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bibliodyssey histoire de perletteBibliOdyssey, described as “Books, Illustration, Science, History, Visual Materia Obsure, Eclectic Book Art” is a fascinating site run by a man named Paul in Sydney, Australia. His collection of unusual and interesting books stuff has become a book itself and is now available at Amazon. But there is a particular joy in visiting the site, finding new gloriously colorful plates from a man named Hans Ulrich Finsch, a stained glass painter from 1622.

Or perhaps Bibliodyssey will have a 1494 gothic sketch book. Yes, even then doodles were compulsive, though with paper a much rarer commodity than it is now, sketchbooks belonged to masters of the art of illuminated books instead of kids tracing Iron Maiden covers of Eddie.

There is so much to see in the site's archives, which go back to November 2005 (just like Brix Picks). Just randomly I found this stunning skeleton calendar featuring drawings published in 1893 called Funny Bones by Louis Cruscius. You can also browse Edith Brown's lovely illustrations for The Cheerful Cricket and Others by Jeannette Marks. And here, just marvel at these trippy illustrations by Beatrice Appia from 1936.

The site is really a treasure chest of inspiration.

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Posted on June 16, 2008

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