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This 400-Yr-Outdated E book’s Illustrations Have been Performed Fully With Feathers

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This 400-Yr-Outdated E book’s Illustrations Have been Performed Fully With Feathers


Lengthy earlier than folks had computer systems, publishers used different strategies to design books however this one beats all of them. In 1618, Dionisio Minaggio, Chief Gardener of the State of Milan, illustrated a guide utilizing solely feathers. The Feather E book or The Baroque Bestiary (Il Bestario Barocco) incorporates 156 photos, and it’s nonetheless in a ok situation to permit us to admire superb 400-year-old artistry and craftsmanship.

113 of The Feather E book photos have birds as their central figures. In keeping with Eleanor MacClean, Librarian of the Blacker-Wooden Library of Zoology and Ornithology at McGill College, which now holds the gathering, the fowl photos include “presumably the oldest preserved fowl skins in existence, which makes them of significance taxonomically in addition to artistically.” Nevertheless, there are others, portraying fascinating scenes. For instance, a bloody affected person enduring a 17th-century dentist and a affected person man, ready for his canine to complete pooping. Tradesmen, hunters, musicians, and actors additionally seem within the illustrations.

This guide will not be solely a worthwhile historic piece however an entertaining learn as effectively.

Extra information: digital.library.mcgill.ca (h/t: atlasobscura)

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