Friday, April 14, 2006


Moretus Bible 1599
Plantin Moretus Museum
Belgium Antwerp

This is from a whole love/musical score book which I'll probably
post again when I find my way back to the complete work.
I think it was at the Library of Congress but..?

April 2006 sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of English engineering superstar from the victorian era, Isambard Kingdom Brunel (thumbnail gallery). The image here entitled The Paddle Engine Room of the "Great Eastern" is from The Illustrated London News, September 1859.

Compendium de origine et gestis Francorum
Gaguinus, Robertus; Ed. Jodocus Badius Ascensius
~1500. somewhere in the Herzog August Bibliothek.

Il Cimelio geodesic da Vinci - somewhere in the Ambrosiana Library.

Garden architecture - Grohmann, Johann Gottfried.
Idea magazine for lovers of gardens, English plants
and for owners of landguetern 1797 (ebay)

Kepler's model to explain the relative distances of
the planets from the Sun in the Copernican System.

The above 2 images are from the Fantastic in Art and Fiction website at Cornell University.

An Historical Relation of the Island Ceylon. Knox 1681

Beschreibung und Abbildung eines ungebornen Elephanten nebst verschiedenen bisher ungedruckten Nachrichten die Naturgeschichte der Elephanten betreffend
E Zimmerman 1783 somewhere in Braunschwieg University Library.

Click the images for full size or near full size versions. Just a motley bunch collected while fossicking. That unborn elephant image is particularly amazing.


dinesh said...

Fossicking! You must be Australian!

pk said...

Heh. I didn't realise that. I note that it's in the American Heritage Dictionary and no mention of coloquialism!

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