t know was that the countess was terminally ill. A few weeks after her death, a guest came to Camille Flamarion’s house. The man who claimed to be a surgeon had a bundle under his arm, which turned out to be a book bound with the skin of the countess. The surgeon said he was asked to strip the dead woman’s skin, write Camille’s latest work on it, and give it to Camille himself.
What other weird books are there? Let’s take a look.
1. “Fishes, Lobsters and Crabs Found in the Moluccas and the Southern Coast”
This is the earliest full-color fish encyclopedia in history. More than 450 kinds of psychedelic marine life appear in the book. The book was first published in 1719, only 100 copies were produced at the time, and it is known for its superb hand coloring. The author of this book is Louis Renard (Louis Renard), a bookseller and cartographer in the 18th century. He was hired by the British royal family as a spy. He worked in the port of Amsterdam and was responsible for searching ships when they left the port to ensure that they did not do anything. Potential attempts to usurp the British throne smuggle weapons. Reynard knew less about Indonesian wildlife than ordinary Europeans at the time. However, this did not become an obstacle. Instead, it gave him room to use his imagination and produced a dream fish outline on the other side of the earth. . In his writing, some fish are like butterflies growing in the sea, some are like peacocks with gills and fins, and some are like psychedelic dragons walking in the ocean, or candy-colored alien creatures. Every magical creature inspires our curiosity, let us imagine: what kind of creatures are living in the waters that humans cannot experience? !
2. “The Diary of Constantine Samuel Rafinsk”
In the summer of 1818, the Turkish naturalist Constantine Samuel Rafinsk (Constantine S amu e lRafinesque) came to the United States. The classologist John James Audubon (John James Audubon) was a guest at his home in Kentucky, but he overestimated the host’s enthusiasm. He spent too much time in the house, so the host came up with an ingenious ” Revenge plan”. Ravensk “has entangled Audubon and asked him to show him the native American wildlife.” Audubon was very angry, so he began to make things up, but Ravensk did not doubt that he painted it in his diary. After returning home, Rafinsk decided to publish his “discovery”, which naturally contained the strange creatures Audubon said, such as a fish with a sucker on its mouth. This mischief turned the two into enemies, and both of them were discredited by the incident.
The book “Kampreme” was produced by protesting students in Germany in 1968, and the content is “rhyming battle essays”. The volume of the book is small and it can be easily hidden in the pocket. Its sharp metal shell can scrape posters from the wall, and the book can also come in handy when the owner of the book is tied to the back of the truck by government agents.
The palm-sized religious book “Book of Confession” first appeared in 1677 and was once very popular until it was printed and published in the 1850s. Its function is similar to modern coupons. Of course, instead of offering discounts on purchases, it lists all the evils that people in the 17th century can think of. Each evil is a foldable label. These books are very interesting for modern researchers, because they can gain insight into the life of the owner of the book and the things he worries about, such as the arrogance or malice listed in the book.
5. The “Outline of Demons and Magic”
this “extraordinary” magic book (or magic textbook) is collected in the Wellcome Museum in London. It was written in Latin and German in the late 18th century. Although the frenzy of hunting witches has subsided at the time of publication, it still reminds the world of the dangers of witchcraft. We can know from the book that the use of spell books for treasure hunting was still very popular at the time. The book says that you can summon a demon to guide you to find the buried treasure.