By request from our follower @cosmictypewriter! William Morris.
The tale of King Florus and the Fair Jehane / [Translated by William Morris from the French of the 13th century.] Hammersmith : Kelmscott Press, 1893.
Green morocco binding with ten gold filigree medallions with jewel centers of small amethysts and sapphires, gold filigree clasps with moonstones.
They followed up on my request and I missed it somehow! I’ve never been this excited by a volume before - it’s so gorgeous.
You know what’s awesome? The simultaneously thrilling and terrifying sight of the impossibly massive talons belonging to a mighty Harpy Eagle. This humbling photo was recently shared by Redditor louiebaur. To get an even better sense of just how big these talons are, click here for a comparison image.
And remember, it’s not just the length and sharpness of those talons that are fearsome, the strength of the eagle’s grip is enough to break arm bones or crush a hand. So yes, that’s a lot of avian awesomeness in one photo. Let’s hope that whoever is touching those talons with their fragile human fingers is awfully good friends with that particular eagle.