All posts tagged: Book illustration

Robert Fludd's "Utriusque Cosmi...", 1617–24

Robert Fludd’s “Utriusque Cosmi…”, 1617–24

Robert Fludd (1574-1637) was an English physician, astrologer, mathematician, and mystic. His opus magnum, Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica, physica atqve technica historia, was published in two volumes between 1617 and 1624. The encyclopedic book covers different subjects such as optics, music, perspective drawing, engineering, as well as Rosicrucianist themes, theosophy and the Qabalah. Read more […]

Atlas ichthylogique, Pieter Bleeker, 1862 (Indonesian Fish Atlas)

Fabulous Fish by Pieter Bleeker (Atlas Ichthylogique)

These illustrations are from a beautiful book about the various fish species in Indonesia, written by Dutch physician and ichthylogist Pieter Bleeker (1819–1878) under the title Atlas ichthyologique des Indes orientales néêrlandaises : publié sous les auspices du gouvernement colonial néêrlandais (Amsterdam, 1862). The Biodiversity Library identifies the book in the public domain. The PDF is available […]

Abraham Eleazar, Uraltes chymisches Werk, 1760, via

Abraham Eleazar’s Uraltes Chymisches Werk (Age-Old Chymical Work)

Nothing is known of Abraham Eleazar, supposedly a Jewish alchemist and author of this remarkable book about ancient alchemy: Uraltes chymisches Werk… (“Age-Old Chymical Work”) which was first published in Erfurt in 1734 (Source). The Jewish Encyclopedia states that the Eleazar’s name was likely to be fictional, and the real author might have been Julius […]

The Marsh King's Daughter, Hans Christian Andersen, illustration by W. Heath Robinson, 1913

Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875) remains a beloved Danish writer, well-known for his children books. For this edition of his collected fairy tales, Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales (1913), illustrator W. Heath Robinson created some enchanting visualisations. Scroll down to browse through the entire book, or download it in different formats at Read the book: Source:, Public […]

Dagol Prince of Darkness (Der Fürst der Finsternis), Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae..., Wellcome Library, London, ca. 1775

A Compendium about Demons and Magic

These illustrations originate from a compendium about magic and demonology from ca. 1775: Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros. Anno 1057. Noli me tangere. The book, which is owned by the Wellcome Library in London, was written in German and Latin and features 31 water-colour drawings of demons, and several pages of […]

Old French Fairy Tales, 1920, Blondine and Tortoise in the Forest

Old French Fairy Tales, 1920

Beautiful illustrations by Virginia Frances Sterrett for a publication of Old French Fairy Tales (Sophie Comptesse De Ségur, Philadelphia 1920). The book also features lovely black and white illustrations, see below. Unfortunately, the scans are somewhat pixelated. Read the book Copyright status: Public domain worldwide Header image: “They were three months passing through the forest”, from Blondine […]

Alchemical and Rosicrucian compendium, ca. 1760, Python

Alchemical and Rosicrucian compendium, ca. 1760

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is a great resource for finding high-res digitizations of alchemical and mystical book illustrations. The following were taken from an “Alchemical and Rosicrucian compendium”, dated ca. 1760. No further information about this specific record is provided, but there is a very informative blog post about their European Alchemy collection. The uncopyrighted […]