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The First Shape Book: Little Red Riding Hood (1863)
This 1863 rendering of Perrault's classic tale, is thought to be the very first shape book, or die cut book, at least in the United States.
On the Disposition of Iron in Variegated Strata (1868)
Images depicting ferruginous variation from a 19th-century geological paper, at times like some kind of geological precursor to the 50s experiments of Abstract Expressionism.
Human Forms in Nature: Ernst Haeckel’s Trip to South Asia and Its Aftermath
An early promoter and populariser of Darwin's evolutionary theory, the German biologist and artist Ernst Haeckel was a hugely influential figure of the late 19th century. Bernd Brunner looks at how a ...
Émile-Antoine Bayard’s Illustrations for Around the Moon by Jules Verne (1870)
Arguably the very first images to depict space travel on a scientific basis, by the French illustrators Émile-Antoine Bayard and Alphonse de Neuville.
Woodrow Wilson On Democratic Principles (1912)
Recording made by Woodrow Wilson in the run up to the 1912 election, which he would go on to win.
Hieroglyphic Journal of a Voyage to the Caribbean (1815)
Unusual and delightfully ingenious book which employs a series of "hieroglyphic" plates to frame an account of a trade voyage to the Caribbean.
The Art of Philosophy: Visualising Aristotle in Early 17th-Century Paris
Illustrations from the Lights of Canopus (1847)
Exquisite illustrations from a 19th-century Persian version of an ancient Indian collection of animal fables called the Panchatantra.
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