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Topic: book illustrations

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The Maharaja of Barwani with ambulance cars [Merville, France]. Photographer: H. D. Girdwood.

Reference: Photo 24/(219)..From the Girdwood Collection held by the British Library..This image is part of the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 ( http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en ) ..Date: 2 Aug 1915..See als... more

Incipit of Luke's Gospel from BL Add 40618, f. 23

The script is an eighth-century Irish minuscule. The original decorated initial has been erased (traces of its interlace can still be seen) and a 'modern' initial Q painted over it as part of a programme of mod... more

John from BL Add 40618, f. 49v

Evangelist miniature of John; part of a programme of modernisation of an eighth-century Irish pocket Gospelbook, possibly carried out at Winchester or Canterbury, added to the volume in the tenth century. Image... more

Disrobing of Christ from BL Stowe 17, f. 89

Historiated initial of the disrobing of Christ, with an initial of two men wrestling, and marginal figures of prophets with scrolls, and in the margins, a monkey pouring water on a man spearing a boar, and a ra... more

Saints from BL Stowe 17, f. 14v

Miniature of two female saints, with angels or musicians in the roundels. Image taken from f. 14v of Book of Hours, Use of Maastricht ('The Maastricht Hours'). Written in Latin, with a calendar and final prayer... more

Mocking of Christ from BL Stowe 17, f. 53

Historiated initial 'D'(eus) of the Mocking of Christ, with a partial bar border including two lions fighting one another. Image taken from f. 53 of Book of Hours, Use of Maastricht ('The Maastricht Hours'). Wr... more

Venus and Aeneas from BL King's 24, f. 164

Miniature of Venus arming Aeneas in the foreground, and on the right, Aeneas meeting Evander, at the beginning of book VII of Virgil's Aeneid, and decorated initial 'U'(t). Image taken from f. 164 of Bucolica (... more

Miniature of rural life from BL King's 24, f. 37

Detail of miniature illustrating book III of Virgil's Georgics, with shepherds in a landscape with sheep, goats, cattle, sheep-shearing, and milking. Image taken from f. 37 of Bucolica (index Bucolics, Eclogues... more

Civliano consuli ac patricio Priscianus salutem

Print shows page of text on weights and measures, with illuminated borders.

[Mobile tank-like fortress in the shape of a dragon]

Print shows a dragon-shaped, mobile fortress equipped cannons and capable of carrying troops, with a ladder device mounted on the front used for scaling walls or as a bridge during siege warfare.

[Portable siege ladder]

Print shows a portable ladder with sections that are screwed together, used during siege warfare.

Des Humeurs et qualites

Qualities of primary matter: elements of earth and water surrounded by concentric circles of air, then fire.

Du Temps

Medieval time wheel with twelve signs of zodiac; activities, usually related to plants or planting, for each month of the year; and center scene of woman in summer above man in winter.

L'Aquatinta magnanimo duca

Decorated initial L showing mathematician Luca Paccioli as Franciscan monk, surrounded by text, and rope-patterened border.

De insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis

Christopher Columbus discovering America.

De insulis nuper in Mari Indico repertis [and] de insulis nuper inventis

A two-page spread from In laudem Serenissimi Ferdinandi, Hispania[rum] Regis, Bethicae & regni Granatae obsidio victoria & triu[m]phus. Et De insulis in Mari Indico nuper inuentis. [Basel] : I[ohann] B[ergmann,... more

Acorus calamus

Sweet flag or sweet rush plant with wading bird; and surrounding text.

Typus arithmeticae

The form of arithmetic, possibly muse of arithmetic, shown as woman standing between Boethius writing Arabic numerals and Pythagorus doing reckoning with counters.

Typus gramatic

Grammar represented as a woman with alphabet board and a key showing a youth the entrance to university building filled with students.

De Terre motu

Buildings moving and spire toppling in an earthquake.

[Telescoping siege machine]

Print shows a telescoping tower raised from beneath by a screw mechanism manipulated by two men, used during siege warfare to gain an advantage of height by those perpetrating the siege.

[Underwater breathing apparatus]

Print shows a device with a long tube for breathing, worn over the head, to allow a soldier to walk underwater; also shows the device being used in the background.

[Air mattress made from animal skins]

Print shows two soldiers resting on an air mattress made by sewing together and inflating animal skins.