16th-Century Pattern Book for Scribes

A medieval pattern book for scribes composed of two parts and dating from around 1510 and hailing from Swabia, Germany – including lots of wonderful calligraphy….more

Adriaen Coenen’s Fish Book (1580)

Selected double-page spreads from Adriaen Coenen’s exquisite Visboek (Fish Book), an epic 800 page tome on all things fish and fish-related. Coenen began work on th…more

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described by John of Patmos in his Book of Revelations, the last book of the New Testament. The chapter tells of a “‘book’, …more

Codex Mendoza (1542)

The Codex Mendoza is an Aztec codex, created about twenty years after the Spanish conquest of Mexico with the intent that it be seen by Charles V, the Holy Roman Em…more

A Catalogue of Polish Bishops

The Catalogus Archiepiscoporum Gnesnensium Vitae episcoporum Cracoviensium (Catalogue of the Archbishops of Gniezno and Lives of the Bishops of Cracow) by Jan Dług…more

Huexotzinco Codex (1531)

The Huexotzinco Codex is an eight-sheet document on amatl, a pre- European paper made in Mesoamerica. It is part of the testimony in a legal case against representa…more