The Seed by Paweł Jońca, 2003
Sattler’s panorama of Salzburg in 1829
Detail from a map of Earliest Historic Regions and the Birthplace of Civilization, 1906
This is a fine example of cross-hatched hill profiles to indicate terrain in a pleasing, if inaccurate manner.
The temptation of despair from The Art of Dying, Provence, 15th century
Nemesis by Alfred Rethel, 1837
(via Dark Classics)
Illustrations based on Thomas Vaughan’s Lumen de Lumine: A New Magical Light (1651), from an unidentified and undated German book.
The Nautilus, designed by American inventor Robert Fulton in 1800, is considered the world’s first practical submarine. With a retractable sail and hand-cranked propeller, it could dive to a depth of 25 feet and move about as fast as a rowboat. This is his 1806 plan for the second Nautilus, which was never built.
Last night I dreamed I was wandering through gloomy underground tunnels with Captain Nemo (who was played by Benedict Cumberbatch). He showed me an early prototype of the submarine Nautilus that he had narrowly escaped after it was crushed by a draw-bridge.
(The Nautilus by Kevin O’Neill, for Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 1999)