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52 Weeks of Inspiring Illustrations: Reflections and Visual Index

This year’s “52 Weeks of …” thread has now come to a close and it is time, once again, to finish the series with our image index. Last year’s “52 Weeks” thread was largely drawn from the Rare Books collection, focussing on fantastic bindings; this year we were able to open up the thread to all collections and curators to find just what inspires us about the collections we work with on a daily basis. With this “illustrations” thread we have been able to travel all around the world and across the centuries, examining medieval manuscript illustrations, early book engravings, architectural drawings, photographic reproduction methods, travel diaries and maps.

Illustrations provide a window into an author’s imagination; they provide an instance of reaction of an artist to an author’s words. We hope that this past year’s series has provided a unique glimpse into our collections, many of the items featured this year were new discoveries or treasures we often don’t get to feature. Here is a visual index of the items included in the “52 Weeks of Inspiring Illustrations” thread:

Week 1: Botanical Magazine
Week 1: Botanic Magazine
Week 2: Popple Map
Week 2: Popple Map
Week 3: Photo-history
Week 3: Photo-history
Week 4: Alchemical MSS
Week 4: Alchemical MSS
Week 5: Photogenic drawing
Week 5: Photogenic art
Week 6: Nasmyth's Moon
Week 6: Nasmyth’s Moon
Week 7: McRae drawings
Week 7: McRae drawings
Week 8: Calotype negative
Week 8: Calotype negative
Week 9: Hieroglyphica
Week 9: Hieroglyphica
Week 10: Moody Journal
Week 10: Moody Journal
Week 11: Salted paper
Week 11: Salted paper
Week 12: Muses's welcome
Week 12: Muses welcome
Week 13: Cook's Perspectives
Week 13: Perspectives
Week 14: Albumen Print
Week 14: Albumen print
Week 15: Hieroglyphic Bible
Week 15: Hieroglyph Bible
Week 16: Office of the dead
Week 16: office of the dead
Week 17: P.O.P.s
Week 17: P.O.P.s
Week 18: Mark Catesby
Week 18: Mark Catesby
Week 19: The Shahnameh
Week 19: The Shahnameh
Week 20: Excursions daguerriennes
Week 20: Daguerriennes
Week 21: Divine Comedy
Week 21: Divine Comedy
Week 22: Photogravures
Week 22: Photogravures
Week 23: St Andrew
Week 23: St Andrew
Week 24: Carbon prints
Week 24: Carbon prints
Week 25: Roberta McIntosh
Week 25: McIntosh book
Week 26: Woodburytypes
Week 26: Woodburytypes
Week 27: Book of Christmas
Week 27: 1836 Christmas
Week 28: Scottish image
Week 28: Scottish image
Week 29: Hevelius
Week 29: Hevelius
Week 30: Bromoil prints
Week 30: Bromoil prints
Week 31: Eastern tortoises
Week 31: Eastern tortoises
Week 32: Spanish emblems
Week 32: 17th c. emblems
Week 33: the Stereograph
Week 33: the Stereograph
Week 34: Bonthron's book
Week 34: Bonthron’s book
Week 35: Constantinople
Week 35: Constantinople
Week 36: Gelatin silver
Week 36: Gelatin silver
Week 37: 500th scrolls
Week 37: 500th scrolls
Week 38: Ethiopian psalter
Week 38:Ethiopian psalter
Week 39: Jessie M. King
Week 39: Jessie M. King
Week 40: Photo postcard
Week 40: Photo postcard
Week 41: Photo-forgeries
Week 41: Photo-forgeries
Week 42: Kircher's Music
Week 42: Kircher’s Music
Week 43: Medieval faces
Week 43: Medieval faces
Week 44: Family albums
Week 44: Family albums
Week 45: Campi Phlegraei
Week 45: Campi Phlegraei
Week46: Half-tone relief
Week46: Half-tone relief
Week 47: Architect's art
Week 47: Architect’s art
Week 48: Photo medium
Week 48: Photo medium
Week 49: 16th c. Anatomy
Week 49: 16th c. Anatomy
Week 50: Book of wonders
Week 50: Book of wonders
Week 51: Encyclopédie
Week 51: Encyclopédie
Week 52: St Andrews Psalter
Week 52: 15th c. Psalter

We are going to let the “52 Weeks” thread lie fallow for the next two months to allow us to recharge our curatorial batteries and plan the next year’s theme. So watch this space towards the end of September, and in the meantime keep reading Echoes!

DG

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