Buch der Natur [Book of Nature] (page 1/2)

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Pictures from the Buch der Natur, or Book of nature, by Konrad von Megenberg; this edition was made by Johann Bämler and is dated 20th August (St. Bartholomew’s Day) 1481.

The book is online at the Library of Congress; I have taken only a few of the page images bearing interesting pictures, and cleaned them up a little.

The images are in the public domain. Please link back to me if you use them.

Title: Buch der Natur [Book of Nature]

Author: Megenberg, Konrad von

Published by: Johann Bämler

City: Augsbur

Date: 1481

Total items: 6

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Winged Mermaid from p. 199 recto]

Winged Mermaid from p. 199 recto

A fifteenth-century drawing of a mermaid with wings (and breast) taken from fol. 199r of a (somewhat dubious) textbook on natural history. [more...] [$]

[picture: Page 151. Birds of the Air.]

Page 151. Birds of the Air.

Eagle and duck, peacock and rooster, jackdaw and goose! (what else?)

The page has only this illustration, no text. [$]

[picture: Strange and Fantastical Creatures]

Strange and Fantastical Creatures

I cannot read the text (it’s in mediæval German), so these descriptions are arbitrary; I’d welcome better descriptions. [more...] [$]

[picture: Page 113. Four Footed Beasts.]

Page 113. Four Footed Beasts.

Cow and camel, Elk and Elephant (or is that a unicorn on the right?), lion and horse, rabbit and hound! [more...] [$]

[picture: Page 67. Heaven and Earth.]

Page 67. Heaven and Earth.

Heaven, Earth, and intermediate spheres (or layers) of the skies. The moon looks depressed. [more...] [$]


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Pictures from the Buch der Natur, or Book of nature, by Konrad von Megenberg; this edition was made by Johann Bämler and is dated 20th August (St. Bartholomew’s Day) 1481.

The book is online at the Library of Congress; I have taken only a few of the page images bearing interesting pictures, and cleaned them up a little.

The images are in the public domain. Please link back to me if you use them.


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