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Draco image from the "Lambspring Book"

Eclectic historic science and art images from rare books and prints

Mad Art Nouveau fantasy illustrations by the Belgian artist, Jean de Bosschère, from his 1921 book, 'Weird Islands'.

Mad Art Nouveau fantasy illustrations by the Belgian artist, Jean de Bosschère, from his 1921 book, 'Weird Islands'.

Magnum opus, Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Università di Bologna

Magnum opus, Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), Università di Bologna

Museum museorum, oder, Vollständige Schau-Bühne aller Materialien und Specereyen

1704 - Museum museorum, valentini natur und materialien by Johann David Zunner

Depictions of waterspouts from Le Forze d’Eolo, Dialogo Fisico-Matematico Sopra gli Effetti del Vortice (1694) by the Italian astronomer Geminiano Montanari (1633–1687). Montanari's "physical-mathematical dialogue", mainly a theoretical discussion on tornadoes, is describing the effects of a tornado that occurred in the State of Venice about 5 p.m. on 29 July 1686 causing damages in Mantova, Padova and Verona. Source: Montanari, Geminiano, 1694: Le Forze d'Eolo. Dialogo Fisico-matematico…

Bogdan Antonescu personal research page on tornadoes and severe storms in Europe

Gehörnte Hasen

Zentralbibliothek on

Gehörnte Hasen

Illuminated Manuscript, Five poems (quintet), Bahrām Gūr kills a dragon, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.608, fol. 174a detail by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

thevintagearab: “Illuminated Manuscript, Five poems (quintet), Bahrām Gūr kills a dragon, Walters Art Museum Ms.

Palmen  Königliche Gartenbibliothek Herrenhausen

Palmen Königliche Gartenbibliothek Herrenhausen

Campi Phlegraei

Campi Phlegraei

Campi Phlegraei

Campi Phlegraei

Paris flying dragons. Harley 4418 f. 214v. Jean d'Arras, Roman de Mélusine,  c. 1450

The ladies at the window seem quite undismayed by the aerobatic display: Women and dragons BL Harley 4418