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Some woodcuts from “A Compleat Collection of English Proverbs Be Your Gods” by John Ray, 1737. John Ray was a clergyman and a biologist and naturalist; he was born on the 29th day of June, 1628, and named John Wray; he changed his name to Ray when he was 42. He died in 1705.

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Title: A Compleat Collection of English Proverbs

Author: Ray, John

Published by: J. Hughs

City: London

Date: 1737

Total items: 14

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

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[picture: Chapter Heading Woodcut featuring Eagle]

Chapter Heading Woodcut featuring Eagle

This decorative woodcut was at the start of the preface; the woodcuts do not appear to bear any relation to the text, but are purely decorative. This one features an eagle, the symbol of the Roman Empire, and,more recently, or the German [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Detail: engraved heart]

Detail: engraved heart

A wood engraving of a heart, taken from a $ this chapter head woodcut. [$]

[picture: Chapter Heading woodcut featuring a flaming heart]

Chapter Heading woodcut featuring a flaming heart

This decorative woodcut was used at the top of the first page of a chapter or section, as a decorative element. It features a heart on a pillar; there are flames bursting out of the [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Chapter end decoration: eagles]

Chapter end decoration: eagles

A decoration centered after the text of a chapter. I’ve made lots of sizes so you can use it on Web page. The woodcut was clearly fairly old and damaged, and it is not [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Detail: burning heart]

Detail: burning heart

A bad case of heartburn or a romantic metaphor? This heart on a pillar with flames coming out of it is a detail from a chapter head. I also made the heart is also a available by itself, without the flames or ornate pedastal or halo. [more...] [$]


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Some woodcuts from “A Compleat Collection of English Proverbs Be Your Gods” by John Ray, 1737. John Ray was a clergyman and a biologist and naturalist; he was born on the 29th day of June, 1628, and named John Wray; he changed his name to Ray when he was 42. He died in 1705.

John Ray Initiative


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