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Links 1 through 10 of 1295 Paul K's Bookmarks

A 17th German album of engravings of flowers, birds and insects that was intended to provide models for artists in jewellery, painting and book illustration etc from which to copy. We know very little about this album.

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1880s/1890s letters of appreciation sent to a popular governor of NSW. The stand-out factor is that these albums are illuminated and decorated with wonderful typographic forms and natural history watercolour specimens.

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1880s book of lithographs poking fun at French military uniforms, often by including soldiers performing war tasks adjacent to children.

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Early 19th century hand-coloured engravings of species from the Erica genus: flowering heath/heather shrubs imported into Europe from southern Africa.

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19th century woodblock print series -- 'Ehon Taka Kagami' -- showing all manner of hawk and falcon training and behaviour. The pages were specially treated with mica dust to give a certain sheen or glitter to the feathering of the wings for instance. This is the most esteemed Japanese work on falcon/hawk training in history.

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Late 17th/early 18th century suite of beautiful watercolour sketches (plants/insects) by Johanna Helena Herolt, the daughter of Maria Sibylla Merian, one of the greats in scientific drawing. The material here is stylised but naturalistic and very much influenced by her mother's style (Johanna helped produce many of her mother's publications).

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One of the first ever manuals outlining techniques for performing combat roles. Illustrations cover hand-to-hand, daggers, swords and poleaxe, as well as horsemanship skills. Author: Fiore Furlan dei Liberi da Premariacco

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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.

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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.

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Advertising posters from the 2nd half of the 19th century for cabaret / music-hall acts in an eponymous venue in Paris.

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