Transit of Venus (1882)

The etching above shows William Crabtree in 1639 making what is thought to be one of the very first observations of the ‘Transit of Venus’, when the planet Venu…more

Japanese Designs (1902)

Selected pages from 1901 and 1902 issues of Shin-Bijutsukai, a Japanese design magazine. You can see the original magazines in their wonderful entirety here in our …more

Turtle Anatomy (1821)

Images from Anatome Testudinis Europaeae (1819-21) by the German physician and naturalist Ludwig Heinrich Bojanus (1776–1827). Bojanus was born at Bouxwiller in A…more

Fortification Theory (1600)

Images from Jean Errard’s Fortification Réduicte Art and Démonstrée (Paris, 1600), a seminal work in fortification theory. Errard (1554-1610) was a mathematici…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

Illustrations of Ventilation (1869)

Illustrations showing movement of air through various rooms, from Lectures on Ventilation (1869) by Lewis W. Leeds. The full book can be seen here on Internet Archi…more

Dazzle Ships

Dazzle camouflage (also known as Razzle Dazzle or Dazzle painting) was a military camouflage paint scheme used on ships, extensively during World War I and to a les…more

B. W. Betts’ Geometrical Psychology

Diagrams from Geometrical psychology, or, The science of representation: an abstract of the theories and diagrams of B. W. Betts (1887) by Louisa S. Cook, which det…more