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January 27, 2014  |  CATEGORIES: Featured, News

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For this trip into the past of visualization, we decided to start not with maps or charts, but with another field that was essential for the development of scientific visual communication: Anatomy, or to be more precise in this case, Osteography, the study of bones for descriptive purposes.

“Osteographia”, or “the Anatomy of the Bones”, was published in London in 1733 by William Cheselden (1688-1752) and is recognized as a landmark in the history of anatomical illustration, thanks to its novel vignettes and its use of a camera obscura in the production of the plates. Cheselden, a successful surgeon based in London, is also well-known for his previous work, “The Anatomy of the Human Body” (1713), which went through numerous editions.

Monique Kornell wrote a great article about this unique work on 2011, published in The Public Domain Review website, so if you’re interested in the history of anatomy and want to find out more about William Cheselden, that’s a good place to start. We leave you with three of the illustrations, to open this edition of Vintage InfoDesign:

Osteographia (1733) | William Cheselden

Vintage Infographic illustration Osteographia (1733)

(image: William Cheselden)

Vintage Infographic illustration Osteographia (1733)

(image: William Cheselden)

Vintage Infographic illustration Osteographia (1733)

(image: William Cheselden)

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Industrial Map of New York City (1922) | Merchants’ Association of New York

Vintage Infographic illustration Industrial Map of New York City (1922)

(image: Merchants’ Association of New York)

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‘Wonderground’ map (1914) | Macdonald Gill

Vintage Infographic illustration 'Wonderground' map (1914)

(image: Macdonald Gill)

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The tower of Babel (c1650) | Athanasius Kircher

Vintage Infographic illustration The tower of Babel (c1650)

(image: Athanasius Kircher)

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Map of Dauphine (1747) | Daniel La Feuille

Vintage Infographic illustration Map of Dauphine (1747)

(image: Daniel La Feuille)

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Perpetual Motion Machine (1931) | Modern Mechanix

Vintage Infographic illustration Perpetual Motion Machine (1931)

(image: Modern Mechanix)

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Map of Europe (1659) | J. Blaeu

Vintage Infographic illustration Map of Europe (1659)

(image: J. Blaeu)

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Petroleum (1907) | J. G. Bartholomew

Vintage Infographic illustration Petroleum (1907)

(image: J. G. Bartholomew)

(Via)

Everyday tastes from high-brow to low-brow (1949) | Life Magazine

Vintage Infographic illustration Everyday tastes from high-brow to low-brow (1949)

(image: Life Magazine)

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Französische Flotte im Hafen von Brest (1759) | Jakob Andreas Friedrich

Vintage Infographic illustration Französische Flotte im Hafen von Brest (1759)

(image: Jakob Andreas Friedrich)

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Sports car (1956) | Mechanix Illustrated

Vintage Infographic illustration Sports car (1956)

(image: Mechanix Illustrated)

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That’s it for today’s round-up! We’ll be back next week with another round-up of vintage maps, graphics and diagrams, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, where we’re posting all of these visual goodies.

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