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[picture: Decorative initial letter T with cherubs hanging a wolf]

Decorative initial letter T with cherubs hanging a wolf

A decorative initial letter “T” used as a drop cap on the introduction to the “Epitome;” this version is coloured in red and blue and yellow (or gold) and [...] [more...]

[picture: Decorative initial letter O with cherubs cooking soup]

Decorative initial letter O with cherubs cooking soup

A Decorative initial letter “O” used as a drop cap on the first page of this famous book. The outer border around the outside of the letter “O” has oak leaves and dragons; inside the “O” we see naked children (putti; they do not have wings) apparently making soup from bones and other items, in a large pot over an open fire. One of the children [...] [more...]

[picture: Decorative initial letter O with cherubs cooking soup (coloured version)]

Decorative initial letter O with cherubs cooking soup (coloured version)

This decorative initial letter “O” was used as a drop cap on the first page of the main text of the book; in this copy at Cambridge University Library, the initial has been painted [...] [more...]

[picture: 18. Five Skulls]

18. Five Skulls

The top-left skull here is normal, and the others are abnormal.

[picture: 163. Skeleton with Shovel]

163. Skeleton with Shovel

The skeleton here leans on a shovel; there is a fresh grave by his foot, presumably that he has dug himself.

[picture: 164. Skeleton with Skull]

164. Skeleton with Skull

This skeleton is leaning on a tomb, and appears to be comtemplating a skull that is on the tomb.

[picture: 174. Muscle Men, Table II]

174. Muscle Men, Table II

The “muscle men” illustrations each show a naked man, in a progressive state of dissection. De Fabrica wsa hoping that they would be useful not only for [...] [more...]

[picture: 372. Male thorax and abdomen]

372. Male thorax and abdomen

A torso inspired by classical statues here reveals its internal organs.

[picture: 606. The quivering brain.]

606. The quivering brain.

Showing the anatomy of the brain.

[picture: p. 650, showing page layout]

p. 650, showing page layout

Fine typography from the 16th century. This image shows use of “historiated initials” as drop caps (available on this Web site as separate images), marginalia, and careful control of the darkness and texture of the [...] [more...]

[picture: Initial letter ``D'' from p. 650]

Initial letter “D” from p. 650

A block initial letter “D” used as a drop cap; This decorative initial features gleeful naked children (putti) sawing through a severed human head on a table! [more...]


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