To browse the entire "blood book," go here.

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

While this appears terrifying to us now, it probably conveyed a different meaning to its Victorian owners.

The book is filled with exquisite pages of decoupage, creating a collage with images, red ink, and words.

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

The images of blood are a reference to Christian sacrifice.

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

From the description: "Its decoupage was assembled from several hundred engravings, many taken from books of etchings by William Blake, as well as other illustrations from early nineteenth-century books."

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

From the description: "Its decoupage was assembled from several hundred engravings, many taken from books of etchings by William Blake, as well as other illustrations from early nineteenth-century books.

The book is inscribed by someone named John Bingley Garland, to his daughter, Amy, reading, "A legacy left in his lifetime for her future examination by her affectionate father."

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

The book is inscribed by someone named John Bingley Garland, to his daughter, Amy, reading, "A legacy left in his lifetime for her future examination by her affectionate father.

Here's what the Garland family has to say about it: "It is full of symbols of both Human and Non-Human 'Crusaders and Protectors' of God and Christianity and most of the Verses, Quotes, etc are encouraging one to turn to God as our Saviour."

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

While this appears terrifying to us now, it probably conveyed a different meaning to its Victorian owners.

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

"To Amy Lester Garland--A legacy left in his lifetime for her future examination by her affectionate father" Garland, John Bingley;

(The book was not created by Waugh. Its creator cannot be confirmed, but an inscription tells us the book was given as a gift in 1854.)

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

The "Victorian Blood Book" in Evelyn Waugh's collection at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

We can assume (but not confirm) that the artist is this Garland guy because his handwriting matches that in the book.

To browse the entire "blood book," go here.

This Victorian "Blood Book" Will Give You Nightmares

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