Illustrations from ‘A Pictorial Atlas of Fossil Remains’, London, 1850. pic.twitter.com/IeBkWDKH5r
Woodcut from “The burning of London in the Year 1666”, published by Samuel Rolle (1667). pic.twitter.com/tF835yuDx4
It’s funny that the designer of this title-page cared enough about its design to have a woodcut made for the opening (albeit clumsy) ‘THE’, and yet still managed to set the ‘S’ in ‘HISTORIE’ upside down.
[From Edward Topsell’s ‘The History of Four-footed Beasts’, 1607.] pic.twitter.com/rn4nucyR2e
The brilliant beginnings of comparative anatomy in this marvelous woodcut From Claude Belon’s ‘Natural History of Birds’, 1555. pic.twitter.com/aNAtOHzdG4
One of the deadliest (& funniest) creatures to have walked the earth. According to Aristophanes, the child-eating lamia had especially large and odorous testicles.
From Topsell’s ‘The History of 4-Footed Beasts & Serpents’ (1658), based on Gessner’s ‘Animal History’ (1551–58) pic.twitter.com/uG4H9ZdUmH
The first printed tourist guide (1486) and a book that I mention briefly in my book, Typographic Firsts.
A zoomable version here:
Also, note the Back to the Future character wearing dark slacks and a blue-grey v-neck sweater! pic.twitter.com/PHskiW5tAx
Magnificent color prints from Ernst Haeckel’s “Kunstformen der Natur” (Art Forms in Nature), published 1899–1904: pic.twitter.com/GQrPB6nzb6
Beautiful plates from The Anatomy of Plants (1680), by the English botanist Nehemiah Grew (1641–1712): pic.twitter.com/e64t0FK936
Fonts in Focus, the first in a new series of short, easy-to-read reviews, showcasing great type. Enjoy & share ☞ https://ilovetypography.com/2019/10/28/new-fonts-decimal-netflix-and-chill/ … pic.twitter.com/STUJCMvUR6
Tomorrow I’ll be posting the first in a fun new series of Fonts in Focus. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out “From Milky Way to Multiverse”, especially for those who love the night sky and typography.
Exquisite engravings from two early English editions of Palladio (1715 & 1721). pic.twitter.com/Z3MO0FWEln
Magnificent illustrations from Wenzel Jamnitzer’s “Perspectiva Corporum Regularium” (Perspective of the Regular Bodies), 1568. pic.twitter.com/g9xEtY6vXK
Even the mighty Hydra is not immune to the curse of the Legos. From Albertus Seba’s zoological Thesaurus (1734). More at @BibliOdyssey http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2009/06/cabinet-of-natural-curiosities.html … pic.twitter.com/MjxrigjOCR
From Mezzotint to the Multiverse, and the wonderful illustrations from Thomas Wright’s ‘New Theory of the Universe’.
From the magnificent Flora Graeca (The Flora of Greece), now at @bodleianlibs. Forty years in the making, and published in 10 volumes, 1806–40.
Best depiction of Noah’s Ark, ever. Looks as though Noah & fam have dropped anchor off the coast of Capri to catch some rays.
[From a German Bible of 1483; printed by Anton Koberger.]
Also, in Noah’s day, mermaids carried compacts! pic.twitter.com/4tBMBH7cwS
When you drop anchor and start preparing dinner for the crew, only to discover you’re on a giant whale! Charming woodcut from Gessner’s 16th-century encyclopedia of animals. pic.twitter.com/qAbPsXVVdd
I’ve written a short review of @ProfTomMole’s [spoiler alert!] wonderful ‘The Secret Life of Books’
Wonderful 17th-century book design. A foldout, opposite the title-page, that serves as a quick-reference index. And, not that I have, but if you have ever wondered how “to make a horse pisse” see page 126.
[‘The Gentleman’s Jockey’, London, 1681] pic.twitter.com/oDPJ0DP2DL
An intriguing 17th-century game that never quite made it to Xbox. From the brilliant @PublicDomainRev https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-games-and-pleasures-of-childhood-1657/ … pic.twitter.com/wkwx2a0fPb
HOW's design competitions are designed for one reason: to highlight the incredible work of the design community. This year, it amounts to 156 pages stuffed full of innovative, interesting design. Download our free digital special issue to see all the work! https://buff.ly/2XcOLKt pic.twitter.com/aRIaUigLjG
Magnificent illustrations from ‘On the Motion of Animals’, 1680. And look at those numerals. That mad big-headed 3! pic.twitter.com/X3H7btdLQ1
Among many other things, Catherine Whitwell wrote and illustrated a wonderful children’s guide to astronomy — here’s one of her hand-colored engravings from that book, ‘An Astronomical Catechism’ (London, 1818). pic.twitter.com/6qDHqfZhcA