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Tannstetter’s Wall Calendar for 1513

The top and bottom sections of Georg Tannstetter’s astrological wall calendar for 1513. This calendar, like thousands other like it, has suffered through the centuries. The middle portion of the calendar has been lost. BSB Einbl. Kal. 1513a.From...
From: Darin Hayton on 24 Dec 2016

Oliver Wendell Holmes to E. D. Cope

Oliver Wendell Holmes thanks E. D. Cope for sending a copy of his “Outline of the Philosophy of Evolution,” though he confesses he cannot find the time to read it. This letter and many others are in the collection of Edward Drinker Cope Papers,...
From: Darin Hayton on 22 Dec 2016

A Wolf-Headed Byzantine Veterinarian

A wolf-headed man binds a horse’s leg in this illustration “On Fractures” from a 15th-century copy of the “Hippiatrica”, University of Leiden, VSQ 50, fol. 68r.The Hippiatrica assembles treatments for a wide range of ailments...
From: Darin Hayton on 21 Dec 2016

Botanologia. The English Herbal

Hand-colored illustrations of the “Small Burnet” and the “Large Common Burnet” in William Salmon’s Botanologia. The English Herbal (London, 1710), from Haverford College’s Quaker & Special Collections, call# QK41.S17.In...
From: Darin Hayton on 20 Dec 2016

Byzantine Structure of the Cosmos

A diagram showing the nature of the cosmos from earth at the center to God at the top, passing through the various levels‚—e.g., the elements, ether, angles—from a 16th-century copy of Nicephorus Blemmydes’ “Epitome physica”...
From: Darin Hayton on 19 Dec 2016

A Spherical Astrolabe

The only spherical astrolabe that survives is this one made in A.H. 885 (1480 CE), most likely somewhere in present-day Syria. Today it is in the Museum of the History of Science, item # 49687.The most common type of astrolabe is the planispheric astrolabe,...
From: Darin Hayton on 18 Dec 2016

A Byzantine form of Geomancy?

A figure that correlates the planets, signs of the zodiac, and figures, which seems to be related to some geomancy of some form. “Cleromancy,” Harley MS 5596, fol. 4v.This illustration from a 15th-century manuscript seems to be a type of geomantic...
From: Darin Hayton on 17 Dec 2016

16th-century Surgical Instruments: Forcipes denticulatae

Some of the ornate forceps in Jean Tagault’s De chirurgica institutione (Venice, 1544). I particularly like the little dragon heads on the ends of the handles. This copy is from Haverford’s Special Collections, call #R128.6 .T3 1544.Jean Tagault...
From: Darin Hayton on 16 Dec 2016

The Mouse Ear Plant

The Mouse-ear and Isatis plants from a 9th-century illustrated copy of Dioscorides’ “De materia medica,” BN graec. 2179, fol. 5rThe Mouse-ear and Isatis plants from a 9th-century illustrated copy of Dioscorides’ “De materia...
From: Darin Hayton on 16 Dec 2016

Lewis Carroll’s “Eligible Apartments”

Arthur B. Frost’s illustration of Balbus, his aunt, and the dragon they are trying to convince from Lewis Carroll’s “Eligible Apartments,” Knot 2 from his A Tangled Tale (1889) from Haverford’s Special Collections.Between...
From: Darin Hayton on 15 Dec 2016

Apollodorus’s Siege Tower

An illustration from a Byzantine copy of Apollodorus of Damascus’s “Πολιορκητικά” showing a siege tower with an assault bridge for scaling walls. This drawing is from BNF...
From: Darin Hayton on 14 Dec 2016

Astrolabes on Iraqi Banknotes

In 2003 the Coalition Provisional Authority that governed Iraq issued a new 250 dinar note decorated with an astrolabe.[1]In late 2003 the Coalition Provisional Authority governing Iraq introduced new banknotes and coins to replace the Hussein government’s...
From: Darin Hayton on 12 Dec 2016

A Tabernacle-Shaped Earth

Illustration of the world in a tabernacle, from a 9th-century copy of Cosmas Indicopleustes’s “Topographia Christiana,” BAV, vat. graec. 699, fol. 43rAlthough Cosmas Indicopleustes is far from a household name, he enjoys an outsized...
From: Darin Hayton on 11 Dec 2016

Making Saltpeter in the 1690s

Engraving from Les Travaux de Mars (1696) showing workers separating and purifying saltpeter.In the late 17th century Allain Mallet published a three volume work Les Travaux de Mars, ou l’Art de la Guerre,[1] illustrated with dozens of engravings...
From: Darin Hayton on 10 Dec 2016

Eratosthenes Measures the Earth

An 13th/14th-century drawing of Eratosthenes’ method for calculating the circumference of the earth. The sun shown at the summer solstice shines down on Syene and Alexandria. This drawing is in “Cleomedis introductio de motu coeli et planetarum,”...
From: Darin Hayton on 9 Dec 2016

Joseph Grünpeck’s “Prodigiorum potentorem”

An illustration from Joseph Grünpeck’s “Prodigiorum potentorem” showing the young Maximilian I confronting various prodigies and monsters. From Joseph Grünpeck’s “Prodigiorum potentorem,” Universitätsbibliothek,...
From: Darin Hayton on 8 Dec 2016

Another Byzantine Wind Diagram

A 16th-century copy of a Byzantine wind diagram from BN Grec 2493, fol. 165v.This Byzantine wind diagram, also titled “Diagram about thunder, storms, rainstorms, and earthquakes,” closely resembles the previous Byzantine Wind Diagram. Both...
From: Darin Hayton on 7 Dec 2016

Johannes Stabius’s “Figura Labyrinthi”

Johannes Stabius’s triangle-shaped labyrinth, one of three labyrinths in his “Figura Labyrinthi” published in 1504. This hand-colored version is in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Rar. 786#Beibd.2In 1504, shortly after Johannes Stabius...
From: Darin Hayton on 6 Dec 2016

Byzantine Wind Diagram

A 16th-century copy of a Byzantine wind diagram from Royal MS 16 C XII, fol. 49r.This diagram, titled “Diagram about thunder, storms, rainstorms, and earthquakes,” seems to be a type of wind diagram, which arranged the terrestrial elements,...
From: Darin Hayton on 5 Dec 2016

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