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Seminal publication on anatomy of the nervous system, released in the 1780s. Features beautiful hand-coloured etched stipple engravings of sections of brain tissue. (so it ends up looking something like a colourful early version of the modern day brain CT scan). Comes from a majory historical anatomy atlas work by Felix Vicq d'Azyr and seems to be the only copies of these illustrations on the web.
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1440 northern Italian copiously illustrated parchment MS. It contains beautiful (and sometimes fanciful) depictions of plants that were considered to have medicinal properties. These HERBALS were the early manifestations of pharmaceutical reference manuals. Bright and colourful illustrations (incl. some animals).
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Manuscript produced in Germany in the 1520s with naive hand-painted medicinal herbs. They're all fairly eccentric in appearance (non-naturalistic) although some of them can be recognised. A number of them feature roots in the shape of pseudo-animals or humans. This is late example of a Medieval herbal.
This link recently saved by bibliodyssey on November 01, 2009
Multi: lost dodo sketch; turquoise magpie; opossum; moths; pineapple; satirical prints on law, religion, politics, women & fools; convict, gentleman & street seller prints; Scot dressed as Native American; L.A. olympics, creation & celestial maps; anatomy of the head; Maori coffin; 19th cent. typography and more.
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The image database at the National Library of Medicine has been upgraded to enhance search/viewing. They have nearly 70,000 images (photos and prints etc). This post features a few library scenes, dissections in university theatres, Hogarth satire, allegorical caduceus prints and a couple of modern surreal lithographs.
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Multi: book wheel; knotwork calligraphy; Illuminated lettering; young girl sketch; watercolour of pixies; face made of shells (like Arcimboldo); absurdist hat engravings; modern graphic art sketches by Hugo Steiner-Prag & Erik Nitsche; Russian futurist lithographs (skull and abstract theatre); commedia dell'arte-esque ship of fools; hebrew linguistic anatomy; horse anatomy; sailing ship construction manuals; Goya nightmarish sketch; full body splinting device + more..
This link recently saved by bibliodyssey on September 11, 2008
Multi: dirigible designs from 1780s; Japanese coloured woodblock anatomy pics from 1813; dragon and decorative initial manuscript pages; ornamental typography cover of scenic French lithographs; illustrations from the first British caricature book; wrigley's cartoon 'spearmen'; anti-Christ broadside; Adam & Eve & skeleton and more plus links.