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http://www.fromoldbooks.org/Rudolf-Kronprinzenwerk-Vol02/pages/262-tailpiece-queen-spear-orb/

I'm not certain this picture relates to the text and I'm not certain who is depicted (if anyone); the book is about Austria and the artist lived in Vienna. But there's a lot going on!
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A detail from a border in a French edition of the Imitation of Christ. I made other details and the full border available as well as a full-page engraving.
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I just got back from ten days in Prague; while i was there I visited two antiquarian bookshops and bought seven books. Some of these pictures are somewhat distorted, sorry, but they give a good idea.

I think (unlike facebook) the gplus updater rearranges the photos; originally it was cover, title page and sample image for each book.
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I'm posting this today because we need more almost-unbearable cuteness in our daily lives. I even left some of the yellowish cast from the early Victorian paper.
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http://www.fromoldbooks.org/ArtJournal-XII-1850/pages/016-horses-eating-scanty-meal/?gplus=socks

An 1850 engraving of a painting by John Frederick Herring; the engraving appears to me stronger than the original painting, partly because it's a detail and not the whole picture but also because of the greater contrast.
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This is a (large) detail from a larger coloured printed plate also on the same site. The printing used separate impressions for each colour, probably with pin-holes in the paper for alignment; the pinholes would probably be in the part of the paper that would be trimmed during binding.

Will she take his arm?
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I'm not sure what sort of leaves they are and would welcome feedback.

I coloured this image; you can also have it in black if you like. Oval borders are relatively unusual. Or is this an elliptical frame rather than oval??
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This engraving was in a Victorian catalogue to be sold as (essentially) clip-art for printers: they would sell you a copy of the wood-block, made using a mould.

This particular picture was marked as having been made originally by Thomas Bewick, who (in the West at least) invented the wood-engraving, a form of woodcut in which the engraving is made on the end of the wood instead of the side and which was almost universally adopted after Bewick's work. The advantages are that you can achieve finer detail and thinner lines, without having to fight the wood-grain with your engraving tools, and that the result is less affected overall by the grain of the wood. A disadvantage is are higher cost (broad planks are much cheaper than large cross-grain rectangles because you  have to start with a larger tree).

This dog is maybe on the scent of something: eyes forward and tail up!
890. – Dog.
890. – Dog.
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This woodcut was in a 19th century catalogue of "clip art" but from the uniforms of the soldiers and the general condition I'd guess it to be from the 1700s instead.
8800.—Soldiers.
8800.—Soldiers.
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