of good, the commoner, the better

“I thinke it sufficient for any, whom reason may satisfie, by way of answeare to alleage this action and sententious position: Bonum, quo communius, eo melius et præstantius: a good thing the more common it is, the better it is.” -Dodoens, tr. Henry Lyte

 

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Botany @ Project Gutenberg

 

“Erce, Erce, Erce, Mother of Earth!

May the All-Wielder, Ever Lord grant thee 

Acres a-waxing, upwards a-growing 

Pregnant [with corn] and plenteous in strength;

Hosts of [grain] shafts and of glittering plants!Of broad barley the blossoms

And of white wheat ears waxing,

Of the whole earth the harvest!

Let be guarded the grain against all the ills

That are sown o’er the land by the sorcery men,

Nor let cunning women change it nor a crafty man.”

The Old English Herbals by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde

THE Botanical Magazine; OR, Flower-Garden Displayed  by William Curtis describes itself as presenting “The most Ornamental Foreign Plants, cultivated in the Open Ground, the Green-House, and the Stove, are accurately represented in their natural Colours.”  [another Project Gutenberg find]

The Complete Herbal by Nicholas Culpeper has an occult approach to herbalism and discusses cures at length. However one might feel about the possibility of such things, anyone can probably enjoy the beginning, which contains 10 botanical plates like the below.

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Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure by William Thomas Fernie doesn’t have any pretty pictures, but it does have some awesome poetry about herbs.

“She wrapped it up, and for its tomb did choose
A garden pot, wherein she laid it by,
And covered it with mould, and o’er it set
Sweet Basil, which her tears kept ever wet.”

-Keats

 Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution: A Chapter in the History of Botany by Agnes Arber teaches known botany “until the time of the printed press”, an old book, still kinda neat, and has many botanical illustrations including the below.

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Project Gutenburg on Fungus

Was thinking- hey- wonder what Project Gutenberg has on fungi and mycology.

 

Fungi: Their Nature and Uses by M. C. Cooke looks like a very in depth text. It’s written in a lilted style and looks to be chocked with information and illustrations.

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Fungi: their Nature and Uses 

A beginner-targeted, pop-sci pproach to mycology is promised by Among the Mushrooms: A Guide For Beginners by Burgin and Dallas.

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Führer für Pilzfreunde by Edmund Michael is in german, but it has  39 amazing illustrations of mushrooms, such as the below

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Two books offer a focus on edibility  Student’s Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous by Thomas Taylor and The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise by Miron Elisha Hard.

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 Student’s Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous

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Assorted Wikisource

Wikisource is a bit underrated as projects go I think….

Every time I visit though, I collect a ton of things I want to read. I will never be able to read everything I want to. But here is what seemed most interesting to me and we’ll see what I actually end up reading later.

The Subjection of Women John Stuart Mill

Beauty and the Beast Atlantic Monthly

My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglas

A History of the Freedom of Thought

Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman [This one I actually read in paper form, when I was in college, great to see it for free (myself only paid $1 for the paper copy)]

What is Property? by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

The Science of Rights by Fichte

The Natural History of Chocolate

Earth Worms and their Wonderful Works Popular Science

The Sewing Machine in Political Economy Popular Science

The Purification of Sewer Waters Popular Science

The Sanitation of Air Popular Science

The Allinson Vegetarian Cooking Book

Also just a friendly reminder that you can read HP Lovecraft @ Wikisource 

Collection of felt shops

This is for my future reference when needing more felt, as I embark on my felted e-textile journey….

https://www.etsy.com/shop/wildethyme

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BenzieDesign

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyWoolFelt

https://www.etsy.com/shop/yarnwench

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Motomo

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FeltedforEwe

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FeltingFarmerLady

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FairyTaleWool

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFeltedEweOnEtsy

felt

My felt collection. Much of this is from shops listed above.