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Cigarette Cards: ABCs

Cigarette Cards: ABCs

Hundreds of series published from before 1900 to the mid-20th century, totaling tens of thousands of individual cards (viewable front and back). Arranged by letter of the alphabet, they cover an encyclopedic range of subjects, including film stars, sports, and military topics, plants, animals, and monuments of the world.

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Classic Illustrated Zoologies and Related Works, 1550-1900

Classic Illustrated Zoologies and Related Works, 1550-1900

Illustrated books from the 16th century to the early 20th depicting the animals of the world. Based on the scholarly bibliography of the same title by Miriam Gross, published in Biblion, The Bulletin of The New York Public Library in 1994.

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Early Landscape Photography of the American West

Early Landscape Photography of the American West

Over 200 large albumen prints from the 1860s and 1870s of American Western landscape. The locations and photographers include views of Yosemite Valley by Carleton E. Watkins and Charles L. Weed, the route of the Union Pacific Railroad through the Rocky Mountains by A.J. Russell, and others.

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Nature Illustrated: Flowers, Plants, and Trees, 1550-1900

Nature Illustrated: Flowers, Plants, and Trees, 1550-1900

Thousands of art and scientific prints, illustrating medicinal plants, spectacular garden flowers, exotic tropical blooms, trees and ferns. Includes many different printmaking techniques, from woodcuts to stipple engravings to color-printed lithographs.

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Ocean Flowers: Anna Atkins's Cyanotypes of British Algae

Ocean Flowers: Anna Atkins's Cyanotypes of British Algae

Containing more than 200 images of algae specimens, Photographs of British Algae is a landmark in the histories both of photography and of publishing: it is the first photographic work by a woman, and the first book produced entirely by photographic means.

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Pictures of Science: 700 Years of Scientific and Medical Illustration

Pictures of Science: 700 Years of Scientific and Medical Illustration

Hundreds of images from the 13th through the early 20th century, in the fields of astronomy, chemistry, geology, mathematics, medicine, and physics, as represented by manuscript illuminations, engravings, lithographs, and photographs.

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Sporting Sketches by Henry Thomas Alken

Sporting Sketches by Henry Thomas Alken

Selected images of hunting, sporting scenes, and related subjects in prints and drawings by the noted British artist Henry Alken (1785-1851), the best-known English sporting artist of his day and still one of the most popular.

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NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the vast collections of The New York Public Library, including drawings, illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.