17th century Calligraphy from Germany

Select full page spreads from a 17th century German book on calligraphy entitled The Proper Art of Writing: a compilation of all sorts of capital or initial letters…more

The Proper Art of Writing (1655)

A 17th century German book on the art of writing. A great range of different styles are represented seemingly increasing in elaborateness, and also illegibility, as…more

17th-century Heraldry Designs (1695)

Select images from the book Nouveau Livre de Differens Cartouches, Couronnes, Casques, Supports et Tenans – roughly translated as a New Book of Different Cartouch…more

Hortus Malabaricus (1678-1693)

Selected illustrations from the stunning Hortus Malabaricus (Garden of Malabar), an epic treatise dealing with the medicinal properties of the flora in the Indian s…more

Arabic Machine Manuscript

Images from an Arabic manuscript featuring schematics for water powered systems, pulleys and gearing mechanisms. The date is unknown but is thought to be from somet…more

Novum Instrumentum Geometricum (1607)

Illustrations from Leonhard Zubler’s Novum Instrumentum Geometricum (1607). Zubler was a Swiss goldsmith and instrument maker who is credited with introducing the…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

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