If I was preparing BibliOdyssey posts on paper I think I'd have a rubber stamp that said: 'These look cool, but I can't tell you much about them because the translation software is just appalling'.
[but I complain too much]
Or at least, I can say that these images come from a collection of 141 plates known as the 'Schijnvoet Konstboeck' from the early 18th century. Simon Schijnvoet (sometimes spelled Schynvoet or Schynvoot) was a Dutch master builder, designer, architect, horticulturist, poet and collector.
[There is mention of Maria Sybilla Merian and Surinam but I don't understand the connection]
The illustrations were produced by Catharina Lintheimer, Alida Withoos, Johannes Bronckhorst and Pieter Holsteijn and are online at the Wageningen UR Library in Holland. It's an old website and this thumbnail page is a bit of a load - don't be fooled, the images look much better when enlarged.
Previously: The Tulip Book.
Friday, February 03, 2006
Posted by peacay at 6:41 am