There's some fascinating engraving and illustration to be seen at the Museum of Insurance
. (Better than watching paint dry. Seriously)
A gallery of scanned German children's books from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Sounds dry, but the plates are high-resolution
. Fans of old-school engraving, illustration, and Bibliodyssey-esque curiosities will not be disappointed. Highly extensive and bandwidth-intensive.
Eighteenth century obstetric engravings by Jan van Rymsdyk
Dutch illustrator van Rymsdyk
(also spelled van Riemsdyk
) was working in England when he made 31 engravings for William Hunter's The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus
. Recent research suggests
Hunter and his fellow pioneer of obstetrics William Smellie may have been responsible for the murders of some 40 pregnant women in order to gain corpses for their anatomical research.
The Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
A collection of over 900 zoomable print engravings
, organized around the work of Antonio Lafreri
and other Italian publishers
, whose documentation of Roman ruins
helped fuel the Renaissance
. The itineraries
are a good place to start for detailed discussion
, or just browse away
. [via the wonderful Bouphonia]