BibliOdyssey: Peking Opera Figures
Late 19th century anonymous album of 101 illustrations on silk of characters out of operas in Peking/Beijing. These are elaborate, detailed & colourful illustrations showing the types of outlandish face-painting and costumes worn by cast members.
opera  china  peking  beijing  19thcentury  20thcentury  facepainting  costumes  asia  stagewear 
11 days ago
BibliOdyssey: Schönschreibmeister
16th century album from Nurmeberg that compiles wildly elaborate blackletter calligraphy (enormous flourishing on initials) - it's a sort of compilation of fraktur scripts produced by one of the earliest exponents of that script style.
nuremberg  calligraphy  germany  16thcentury  lettering  typography  manuscript  neudörffer 
17 days ago
BibliOdyssey: Folies Bergère
Advertising posters from the 2nd half of the 19th century for cabaret / music-hall acts in an eponymous venue in Paris.
paris  france  "Folies  Bergère"  "music-hall"  cabaret  poster  19thcentury  humour 
22 days ago
BibliOdyssey: Succulent Carrion
Watercolour sketches of a group of succulent plants from southern Africa known as Carrion Flowers : most have large browny-red petals and a disgusting smell that help to attract blow-flies which pollinate the plants. The original illustration designer was Kew Garden's first plant-hunter, Francis Masson.
francismasson  africa  southernafrica  carrionflowers  hlwendland  botany  flora  flowers  blowflies  bookillustration  watercolour  19thcentury 
6 weeks ago
BibliOdyssey: Oxonia Illustrata
1675 book of engravings documenting in detail the colleges, buildings, gardens and layout of Oxford University by David Loggan.
loggan  davidloggan  oxforduniversity  architecture  earlymodern  1600s  17thcentury  engraving  highereducation  history  britishhistory 
10 weeks ago
BibliOdyssey: Baltic Heraldry
1902 calendar/album of chromoxylographs displaying family coats of arms for a selection of names associated with the Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania + Estonia). The designs and fonts are influenced variously by Art Nouveau.
typography  heraldry  artnouveau  coatofarms  armorial  balticstates  riga  lithuania  estonia  latvia  20thcentury 
august 2014
BibliOdyssey: Swiss Fruit
Mid-19th cent. watercolour manuscript commissioned by agricultural society to document Swiss apples and pears. These are very realistic (including blemishes) sketches that would eventually be released as lithographs in a 2-volume series in about 1872/3.
flora  science  switzerland  watercolour  agriculture  fruit  apples  pears  pomology 
august 2014
BibliOdyssey: Taishō Posters
Early 20th c. Japanese posters: graphic design lithographic advertisements covering, travel, govt. communications, expos, commercial company/products. Diverse, colourful & interesting.
japan  posters  modern  usc  travel  commercial  lithography 
july 2014
BibliOdyssey: Taishō Posters
Early 20th c. Japanese posters: graphic design lithographic advertisements covering, travel, govt. communications, expos, commercial company/products. Diverse, colourful & interesting.
japan  modern  publications  from delicious
july 2014
BibliOdyssey: Le Bestiaire Fabuleux
Mid-20th century collaboration book from France featuring abstract/surreal animals both real & imaginary accompanied by mirror-forms made of poems fashioned into the same shape (calligrams). Very unique limited edition surrealist influenced small volume
surrealism  illustrator  lithography  calligrams  poetry  JeanLurçat 
july 2014
BibliOdyssey: Le Bestiaire Fabuleux
Mid-20th century collaboration book from France featuring abstract/surreal animals both real & imaginary accompanied by mirror-forms made of poems fashioned into the same shape (calligrams). Very unique limited edition surrealist influenced small volume
modern  france  calligraphy  illustrator  from delicious
july 2014
BibliOdyssey: Erucarum Ortus
Early 18th century science book on caterpillars changing into butterflies by the esteemed German illustrator, Maria Sibylla Merian. The work contains detailed observations and behavioural descriptions and is accompanied by around 150 beautiful and accurate engravings of insects and the plants they inhabit.
"maria  sibylla  merian"  merian  engraving  entomology  caterpillars  moths  butterflies  insects  botany  "scientific  illustration"  "the  Enlightenment"  "women  in  science" 
july 2014
BibliOdyssey: The Decorative Use of Wallpapers
Early 20th century album of chromolithographs demonstrating how various wallpaper designs appear in house room settings. This is really an early equivalent of an interior design magazine - to help people visualise motifs in situ.
wallpaper  interiordesign  design  c20  1910s  20thcentury  chromolithograph  printinghistory  printing 
may 2014
BibliOdyssey: Gould's Birds of Asia
7-volume series produced by one of the greats of 19th century ornithology publishing: John Gould. Coloured lithographic plates of realistic birds in approximately naturalistic settings.
ornithology  science  birds  johngould  c19  1800s  lithography  bookillustration 
may 2014
BibliOdyssey: Thai Fortune-Telling Manuscript
Late 18th or early 19th century paper manuscript of colourful painted sketches of figures (gods, animals, people) associated with zodiac signs and periods. The text is in Thai and much of the visual elements corresponds to Chinese astrological figures and symbols although a few of the illustrative tropes are unique to Thailand. Slightly naive hand; comic-book like in some ways.
thailand  astrology  china  from delicious
april 2014
BibliOdyssey: Thai Fortune-Telling Manuscript
Late 18th or early 19th century paper manuscript of colourful painted sketches of figures (gods, animals, people) associated with zodiac signs and periods. The text is in Thai and much of the visual elements corresponds to Chinese astrological figures and symbols although a few of the illustrative tropes are unique to Thailand. Slightly naive hand; comic-book like in some ways.
astrology  china  c19  c18  thailand  zodiac  mythology  gods  demons  handpainted  from delicious
april 2014
BibliOdyssey: 1930s Modern Publicity
Scans of adverts and posters produced in the early 1930s that were compiled into annual publications for the art/design/advertising industry. Post features the then cutting edge print ads and designs from all over the world.
magazine  1930s  20thcentury  modern  advertising  commercial  publications  posters 
april 2014
BibliOdyssey: Alphabet & Writing Copybook
Small mid-18th c. book of writing and letter styles and alphabet examples for students or interested people to use as models to copy and improve their own handwriting. By Felice Polanzani.
felicepolanzani  handwriting  modelbook  copybook  writing  calligraphy  alphabet 
march 2014
BibliOdyssey: Zoological Atlas
This atlas features 100 plates of attractive and well-executed, hand-coloured engravings of species from the low to the high of the animal kingdom. This volume features many lesser known species (in the 1840s) that was something of a supplement to a very large zoology series released over 15 years up to 1830.
zoology  animals  engraving  handcoloured  dodo  koala  c19  paulgervais 
march 2014
BibliOdyssey: Zoological Atlas
This atlas features 100 plates of attractive and well-executed, hand-coloured engravings of species from the low to the high of the animal kingdom. This volume features many lesser known species (in the 1840s) that was something of a supplement to a very large zoology series released over 15 years up to 1830.
fauna  science  from delicious
march 2014
BibliOdyssey: Takushoku Graphic Arts
Various colourful, and often semi-abstract, posters by Japanese graphic artists of the 20th century in relation to a wide range of events and subject matter. They are housed in Takushoku University Arts Library.
japan  posters  modern  takushokuUniversity  c20  graphicarts 
february 2014
BibliOdyssey: A Garland of Ragas
18th or 19th century manuscript album of about 25 or so colourful painted miniatures. The album was produced in Western India (Deccani) and is accompanied by Persian language. The paintings of people and (?) Indian Gods are representational forms depicting male and female aspects of musical tunes. "They stand as a classical example of the amalgamation of art, poetry and classical music in medieval India."
india  manuscript  c19  c18  deccani  miniatures  music  album  calligraphy 
january 2014
BibliOdyssey: Russian Placards
Modernist lithographs from a 1923 anti-capitalism book by Vladimir Lebedev featuring semi-satirical almost cubist shapes of persons accompanied by propaganda message. The images were part of a window display for ROSTA - the State telegraph office. Very colourful, often funny/semi-satirical.
vladimirlebedev  lebedev  russia  modern  placards  posters  lithography  c20  colour  cubism  propaganda 
january 2014
BibliOdyssey: Monograms & Ciphers
Early 1900s book with illustrations of 2 & 3-letter monogram initials, sacred devices, commercial logos, initials with ampersands. Most devices are elaborate 2-letter monograms where part of one letter serves as part of its companion. All sorts of styles and fonts on display. Book by AA Turbayne.
letters  turbayne  calligraphy  initials  printhistory  printing  design  logo  device  writing  monogram  alphabet  borders  20thcentury  c20  artnouveau 
january 2014
BibliOdyssey: Monograms & Ciphers
Early 1900s book with illustrations of 2 & 3-letter monogram initials, sacred devices, commercial logos, initials with ampersands. Most devices are elaborate 2-letter monograms where part of one letter serves as part of its companion. All sorts of styles and fonts on display. Book by AA Turbayne.
printing  artistry  calligraphy  from delicious
january 2014
BibliOdyssey: Drawn to Paris
Ink, watercolour, inkwash, chalk, crayon & pencil sketches of buildings and streets in Paris in 19th century. These 'still life' urban shots come from the BnF Chauvet collection with most design/art by Jules-Adolphe Chauvet. Many people are included in the scenes, sketched in all the 20 Paris districts.
c19  paris  france  drawiing  sketch  chauvet  19thcentury  inkwash  watercolour  urban  streets 
january 2014
BibliOdyssey: Drawn to Paris
Ink, watercolour, inkwash, chalk, crayon & pencil sketches of buildings and streets in Paris in 19th century. These 'still life' urban shots come from the BnF Chauvet collection with most design/art by Jules-Adolphe Chauvet. Many people are included in the scenes, sketched in all the 20 Paris districts.
france  history  architecture  from delicious
january 2014
BibliOdyssey: Uppercase Treasure
Very ostentatious / elaborate capital letter graphics in pairs or singles or in alphabets as part of a Paulus Franck 1601 copybook & modelbook for students to learn how to use such flourishing alphabetic scripts in the course of their lives. These are amazing figures in so far as they appear to have been produced by woodcut printing and not by engraving/etching.
paulfrank  paulusfrank  calligraphy  letterform  writing  printing  printhistory  woodcut  germany  c17  fonts  initials  initialen  paulusfranckinitialen 
december 2013
BibliOdyssey: Uppercase Treasure
Very ostentatious / elaborate capital letter graphics in pairs or singles or in full alphabets illustration pages as part of a Paulus Franck 1601 copybook & modelbook for students to learn how to use such flourishing alphabetic scripts in the course of their lives. These are amazing figures in so far as they appear to have been produced by woodcut printing and not by engraving/etching.
artistry  calligraphy  from delicious
december 2013
BibliOdyssey: Embellished Matriculation Manuscripts
3 manuscripts with gorgeous calligraphy, illuminations, cartouches, portraits, decorative borders, elaborate decoration with abstracted acanthus, bird & animals frame additions, architectural frame and strapwork and exceptional painted miniatures. The books recorded university degree awards as their primary aim but each rector added his own taste in book decoration over years and decades. This is a priceless national treasure of Switzerland owned by Basel University Library.
university  manuscriptdecoration  manuscript  illuminated  grotesque  baroque  rectors  basel  switzerland  cartouche 
november 2013
BibliOdyssey: Embellished Matriculation Manuscripts
3 manuscripts with gorgeous calligraphy, illuminations, cartouches, portraits, decorative borders, elaborate decoration with abstracted acanthus, bird & animals frame additions, architectural frame and strapwork and exceptional painted miniatures. The books recorded university degree awards as their primary aim but each rector added his own taste in book decoration over years and decades. This is a priceless national treasure of Switzerland owned by Basel University Library.
illuminated  switzerland  artistry  ephemera  from delicious
november 2013
BibliOdyssey: Atlantic Crossing
1930s childrens illustrated book by Benjamin Rabier (famed for 'la vache qui rit'). This is one of a large series of books centred around a duck named Gedeon and his animal friends. It is halfway between kids book illustration and comic style.
benjaminrabier  france  illustrator  c20  1930s  kids  childrens  comic  bookillustration 
november 2013
BibliOdyssey: Chromatic Wood Type
Famous 1870s specimen book showing wood type lettering with differing numbers of colours. This is highly precise ornate type lettering produced by multiple pressings from type segments cut from single block so as to obtain accuracy of colour/line appearance. Beautiful typography results. This is centred heavily in USA, the leading printer nation of the era.
type  typeform  typography  printing  printinghistory  c19  lettering  letterform  letters  chromatictype 
october 2013
BibliOdyssey: Chromatic Wood Type
Famous 1870s specimen book showing wood type lettering with differing numbers of colours. This is highly precise ornate type lettering produced by multiple pressings from type segments cut from single block so as to obtain accuracy of colour/line appearance. Beautiful typography results. This is centred heavily in USA, the leading printer nation of the era.
ephemera  artistry  printing  from delicious
october 2013
BibliOdyssey: The Turner's Manual
Late 18th/early 19th century 3-volume series on all facets of production of wood and metalwork using lathes and associated workshop machines. It turned out to be a seminal review of the profession's development in Europe over the preceding decades. The volumes were produced by Salivet under pseudonyms (allonyms) Bergeron, probably to protect the true author from abuse under the Reign of Terror associated with the French Revolution (ornament was high status so upper class thus the enemy of the people).
salivet  woodwork  woodturning  metalwork  engraving  c18  c19  bergeron  lathe  ornament 
october 2013
BibliOdyssey: The Turner's Manual
Late 18th/early 19th century 3-volume series on all facets of production of wood and metalwork using lathes and associated workshop machines. It turned out to be a seminal review of the profession's development in Europe over the preceding decades. The volumes were produced by Salivet under pseudonyms (allonyms) Bergerson, probably to protect the true author from abuse under the Reign of Terror associated with the French Revolution (ornament was high status so upper class thus the enemy of the people).
machines  science  from delicious
october 2013
Introduction to Digital Humanties | Concepts, Methods, and Tutorials for Students and Instructors
"Based on the Introduction to Digital Humanities (DH101) course at UCLA, taught by Johanna Drucker (with David Kim) in 2011 and 2012, this online coursebook and related collection of resources is meant to provide introductory materials to digital approaches relevant to a wide range of disciplines. The lessons and tutorials assume no prior knowledge or experience and are meant to introduce fundamental skills and critical issues in digital humanities."
digitalhumanities  humanities  html  css  dataviz  dh  textanalysis 
october 2013
BibliOdyssey: The Practical Garden
Early 19th century 'magazine' of gardening and horticulture that was actually a compilation of knowledge and illustrations published in contemporary books and catalogues. The post features lovely hand-coloured engravings of (mostly) flowers and plants, but also includes what are captioned practical equipment and plans.
flora  botany  horticulture  germany  magazine  engraving  handcoloured  periodical  gardendesign  childrensplayground  playground  1800s 
september 2013
BibliOdyssey: Comet Sketches
Anon. 16th cent. manuscript with watercolour scenes in nature showing exaggerated forms of comets, meteors and similar celestial bodies in flux. This small album is accompanied by the supposed history of science regarding comets but also pushes towards exaggeration in this regard too. Sweet, naive & colourful.
comets  astrology  astronomy  science  miniatures  manuscript  watercolour  album  flanders 
september 2013
BibliOdyssey: Map Monsters
Extended excerpts and scanned images from a new book (review copy) by Chet Van Duzer: 'Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps'. This is an amazing piece of work on a subject that is both very cool, intriguing and has been little studied in the past. Illustrations cover the gamut from whale islands to lion-fish from the 10th to 17th centuries. A fabulous/remarkable publication from the British Library.
renaissance  medieval  maps  cartography  monsters  seacreatures  seamonsters  chetvanduzer  marine 
august 2013
BibliOdyssey: The Theatre of Gunpowder
Late 16th century manuscript in German, lavishly and colourfully illustrated throughout its ~600 pages.
It runs the pyrotechnics gamut beginning with depictions of mining and mills and gunpowder production, moving on to the design and creation of elaborate fireworks devices for display and pageant and all different types of explosive devices and munitions, as well as some guns, cannons and various engineering and defensive plans.
This is one very comprehensive Early Modern treatise on the (quite unusual to today's way of understanding) weird and wonderful world of fireworks spectacles hundreds of years ago.
gunpowder  science  alchemy  chemistry  c16  germany  manuscript  friedrichmeyer  guns  cannon  munitions  artillery  mining  saltpetre  explosions  earlymodern 
june 2013
BibliOdyssey: The Theatre of Gunpowder
Late 16th century manuscript in German, lavishly and colourfully illustrated throughout its ~600 pages. It runs the pyrotechnics gamut beginning with depictions of mining and mills and gunpowder production, moving on to the design and creation of elaborate fireworks devices for display and pageant and all different types of explosive devices and munitions, as well as some guns, cannons and various engineering and defensive plans. This is one very comprehensive Early Modern treatise on the (quite unusual to today's way of understanding) weird and wonderful world of fireworks spectacles hundreds of years ago.
combat  alchemy  science  from delicious
june 2013
The British School at Rome Library and Achive Digital Collections
The Mission of the British School at Rome has been ..“to promote knowledge of and deep engagement with all aspects of the art, history and culture of Italy by scholars and fine artists from Britain and the Commonwealth, and to foster international and interdisciplinary exchange.” for over a century.

This digital archival and project site came online in 2009 and encompasses varying numbers of digital files from about 8 separate collections, with digitised material coming under the following subjects:
--Photographs
--Maps
--Prints
--Documents (correspondence &c)
--Manuscripts
--Paintings
--Drawings
--Postcards
roma  rome  italy  britain  uk  britishitaly  art  collection  digitalcollection  resource  research  library  europe 
june 2013
Slavic Manuscripts
via Intute.ac.uk --->
"Slavianskie rukopisi is a superb collection of over 2000 digitised manuscripts from the Trinity-St Sergius Monastery library, prepared in collaboration with the Russian State Library where the manuscripts are now housed. The quality of the images is excellent, and each folio can be enlarged to facilitate close reading. The manuscripts are collated by fond, including: main library (RGB fond 304.I); supplementary library, seventeenth century to 1907 (RGB f.304.II); unique editions (an illuminated Life of St Sergius of Radonezh published in 1853); two collections of manuscripts from the Moscow Theological Academy (RGB f. 173.I, 173.II); letters, decrees, deeds of purchase and other documents (RGB f.303.I). There are also two brief descriptions of the library written in the nineteenth century.

This resource is available in Russian only, and forms part of the Trinity-St Sergius Monastery website. The collection is a joy to browse, and contains such gems as a thirteenth century lectionary and a fourteenth century collection of sermons by St Gregory of Nazianzus (the Theologian). Library manuscripts are briefly described; some are divided into chapters or folios with a summary of folio content. The documents collection contains no such detail. This resource will be of most use to researchers of the religious and cultural history of Russia."
russian  slavic  manuscript  manuscriptdecoration  russianstatelibrary  gospels  religion  easterneurope  europe  russianfederation  monastery  illuminated  saintsergius 
june 2013
'From Pigskin to Paper: The Art & Craft of Bookbinding'
Exhibition site 2012/2013 from U. Otago in NZ.
"The exhibition From Pigskin to Paper: The Art and Craft of Bookbinding aims to decode the jargon used by bookbinders, and showcase the creative ‘art and craft' skills evident in all aspects of the binding process, from forwarding (construction) to finishing (decoration)."
binding  bookbinding  nz  bookarts  bookhistory  books  exhibition 
june 2013
BibliOdyssey: The Hermetic Touchstone
Small post featuring 17th century alchemy illustrations. The book is by Oswald Crollius or Kroll and the engravings depict alchemist portraits, obscure/weird symbolic references, as well as more understandable images like astrological signs, chemistry objects + armillary sphere and globe amalgams.
crollius  alchemy  astrology  parascience  science  c17  engraving  symbols 
june 2013
Fresh from the Archives | Dissertation Reviews
First-hand descriptions by academics/researchers of all types of historical and archival museums, libraries and significant databases and collections from sites around the world where dissertation research has been carreied out. These are 1-to-2 page overviews advising of contents, research applicability, potential discoveries and disciplines that may benefit from using each facility.
(It's actually a sub-section of the main Dissertation Reviews site wherein unpublished theses in the Humanities and Social Sciences are released into the wild by way of summaries and snap-shots of potential future book publications etc)
dissertation  research  academia  archives  museum  database  collection  humanities 
may 2013
BibliOdyssey: Designer France
Large set of ink and watercolour sketches from late 17th/early 18th centuries. Subjects range from sectional views of Parisian monuments mid-build to filigree iron gates, church altars and many other important architectural designs under the administrator-architect to the French crown, Robert de Cotte. The sketches feature all the main architects and designers or the era and document the early visual elements of the Rococo style. All images from Gallica, BnF.
rococo  design  architecture  paris  france  c18  c19  religion  church  decotte 
may 2013
BibliOdyssey: The House of Savoy
Commissioned illuminated manuscript from ~1580s that depicts the history of the royal family members and their marriages and territorial disputes. VERY BEAUTIFUL full page colourful paintings on parchment.
italy  france  illuminated  manuscript  savoy  royalty  nobility  europe  history 
may 2013
Reading Ritual: Festival Books from the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection
A collection of about ten illustrated essays covering various aspects of Brown University's set of festival books which commemorate the great ceremonies, marriages, deaths, festivals and entrance into cities by the royalty and nobility from the Renaissance and Early Modern eras. The tradition of the festival book spans from 1475 to 1700.
festival  renaissance  earlymodern  essay  writing  brownuniversity  reference  fireworks  royalty  nobility 
may 2013
BibliOdyssey: Bird Album
19th century watercolour sketch album by unknown artists of myriad bird species. Nothing much is known about the work but the page designs are beautiful and the bird drawings themselves range from exquisite to slightly naive, as though it were a practice album.
ornithology  birds  sketch  drawing  watercolour  inkwash  japan  c19  fauna 
may 2013
BibliOdyssey: Zanerian Alphabets
Original alphabet designs from late 19th/early 20th c. US penmanship production company. Images are diverse alphabet types from medieval and traditional letterforms to more ornate purpose specific type designs. From U Scranton's Zaner-Bloser Penmanship collection.
scranton  penmanship  calligraphy  writing  script  text  letterform  lettering  alphabet  design  typography 
may 2013
BibliOdyssey: Edo Views
1850s album of 100 prints by Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige. The Ukiyo-e prints depict a wide variety of scenes, both semi-rural and urban, of Tokyo (or Edo as it was then known). This is a very popular series and is as amazing for the spectacular and diverse designs on display.
japan  printing  printinghistory  Hiroshige  ukioye  c19  woodblock 
may 2013
BibliOdyssey: A Man of Wealth and Taste
15th century incunabulum with lovely detailed woodcut images of devil-like figures intervening in human lives. It's meant to show the devil's doppelganger on earth, The Antichrist, who is said to battle Jesus on his return to earth at the time of the apocalypse.
antichrist  devil  religion  bible  woodcut  incunabula  strasbourg  jesus  apocalypse 
april 2013
BibliOdyssey: Fables de Florian
1936 children's book of fables with illustrations by Benjamin Rabier. These are fun, both coloured and B&W children's anthropomophic animal sketches, accompanying 17th century French verses. The writing is by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian.
fables  kids  childrens  france  benjaminrabier  anthropomorphism  humour 
february 2013
BibliOdyssey: Atlas Blaeu-Van der Hem
Sketches + prints (in colour) from an ENORMOUS 17th century atlas that melds Joan Blaeu's 'Atlas Maior' with huge expansion by Dutch lawyer who employed artists to meet his desires for a geo-encylocpaedia. The 50 vol. series has maps and birds-eye views and portraits and naval battles and scenic drawings galore. The images in this post come from a truncated 8-vol. exquisite and expensive facsimile edition released by 2011 by Hes & de Graaf publishers in Holland.
holland  voyage  voc  dutcheastindiacompany  mapping  maps  cartography  atlas  joanblaeu  c17 
february 2013
Corpus Typographique Français
At the Musuem of Printing in Lyons, a collection of some 1500+ examples of typeforms taken from all sorts of printed material ------ "Corpus typographical French identifies fonts designed in France between 1850 and today. He wants an illustration of French in this area. It is not intended to be exhaustive but representative: there alongside classics and creations more obscure characters work "serious" and "titraille" fanciful creations of the highest caliber, but also , weak characters, bad view, because the history of typography also has. has it All creations are the work of French type designers, or foreigners who worked for French foundries. has been achieved in the 2009 digitization plan led by the Ministry of Culture and Communication. Away stars poster, it presents a creation more discreet, this area is both extremely present, and for many of us "invisible" as graphic design. contemporary creation is present, although less than we like. A call for papers has been launched with type designers and graphic artists to create a kind of "deposit" of contemporary typographic design, including typography Corpus French is the mirror line. This call is still open: we invite everyone, typographers professionals, students, amateurs, to send us their creations printed form, whether specimens, brochures, posters or draw simple laser A4 ... They will not necessarily posted - or not immediately - but enter the museum's reserves to be carefully preserved. Bonne visit." (translation from: http://www.imprimerie.lyon.fr/imprimerie/sections/fr/documentation/corpus )
type  typography  writing  letterform  lettering  france  printing  museum  lyons  typeform  alphabet 
february 2013
BibliOdyssey: The Art of Swimming
One of the earliest treatises dealing with descriptions and recommendations about different swimming strokes and how and what to do in water. The relatively unsophisticated copperplate engravings are equal parts amusing and perplexing, to be honest. The book by Melchisédec Thévenot was released in the 1690s and was based on an earlier Latin book with woodcuts by Everard Digby.
swimming  sport  science  earlymodern  engraving  thevenot  sportinghistory  bookillustration 
january 2013
BibliOdyssey: The Astrolabe Molluscs
Album of hand-coloured marine species collected by French expeditionary voyage. L'Astrolabe, skippered by Dumont d'Urville, spent 3 years in 1820s sailing mostly in southern oceans looking for lost La Perouse expedition. Beautiful quality plates (including sectional anatomy views) resulted.
cephalopods  octopus  voyage  france  d'urville  c19  astrolabe  expedition  mollusca  marine  science 
january 2013
Ukiyo-e Japanese Woodblock Illustration Search Engine
ABOUT:
"Ukiyo-e Search was created by John Resig, a computer programmer and avid enthusiast of Japanese woodblock prints.

In his personal research he saw a need for a tool that did not exist: some way of easily finding similar prints across multiple collections simultaneously. Additionally, some way of finding prints simply by uploading a picture of a print seemed like an especially critical tool for researchers and collectors alike.

A ton of work has gone into making this search engine as easy to use as possible, for example: Artist names have been unified into a single name across collections (even taking into account artist name changes) - even translating the Kanji names on Japanese museum sites. Also the best possible images have been found on the museum sites (which can often be a task unto itself).

This site is currently serving as a demonstration of what's possible but many improvements are still yet to be made."

currently allows search/browse of >200,000 images
ukioye  japan  prints  printinghistory  woodblock  searchengine  illustration  printing  art  artcollection 
january 2013
Macaulay Library - biodiversity
Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macauley Library:

"The Macaulay Library is the world's largest and oldest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings. Our mission is to collect and preserve recordings of each species' behavior and natural history, to facilitate the ability of others to collect and preserve such recordings, and to actively promote the use of these recordings for diverse purposes spanning scientific research, education, conservation, and the arts."

"The archive includes more than 175,000 audio recordings covering 75 percent of the world's bird species, with an ever increasing numbers of insect, fish, frog, and mammal recordings as well. The more recently established video archive includes over 50,000 clips, representing over 3,500 species."
video  animals  reference  library  sound  soundrecording  science  zoology  repository  biodiversity  cornelluniversity  university  cornell 
january 2013
BibliOdyssey: Currus Triumphales
Slim album of engravings with hugely outlandish chariot images purporting to record the triumphal entrance of a Russian Prince into the city of Venice. The bullock-drawn chariots feature some classical figures and embellished accoutrements as befitting the rococo-on-baroque cusp of ornament/design. eg. http://voices.yahoo.com/style-differences-between-baroque-rococo-art-15087.html?cat=2
russia  italy  festival  engraving  rococo  baroque  venice  triumph  chariot  transport 
january 2013
BibliOdyssey: Scotia Depicta
Scenic etchings by James Fittler (print artist to the King) from ~1800 from all over Scotland. Essentially it's a half- historical travelogue and half antiquarian architectural record. Many castles are included as well as famous caves, rivers and urban centres. There are about 50 illustrations in this album (each accompanied by a few paragraphs of history/description.
uk  scotland  etching  prints  b&w  castles  travel  c19  countryside  nls  britain 
january 2013
BibliOdyssey: World War One Posters
Wide selection of prints (lithographs all) produced by various nations (mostly USA) that either encouraged people to contribute financially to the war efforts (bond buying or tickets for events) or worked as propaganda adverts to change attitudes and behaviours : make citizens support the troops and eat less or be more thrifty. All sorts of satirical or soap-operaesque or historical tropes deployed.
publications  america  combat  history  from delicious
january 2013
BibliOdyssey: World War One Posters
Wide selection of prints (lithographs all) produced by various nations (mostly USA) that either encouraged people to contribute financially to the war efforts (bond buying or tickets for events) or worked as propaganda adverts to change attitudes and behaviours : make citizens support the troops and eat less or be more thrifty. All sorts of satirical or soap-operaesque or historical tropes deployed.
combat  usa  ww1  war  propaganda  posters  lithography  c20  advertising 
january 2013
BibliOdyssey: Armorial Nobiliaire
Album of emblems and coats of arms from the Nice region in SE France. Hand-painted by a local librarian in 1903, this manuscript documents the noble family armorial insignias for the Nice & Savoy regions covering about 3 (?) centuries. Beautiful yet unsophisticated at the same time. Outside-in art.
coatofarms  nice  france  insignia  armorial  escutcheon  handcoloured  geneaology  savoy  sardinia  piedmont 
january 2013
BibliOdyssey: The Beauty of the Heavens
CF Blunt's 1840s educational book on astronomy. It features >100 lithographs in colour showing solar system phenomena/events. Included are such things as orbital forces and paths, phases of the moon, the sun's role, map of lunar surface features, constellation locations and zodiac representations. Hand-coloured.
astronomy  astrology  zodiac  constellations  moon  science  solarsystem  universe  lithography  illustration  bookillustration 
december 2012
BibliOdyssey: Sporting Girls
Early 20th century popular illustrations by Hamilton King : a commercially-orientated, high-volume style that became known as 'Hamilton King Girls'. Essentially it was a semi-romantic and 'pretty' depiction of the subjects engaging (in this set) in a wide range of sports, from golf to ping pong and from sailing to dance. These prints appeared on cigarette cards to promote loyalty and higher sales.
sport  sports  golf  tennis  sailing  women  c20  modern  advertising  commercial  prints 
december 2012
BibliOdyssey: Palazzo Milesi Vases
17th c. engravings of vases that were originally painted as part of a palace fresco design in Rome. The vases are detailed and ornate with grotesques and figures from classical mythology. The original paintings were very influential designs in the late Renaissance and early days of the distortions of Mannerism. It's actually this tension between Renaissance, Mannerism and tromp l'oeil painting and engraving effects that confer uniqueness on this series from a modern perspective, although at the time they were more along the lines of the means by which fantastical tropes of design were disseminated in the art world.
polidoro  italy  renaissance  mannerism  tromploeil  vase  ewer  amphor  grotesque  engraving  fresco  palazzomilesi 
december 2012
BibliOdyssey: Le Buffon Choisi
Fun colourful lithographs from 1920s by Benjamin Rabier (father of La Vache qui Rit). These are slightly anthropomorphised animals that were originally intended as teaching aides for kids who Rabier hoped to introduce to to the prolific Enlightenment science work of Buffon. But over time Rabier made them more humorous than educational so the animals have exaggerated pseudo-human facial expressions and the rendering is closer to absurd than realistic.
kids  illustrator  c20  france  science  animals  humour  fauna  childrens  enlightenment  buffon  benjaminrabier 
december 2012
Cambridge Digital Library
This is a relatively new and evolving AND substantial multi-collection from one of the great Universities of the world. Among other things (eg. Treasures) the CDL houses great zoomy screen architecture for visitors to see Newton's papers, Islamic & Sanskrit manuscripts, a couple of significant Jewish/Hebrew historical collections, Spanish chapbooks as well as christian/biblical manuscripts. A HUGELY important range of works.
manuscript  religion  islam  bible  repository  chapbooks  india  uk  cambridge  spain  jewish  hebrew  illuminated  history  library  science 
december 2012
BibliOdyssey: Plant Anatomy Charts
Lithographs from about the 1870s from an influential 42-plate collection of educational illustrations. Husband and wife team of Arnold and Carolina Dodel-Port produced a colourful array of pictures to be used in educating students in botanical anatomy, many of the plates bearing multiple illustrations showing cross-sections and microscopic forms, with parts labelled or numbered to reference in the accompanying descriptive text.
botany  plants  switzerland  education  charts  posters  teaching  microscopy  lithography 
december 2012
Home Page - Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek
"Berlin, 28 November 2012 – The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) goes online for the general public today at www.deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de"

“The goal of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) is to offer everyone unrestricted access to Germany’s cultural and scientific heritage, that is, access to millions of books, archived items, images, sculptures, pieces of music and other sound documents, as well as films and scores, from all over Germany”

By way of example I searched with 'kupferstich' (engraving) & got >11000 illustrated results. This is a ***VERY SIGNIFICANT PORTAL*** with >1800 German institutions already taking part.

(it's in beta therefore ongoing)
library  reference  repository  art  engraving  germany  books  prints  portal 
november 2012
BibliOdyssey: Moderner Volkskunst Zierat
Early-ish 20th cent. stencilling prints (aka pochoir) of ornament designs. These are stylised and polished-up folk art designs originating in Germany's Saxony region. It's a slender album mixing Art Nouveau and Art Deco tropes with specific regional art movement elements. The colourful illustration plates were designs for residential decor: fabric, ceramics and the like.
pochoir  printing  artdeco  artnouveau  germany  design  ornament  from delicious
november 2012
BibliOdyssey: Early Explosives
Hand-painted manuscript (Medieval/Renaissance style) made in German in 1580s. Depicts all manner of grenade and explosive device and cannon as well as some novelty extras like ninja throwing stars and jet packs on animals! Naive but handsome illustration style.
combat  war  handcoloured  illustration  manuscript  c16  fireworks  bomb  grenade  cannon 
november 2012
BibliOdyssey: Discovering Australia
Some of the earliest watercolour sketches of animals, plants and local scenes in Australia. The English artist, John Lewin, arrived in Oz in 1800 and pursued an individual style that eschewed the staid and plastic classicism of European scientific drawing in favour of a more naturalistic approach that deployed the subjects among more true and real plants and atmosphere of their locality. So this collection is especially important in historical terms because it preserves some of the earliest tropes of a uniquely Australian identity (as obviously filtered by a European viewpoint).
watercolour  australia  history  flora  fauna  science  naturalhistory  c19  animals  plants  lewin  sydney  nsw  slnsw 
november 2012
BibliOdyssey: Art for Ape Sake
Small, humorous series of engravings produced in Belgium in 1635 or thereabouts by Quirin Boel after designs by David Teniers. The prints show pairs of monkeys engaged in mundane, social activities as anthropomorphic parodies of humans in the same situation. Playing musical instruments, smoking a pipe, drinking, gambling etc. There's something of a deeper commentary, no doubt, regarding the apparent differences between the species and/or the brainpower needed for regular human pastimes and the like. The main point is that it's fun, ahead of any purported layers.
monkey  animals  primate  satire  engraving  c17  humour  games  prints  davidteniers 
november 2012
Medieval Writing
"This site provides an introduction to medieval manuscripts through the medium of the arcane art of paleography, or the history and decoding of the forms of handwriting. [..]
manuscript  writing  paleography  medieval  manuscriptdecoration  type  typography  resource  repository  research 
november 2012
BibliOdyssey: Paris Hours
Manuscript miniatures featuring gold highlighting from late 15th c. France. Illustrations are of biblical scenes (mostly New Testament) together with elaborately decorated border regions containing painted foliage as well as imaginative drolleries among the acanthus leaves. Mirthful figures are caricatures of animals etc, seemingly at war, described at the source site as "grotesques, frequently obscene" (I think that's a stretch). Elegant, detailed, sophisticated hand.
grotesque  france  paris  illuminated  c15  religion  bible  manuscript  manuscriptdecoration 
november 2012
BibliOdyssey: Isidro Velázquez Designs
18th/19th century watercolour and pencil sketches of designs for classical-influenced buildings and fountains in Spain. These are elegant cross-sectional drawings, often featuring figures from Greek and Roman mythology, inspired by the artist's travels through Europe as a young man. The sketches are better than preliminary and are of structures that exist (either modifying earlier buildings or de novo early iterations of new constructions). (a couple of ephemeral designs too: alphabetic letter with classical backdrop and beautiful arabesque after Raphael's Vatican pavilion)
spain  architecture  fountain  watercolour  c18  c19  sketch  drawing  classical  mythology  repository 
november 2012
BibliOdyssey: Atlas Title Page Redux TWO
Another selection of (mostly) 19th cent. title page images from atlases sourced from the David Rumsey website. These skew towards US printing houses both because Rumsey collects them and because NE USA was powerhouse of printing innovation in 2nd half of 19th cent. Many different forms of scenic, architectural, scientific and typographic embellishments make these prints arresting and memorable.
mapping  maps  calligraphy  cartography  rumsey  titlepage  atlas  usa  printing  geography 
november 2012
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