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“and tell him to paint me a sign, with-"no suicides permitted here, and no smoking in the parlor;" might as well kill both birds at once.” ― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

“and tell him to paint me a sign, with-"no suicides permitted here, and no smoking in the parlor;" might as well kill both birds at once. or, The Whale

Before there was wallpaper there was gilded leather. Wealthy homeowners decorated their walls with panels of leather such as these. Gilded leather is a bit of a misnomer. It's actually leather covered with a silver foil. To keep the silver from oxidizing a varnish was applied that gave it a golden color.

These photos were taken at the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium. This old printing company dates back to the and is filled with some fascinating old printing presses, antiquarian volumes, and of course walls decorated in gilded leather!

Batavian Travels - GF Müller von Ruffach, 1681.

snakes and frog drawing The journal from 1681 is entitled 'Georg Franz Müller von Ruffach Reise nach Batavia' [Cod. and is accessible from the excellent St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek e-codices site

drukproef Plantin-Moretus

drukproef Plantin-Moretus

Whale | Petrol Grey by seasidespirit

Nice idea for a tattoo. The wanderer whale ship illustration graphic design type typography flag anchor sailor sea ocean nautic poster

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Creatures of the order Strigiformes

"Creatures of the order Strigiformes," Art print of an illustration by Kelsey Oseid. This poster chronicles 31 amazing owls from the taxonomic order Strigiformes. Printed in Minneapolis on acid free 80 cover.

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