"pulturebook - first encountered in the 12th Century Norse saga Pillu in reference to an unhappy fisherman who sells his leg to his dog. 200 years later the word is found in verb form --roughly translated as 'to slimp' or 'to bet'-- in an aprocryphal version of Wycliffe's Bible (Jeremiah 29:7) brought to the court of the Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy by his hermaphrodite lover, Ixel Esten. In an anonymous 1576 etching, one of Francis Drake's ships has Pulturebuck emblazoned on three of its sails. Several appearances of various spellings of the word occur in tracts associated with political upheavals from Cromwell to Napoleon III. The Duke of Cumberland named his summer home Pulturbooke in 1783 (only to rename it Alexandriatown three years later). It was notably used of late in space-hiccup form by Sally Ride in 1983. Pulturebook is also the name of a Grammy Award nominated Milwaukee jazz collective and a small pharmaceutical company based in Rheims, France." -- publisher's statement.