Pictures of the firmament above us, taken from Étienne Léopold Trouvelot’s pastels that were turned into plates for his 1882 work “The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings.” Beautiful. Published by Scribner’s in New York.

“Solar protuberances: Observed on May 5, 1873 at 9h, 40m. A.M.” (rotated into the horizontal). Image ID#02. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-e6c8-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
“Total eclipse of the sun: Observed July 29, 1878, at Creston, Wyoming Territory.” Image ID#03. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-e81f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
“Group of sun spots and veiled spots: Observed on June 17th 1875 at 7 h. 30 m. A.M.” Image ID#01. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-e6c3-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
“Aurora Borealis: As observed March 1, 1872, at 9h. 25m. P.M.” Image ID#04. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-e6cd-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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.

“Benedictis – Relais 9.” Three large flowers with leaves and smaller flowers; on grey field. Image ID#1556176. 1930. French. Pochoir print. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e252-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#/?rotate=90
“Benedictis – Relais 8.” Stripes, angles, and circles; on light grey field. Image ID#1556175. 1930. French. Pochoir print. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. viahttps://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e251-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
“Benedicits – Relais 10.” Circles on blue field, rhomboids; on brown field. Image ID#1556177. 1930. French. Pochoir print. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e253-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#/?rotate=90
“Benedictis – Relais 11.” Abstract, angled and rounded shapes; on black field. ID #1556178. 1930. French. Pochoir print. Collections of the New York Public Library. In the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-e254-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#/?rotate=90

Life under the sea. Lithographs taken color pencil drawings made by Austrian artist Eugen Ransonnet-Villez while submerged in his diving bell. From the artist’s 1867 work “Sketches of the Inhabitants, Animal Life and Vegetation in the Lowlands and High Mountains of Ceylon.” Various archives. These images via publicdomainrevew.org.

“Submarine Rocks with Green Corals.” 1867. In the public domain due to age. Image source; commons.wikimedia.org, via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez
“Group of Corals.” 1860s. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez
“Coral Reef near Pointe de Galle.” ca. 1860s. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez
“Group of Alcyonidae.” ca. 1860s. In the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/underwater-landscapes-of-eugen-von-ransonnet-villez

Jugendstil imagery from “Dekorative Vorbilder : eine Sammlung von figürlichen Darstellungen und kunstgewerblichen Verzierungen” which was published in Stuttgart around 1893-1900. J. B. Heukelom, artist. Digital collections of the New York Public Library


Advertisements.” Image 1. Wallach Division Picture Collection, New York Public Library. Image © The New York Public Library, 2020 Fair use license. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-3e74-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99/book?parent=fc7d4980-c54f-012f-febe-58d385a7bc34#page/1/mode/2up
“Amaryllis.” Image 2. Wallach Division Picture Collection, New York Public Library. Image © The New York Public Library, 2020 Fair use license. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-3e74-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99/book?parent=fc7d4980-c54f-012f-febe-58d385a7bc34#page/3/mode/2up
Design showing a woman’s head, a joker and a sword. Image 11. Wallach Division Picture Collection, New York Public Library. Image © The New York Public Library, 2020. Fair use license. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-3e74-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99/book?parent=fc7d4980-c54f-012f-febe-58d385a7bc34#page/11/mode/2up

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 © 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/