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Links 1 through 10 of 289 by Paul K tagged science

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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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