Watercolors of birds by Victorians John and Elizabeth Gould. She did watercolors and he was a book writing ornithologist. 1800-1840.

"Major Mitchell's cockatoo."
“Major Mitchell’s cockatoo.” Watercolor. From a volume of original bird illustrations allocated to the Natural History Museum, London. Image © The Trustees of The Natural History Museum, London. Fair use license. via http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2019/january/john-and-elizabeth-goulds-watercolour-bird-drawings.html
"Black Swan." Volume 7 (n1-a.7). Plate VI.
“Black Swan.” Volume 7 (n1-a.7). Plate VI. from “The Birds of Australia” which came out between 1840 and 1848. Colored lithographic plate. Image © Special Collections Department, Library, University of Glasgow. Fair use license. via http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/month/july2005.html
"Lophophorus impeyanus." 1831.
“Lophophorus impeyanus.” 1831. Plate from “A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains.” Image © Smithsonian Institution. Fair use license. via https://blog.library.si.edu/blog/2018/03/29/elizabeth-gould-an-accomplished-woman/#more-‘
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Hand colored stippled engravings of fruit to make your parlor look like an orchard. If you squeeze your eyes shut long enough I’m sure it will smell just like peaches in summer. From George Brookshaw’s 1817 work “Pomona Britannica” . Starting off as a cabinet maker, Brookshaw reinvented himself as a fruit and flower painter. Lucky we are that he did.

"Four varieties of excellent apples."
“Four varieties of excellent apples.” Collection of the Houghton Library, Harvard University. In the public domain in the United States because the maker has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Houghton_Agr_209.10_-_Brookshaw,_Pomona_Britannica,_apples.jpg
"Plums." Plate XVIII.
“Plums.” Plate XVIII. Image © 2004 – 2013 fineantiqueprints.com. Fair use license. via http://fineantiqueprints.com/Botanicals19thc/BrookshawGeorge/4402
"Hazelnuts."
“Hazelnuts.” In the public domain in the United States because the maker has been dead over 70 years. via https://theironroom.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/season-of-mists-and-mellow-fruitfulness/

Renaissance calligraphy and botany all in one place from the illuminated manuscript “Mira calligraphae monumenta”. Calligraphy done in 1561 and 1562 by Georg Bocksay, secretary to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I. Flora and fauna added thirty years later by Joris Hoefnagel at the request of Ferdinand’s grandson Rudolph II.

"Speckled wood, talewort, garden pea, and lantern plant. "
“Speckled wood, talewort, garden pea, and lantern plant.” Collection of the Getty Museum. Part of their Open Content Program. Fair use license. via https://mymodernmet.com/mira-calligraphiae-monumenta/
“Spider, love-in-a-mist, Potter wasp, and red currant.”
“Spider, love-in-a-mist, Potter wasp, and red currant.” Collection of the Getty Museum. Part of their Open Content Program. Fair use license. via https://mymodernmet.com/mira-calligraphiae-monumenta/
"A quarter-sized Lord’s Prayer is poised below an intricately knotted text."
“A quarter-sized Lord’s Prayer is poised below an intricately knotted text.” Collection of the Getty Museum. Part of their Open Content Program. Fair use license. via https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/illluminated-manuscript-calligraphy-guide?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=85ee16ea90-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_02_28_Not_L
A vessel of words, with an imaginary wasp.
A vessel of words, with an imaginary wasp. Collection of the Getty Museum. Part of their Open Content Program. Fair use license. via https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/illluminated-manuscript-calligraphy-guide?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=85ee16ea90-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_02_28_Not_L
A veritable fireworks display of words, and a fat tomato.
A veritable fireworks display of words, and a fat tomato. Collection of the Getty Museum. Part of their Open Content Program. Fair use license. via https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/illluminated-manuscript-calligraphy-guide?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=85ee16ea90-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_02_28_Not_L

These are a mere sampling of what is contained in this manuscript. Please check out this link if you’d like to look at more: http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/1487/joris-hoefnagel-and-georg-bocskay-mira-calligraphiae-monumenta-flemish-and-hungarian-fols-1-129-written-1561-1562-illumination-added-about-1591-1596/?dz=0.5000,0.5000,0.50

More tropical flowers but from a bit further back than yesterday. From Nancy Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft’s 1828 tome “Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba”.

Plumeria alba. Flower of the jasmine tree. Plate 8.
Plumeria alba. Flower of the jasmine tree. Plate 8. Rare and Special Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain. Digitalized by Cornell University. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=1
Cordia sebestena or scarlet cordia. Plate 9. Page 59.
Cordia sebestena or scarlet cordia. Plate 9. Page 59. Rare and Special Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain. Digitalized by Cornell University. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=43
Cordia gerascanthus/Prince wood or Spanish elm. Plate 10. Page 41.
Cordia gerascanthus/Prince wood or Spanish elm. Plate 10. Page 41. Rare and Special Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain. Digitalized by Cornell University. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=47
Cameraria latifolia or Bastard Manchioneel. Plate 11. Page 45.
Cameraria latifolia or Bastard Manchioneel. Plate 11. Page 45. Rare and Special Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain. Digitalized by Cornell University. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=51
Fruit of the Naseberry. Plate 12. Page 49.
Fruit of the Naseberry. Plate 12. Page 49. Rare and Special Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain. Digitalized by Cornell University. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=55

Second blog post of botanical drawings from this book. More coming. Much left to look through.

Flowers in Cuba from a long time ago. From American Nancy Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft’s “Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba”. Gone since 1828 she has left a glorious treasury for us to see. Digitized and made available for download at the HathiTrust digital library, by way of Cornell University’s Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

Canna indica or Indian shot.
Canna indica or Indian shot. Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=9
Justicia.
Justicia. Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=9
Justicia picta leaf. Number 10.
Justicia picta leaf. Number 10. Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=9
Rivina humilis, Hoop withe.
Rivina humilis, Hoop withe. Page 27. Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=9
Pothos. Plate 7M.
Pothos. Plate 7M. Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=9