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Jan van Kessel’s Signature of Caterpillars and Snakes (1657)

- May 28, 2019 in artist signature, caterpillars, insects, Jan van Kessel, signature, snakes, spiders, weirdest artist signature, writing

One of history's most idiosyncratic artist signatures, composed entirely of writhing creatures.

Jan van Kessel’s Signature of Caterpillars and Snakes (1657)

- May 28, 2019 in artist signature, caterpillars, insects, Jan van Kessel, signature, snakes, spiders, weirdest artist signature, writing

One of history's most idiosyncratic artist signatures, composed entirely of writhing creatures.

Letters to Dead Authors (1886)

- April 24, 2018 in andrew lang, literary criticism, writers, writing

Letters to Dead Authors, by Andrew Lang; 1886;London: Longmans, Green, and co. Letters to Dead Authors contains twenty-two letters written by Andrew Lang (1844–1912) to bards, poets, and novelists from Homer to Rabelais to Austen. An incredibly prolific writer from the Scottish Borders, Lang’s name can be found on 249 books and thousands of newspaper […]

Letters to Dead Authors (1886)

- April 24, 2018 in andrew lang, literary criticism, writers, writing

Twenty-two letters written by Andrew Lang (1844–1912) to bards, poets, and novelists from Homer to Rabelais to Austen.

The Model Book of Calligraphy (1561–1596)

- November 7, 2017 in botanical illustrations, botany, calligraphy, flowers, fruits, Georg Bocskay, insects, Joris Hoefnagel, writing

Pages from a remarkable book, the result of a collaboration across many decades between a master scribe, the Croatian-born Georg Bocskay, and Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel.

The Model Book of Calligraphy (1561–1596)

- November 7, 2017 in botanical illustrations, botany, calligraphy, flowers, fruits, Georg Bocskay, insects, Joris Hoefnagel, writing

Pages from a remarkable book, the result of a collaboration across many decades between a master scribe, the Croatian-born Georg Bocskay, and Flemish artist Joris Hoefnagel.

The History of Ink, including its Etymology, Chemistry, and Bibliography (1860)

- July 19, 2017 in calligraphy, history of writing, ink, type, typography, writing

Delightful little book from Thaddeus Davids and co, one of the largest ink manufacturers of their time: a wonderful example of form matching content.

The History of Ink: Including its Etymology, Chemistry, and Bibliography (1860)

- July 19, 2017 in calligraphy, history of writing, ink, type, typography, writing

Delightful little book from Thaddeus Davids and co, one of the largest ink manufacturers of their time: a wonderful example of form matching content.

The History of Ink: Including its Etymology, Chemistry, and Bibliography (1860)

- July 19, 2017 in calligraphy, history of writing, ink, type, typography, writing

Delightful little book from Thaddeus Davids and co, one of the largest ink manufacturers of their time: a wonderful example of form matching content.

On the Writing of the Insane (1870)

- March 12, 2013 in calligraphy, collections, insane asylum, texts, Texts: 19th, Texts: Non-fiction, Texts: Science, writing

On the Writing of the Insane, with illustrations, by G. Mackenzie Bacon, M.D.; 1870; John Churchill and Sons, London. A book of observations on the peculiarities of writing styles as shown by asylum patients. G. Mackenzie Bacon was a medical superintendant at Cambridgshire County Asylum (now Fulbourn Hospital) located near Cambridge, England. As well as the fascinating images, the book also gives a series of transcribed excerpts. See also our images post “The Diagrammatic Writings of an Asylum Patient” which shows two of the most striking images from the book. The book is housed at the Internet Archive, contributed by the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine via the Medical Heritage Library. Hat-tip to Pinterest user Marisela Norte. DONATE NOW TO SAVE THE PUBLIC DOMAIN REVIEW! With our initial funding now come to an end, we need your support to help us continue our mission – to promote the public domain as an indispensable public good, and to curate and showcase the most interesting out-of-copyright works on the web. SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver direct to your inbox the latest brand new article and a digest of the most [...]