Plates of bird eggs detailed up enough that you feel like you are peeking in their nest. Victorian. Taken from Francis Orpen Morris’ 1853 work “A natural history of the nests and eggs of British birds.”

White Spoonbill and Ibis. Plate CLXIII. Page 4. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/4/mode/2up
Curlew and Whimbrel. Plate CLXIV. Page 10. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/10/mode/2up
Spotted Redshank and Redshank. Plate CLXV. Page 16. Collections of the  American Museum of Natural History Library. Biodiversity Heritage Library digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/naturalhistoryof03morr/page/16/mode/2up

Pochoir prints from “Relais 1930,” a posthumous collection of designs by Édouard Benedictus who lived from 1878 to 1930 and designed textiles and wallpaper. Digital collections of the New York Public Library.

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Fish, birds, abstract shapes; on dark red field (detail). 1930. French. Image ID #1556168. In the public domain. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e24a-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Rhomboid and square shapes; on black field (detail). 1930. French. Image ID #1556169. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e24b-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Brown delta shapes, blue circles; on grey field. 1930. French. Image ID #1556170. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e24c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Pochoir prints from “Le Livre de la vérité de la Parole.” A limited edition of only 150, this was a set of plates sold in a slip case. There were 106 plates in black and white and color along with other plates, and a text drawn from ancient Egyptian writings by Joseph Charles Mardrus. François-Louis Schmied did the plates. It was printed in Paris in 1929.

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Plate. Image © 2020 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/the-library-of-a-greek-bibliophile-travel-books-aldines-and-an-important-quran/schmied-and-mardrus-le-livre-de-la-verite-de-la?locale=en

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Plate. Image © KB National Library of the Netherlands. Fair use license. via https://www.kb.nl/en/themes/koopman-collection/le-livre-de-la-verite-de-parole

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Plate. Image © 1996 – 2020 AbeBooks Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.abebooks.com/Livre-v%C3%A9rit%C3%A9-parole-Transcription-textes-%C3%A9gyptiens/22581133020/bd

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Plate. Image © Julien Mannoni livres anciens. Fair use license. via https://www.design-is-fine.org/post/91462091509/fran%C3%A7ois-louis-schmied-artwork-for-le-livre-de-la

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Plate. Image © Julien Mannoni livres anciens. Fair use license. via https://www.design-is-fine.org/post/91462091509/fran%C3%A7ois-louis-schmied-artwork-for-le-livre-de-la

Seashells from 1811 that look just like the ones on the beach, taken from George Brown’s “The Elements of Conchology, or, Natural History of Shells” which was published in London in 1816. All the plates being signed by George Brown and Robert Scott.

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“Univalve.” Plate 9, page 7. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofconcho01brow/page/n7/mode/2up

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“Parts of shells,Multivalve and bivalve.’ Plate 1, page 186. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofconcho01brow/page/n186/mode/1up

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“Parts of shells, bivalve and univalve. Plate 2, page 188. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofconcho01brow/page/n188/mode/1up

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“Parts of shells, univalve.” Plate 3, page 191. Collections of and digitalized by the Smithsonian Libraries. Fair use licence. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofconcho01brow/page/n190/mode/1up

Flowers to hang up all over the house so you can time travel back to anywhere with roses. Pochoir prints from Eugène Grasset’s “La Plante et ses Applications Ornementales sous la Direction.” Printed in Paris in 1896.

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“Columbine ~ Ancoli, ~ die Aglei.” Plate 12. Page 12. Anna Martin, artist. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing partner. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/planteetsesappl00Gras/page/12/mode/2up

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“Courd ~ Courge ~ der Kürbisse.” Plate 13. Page 30. Maurice Pillard Verneuil, artist. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing partner. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/planteetsesappl00Gras/page/n29/mode/2up

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“Courd ~ Courge ~ der Kürbisse.” Plate 14, page 32. Maurice Pillard Verneuil, artist. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing partner. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/planteetsesappl00Gras/page/n31/mode/2up

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“Courd ~ Courge ~ der Kürbisse.” Plate 15, page 34. C. G. Schlum, artist. Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitalizing partner. In the public domain due to age. via

Fantasy architecture straight out of the 16th century. French. Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau, (duCerceau), creator (1510-1584). Maybe it looked like that, maybe it didn’t. Doesn’t matter, really.

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Grotesque Ornament Panel. 1566. French. Etching. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/338721

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Design for furniture. 1565-1570. French. Etching. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/787857

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Moorish ornament design, one of 19 etchings that were printed in Antwerp in 1563. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/androuet-du-cerceau-jacques-ca-1520-1586-5698258-details.aspx

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Soffitto con puttini. 1560. French. Etching. Image © 1996 – 2020 AbeBooks Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.abebooks.com/Soffitto-puttini-Jacques-Androuet-CERCEAU/22415633842/bd

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Architecture fantastique. 16th c. French. Collections of the Musée Condé (Chantilly) (RMN). Fair use license. via http://meonline.hu/en/magyar-epitomuveszet-hirek/androuet-du-cerceau-1520-1586/

Orchids, chromolithographic plates from Frederick Boyle’s 1901 work “The Woodlands Orchids” which was published in London. J. L. MacFarlane, lithographer.

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“Zygo colax-woodlandsense.” Frontispiece, page 9. Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/woodlandsorchids00boyl/page/n9/mode/2up

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“Laelio cattleya x Elegans Variety Cyanthus.” page 16. Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/woodlandsorchids00boyl/page/16/mode/2up

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“Cattleya Trianae Variety Measuresiae.” Page 60. Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/woodlandsorchids00boyl/page/n59/mode/2up

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“Laelio cattleya x Elegans Variety MacFarlane.” Page 47.Collections of and digitalized by the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/woodlandsorchids00boyl/page/n46/mode/2up

Stylized animals and plants, plates from Arnold Lyongrun’s 1899 work “Neue freie Dekorationsmotive entwickelt aus dem Tier- und Pflanzenreich : Eine Auswahl von Entwurfen in modernen Stil, mit Rucksicht auf die praktische Verwendung im Kunstgewerbe” which was published in Leipzig by B.F. Voigt. Pochoir prints.

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Plate 1, page 6. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n6/mode/2up

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Plate 4, page 14. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n11/mode/2up

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Plate 2, page 10. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n8/mode/2up

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Plate 3, page 12. Collections of the Clark Institute Library. Digitalized by the Boston Public Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/neuefreiedekorat00lyon/page/n9/mode/2up

Drypoint prints of 1920s society ladies, mostly Continental but not all. Taken from album number three in a numbered edition of 10 copies that was published in Paris in 1925 and is in an upcoming auction. Artwork by Alex Rzewuski who was a Russian émigré.

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Princesse Léon Radziwill, née Dolorès (Dolly) Radziwill (1886-1966). ca. 1925. Drypoint enhanced with color and white chalk on old Japan paper. Signed by the artist in pencil on the lower left. Alex Rzewuski, artist. Image © Etude Coutau-Begarie and lotsearch.net. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.de/lot/portrait-de-la-princesse-leon-radziwill-nee-dolores-dolly-radziwill-49847430?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter&page=2

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Madame John Barrymore, née Blanche Oelrichs. (1890-1950). 1925. Drypoint enhanced with color and white chalk on old Japanese paper. Signed by the artist in pencil on the lower left. Alex Rzewuski, artist. Image © Etude Coutau-Begarie and lotsearch.net. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.de/lot/portrait-de-madame-john-barrymore-nee-blanche-oelrichs-1890-1950-49847437?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnew

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Maharani of Kapurthala, born Anita Delgado-Brionès (1890-1962). 1925. Drypoint enhanced with color and white chalk on old Japanese paper. Signed in pencil by the artist on the lower left. Image © Etude Coutau-Begarie and lotsearch.net. Fair use license. via

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Comtesse Irina Ilianova Worontzoff-Daschkoff (1872-1959). 1925. Drypoint enhanced with color and white chalk on old Japan paper. Signed by the artist in pencil on the lower left. Signed by the artist in pencil on the lower left. Alex Rzewuski, artist. Image © Etude Coutau-Begarie and lotsearch.net. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.de/lot/portrait-de-la-comtesse-irina-ilianova-worontzoff-daschkoff-1872-1959-49847432?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsletter&page=2

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Princesse Isabelle de France (1900-1983). 1925. Drypoint enhanced with color and white chalk on old Japan paper. Signed in pencil by the artist on the lower left. Alex Rzewuski, artist. Image © Etude Coutau-Begarie and lotsearch.net. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.de/lot/portrait-de-la-princesse-isabelle-de-france-1900-1983-pointe-seche-49847433?utm_source=auction-newsletter-email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Auktionsnewsletter&utm_content=Email:%20Auktionsnewsl

Plates depicting modern Sicilian architecture, modern in 1835, that is. Taken from “Architecture moderne de la Sicile, ou Recueil des plus beaux monumens religieux, et des édifices publics et particuliers les plus remarquables de la Sicile” by architects Jacques Ignace Hittorff and Ludwig Zanth. Published in 1835.

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“Élévation de l’école de botanique de Palerme, exécutée à MDCCXC par L. Dufourny Arch.” Page 77. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125010714646/page/n77/mode/2up

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“Chaire pour prêcher et fontes d’eau bénite dans la cathédrale de messine.” Page 90. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125010714646/page/n90/mode/2up

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“Fontaine de palais de l’archevêque de messine.” Page 108. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125010714646/page/n108/mode/2up

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“Porte principale de la cathédrale de messine.” Page 82. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. viahttps://archive.org/details/gri_33125010714646/page/n82/mode/2up

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“élévation de la grande fontaine sur la marine de Messine.” Page 126. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125010714646/page/n126/mode/2up

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“Détails de l’église royale de Sainte. Marie Nuova de Monreale.” Page 216. Collections of and digitalized by the Getty Research Institute. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/gri_33125010714646/page/n217/mode/2up