Index Librorum Prohibitorum
Created originally by Pope Paul IV in 1557, the infamous Index of Forbidden Books is a list of books which all Roman Catholics were prohibited from reading or even owning except under special circumstances and with ecclesiastical permission. This was a very serious prohibition because those Catholics who violated it could be punished with excommunication.
Books were placed on this Index because they expressed ideas which were contrary to Catholic morals, contrary to Catholic teachings, contained theological errors, or in any way posed a threat to the power of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. Enforcement of the prohibitions was given to the Sacred Congregation of the Inquisition. Updates to the Index were added regularly by either the Congregation or the Pope until its 20th edition in 1948.
The Index of Forbidden Books was finally abolished in 1966 by Pope Paul VI because its existence and enforcement had become inconsistent with the growing spirit of free inquiry which had been promoted in the Second Vatican Council. It had also become quite evident that the prohibition simply wasn’t preventing Catholics from becoming aware of and even familiar with the idea that the Index was designed to suppress.
image: Title page of Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Venice 1564)

the chariot, from the linweave tarot, published in 1967 by a paper company to showcase its wares; the artists commissioned were david mario palladini, ron rae, hy roth, and nicolas sidjakov.  via past print on a tip from sweet jane.

Grzegorz Kowalski, Krzesło (Chair), 1974-5, photographic tableau

Paul Klee

withinandbeyondtheframe: Le Baiser de l’Artiste (1977) - ORLAN 

¿Qué lado prefieres? by margadirube on Flickr.

Girl Talk
for sale

Stephan Michelspacher. Cabala, Speculum Artis et Naturae in Alchymia. 1654.

typographics ti: 270 (Osaka)
typographics ti: (Japan Typography Association)

Dagger and Sheath Binding
Roman, London
c.140-300 AD
Dagger and sheath binding of a later type. The dagger has a broad strongly waisted blade which is very thin in section. There is a thin midrib defined by two fine grooves. The tip is corroded and has been restored. The handle is largely complete, although one outer plate is partly lost. The handle consists of a crescentic pommel, a grip with a central expansion, and a straight hilt guard. The handle is composite and made up of five layers. These consist of two outer plates of iron with a hollow section, two inner organic layers, the material unidentified, and a flat rectangular-sectioned tang sandwiched in the middle.

The open sheath frame was made from a single sheet of iron which was shaped and cut to form the side U-shaped side channels and front panels of the sheath

c.42 cm
Source: Museum of London