Anonymous, “A Declaration of a Strange and Wonderfull Monster,” (London, 1646). Read more here.
Lynd Ward - master of the wordless novel
Lynd Ward’s sinister wood engravings for Madman’s Drum, 1930
Lynd Ward produced wordless graphic novels in the 1920s and 1930s, creating stories made up entirely of illustrations. Although the genre was pioneered by Frans Masereel, Ward is perhaps the most influential of the early wordless novelists. Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner, Allen Ginsberg and many others have cited him as an inspiration in their own work.
Ward worked primarily in wood engraving, which allowed for a refined line and detail. These images are from Madman’s Drum, the story of a slave trader, an African drum, and a devastating family curse.
Ward, Lynd, 1905-1985. Madman’s drum, a novel in woodcuts by Lynd Ward. New York, J. Cape, H. Smith [c1930]. MERLIN catalog record
- Kelli Hansen
Johann Friedrich Karl, Ansichten von Schloss und Park Freudenhein, 1794
These images are almost certainly sourced from the State Library of Passau in Germany, which has a very large list of regional views of Lower Saxony.
Cuttlefish snack advert poster from early 20th cent.
More images here: Taishō Posters
These covers for a Chinese edition of The Lord of the Rings, by Jian Guo, have been all over my Twitter feed, but I like them so much I’m going to post them anyway.
Bengali quilt (undated) scanned by me from 'Traditional Indian Textiles' by J Gillow & N Barnard — published by Thames & Hudson 
Gebrauchsgraphik, published 1924 - 44. Germany. See more covers: designers-books.
The monthly publication was one of the first-generation graphic design magazines in Europe. Following the poster movement and typographic reforms associated with German Jugendstil, it developed them in new directions. Soon the magazine was in german and english. 1950 the title was revitalised under the same name and later relaunched as Novum.
In anticipation of Owl Awareness Day (August 4), we offer some slightly cartoony illustrations of these fascinating members of the genus Strix.
Images taken from Captain Thomas Brown’s “Illustrations of the American ornithology of Alexander Wilson and Charles Lucian Bonaparte" (1835).
Photographic copy of poster advertising the free lending service to country people, W. A. Gullick, Government Printer, Sydney (undated).
The passage of the NSW Library Act in 1939 paved the way for free public library services for the people of NSW. Prior to the passage of the Library Act 1939 there were only two public libraries in NSW - Sydney and Broken Hill. The Public Library of NSW (now the State Library) provided a free postal lending service to people living in the country.
This image is from the collections of the State Library of NSW, for more information visit the catalogue record.
Onderwĳsinge in de perspective const | Hondius. The Hague, 1622.