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Our weekly showcase of old maps, charts and infographics

June 1, 2015

There’s been a lot of talk about Nepal in these past couple of weeks, with the tragic earthquake that happened on 25 April 2015, and killed more than 8,800 people and injured thousands more. The country is still struggling to recover, and we thought it would be nice to bring you in this edition of Vintage InfoDesign a bit of ancient knowldged from the region.

Published originally on The Scientist, comes an article by Cristina Luiggi in which she shares a set of 79 paintings, known as tangkas, which were intended to illustrate a comprehensive four-volume medical treatise called The Blue Beryl.

According to the article, “these paintings are vibrant pieces of educational art that interweave practical medical knowledge with Buddhist traditions and Tibetan lore—depicting such things as the use of omens and dreams for making diagnoses, hundreds of medicinal herbs and medical instruments, and diagrams of human anatomy.” They are dated between 1687 and 1703, and we open today’s post with some of those beautiful illustrations:

Anatomy of vulnerable points (c1687) | The Blue Beryl

(image: The Blue Beryl)

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Medical instruments (c1687) | The Blue Beryl

(image: The Blue Beryl)

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Tree of diagnosis (c1687) | The Blue Beryl

(image: The Blue Beryl)

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Human embryology (c1687) | The Blue Beryl

Human embryology (c1687)

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A Map of Cleveland – 1836 (1937) | Arthur B Suchy

(image: Arthur B Suchy)

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China’s weapon: Wits (1942) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

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Map of the New York Central Lines (1918) | New York Central Lines

(image: New York Central Lines)

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Diagram of the execution of Joe Hill (1915) | Cleveland Press

(image: Cleveland Press)

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A cartograph of the University of Minnesota (1940) | Nadine Evers Semans

(image: Nadine Evers Semans)

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Suicides in Seattle 1914 to 1925 (1928) | Social Forces

(image: Social Forces)

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Fiscal Chart of the US Government (1870) | Francis A. Walker

(image: Francis A. Walker)

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On the routes of the flying clipper ship (1940) | Pan American Airways Corporation

(image: Pan American Airways Corporation)

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Phase of Venus in 1833 and 1836 (1854) | Astronomie populaire

(image: Astronomie populaire)

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Catalonia principality (1720) | Johann Baptiste Homann

(image: Johann Baptiste Homann)

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Map of medicinal plants (1932) | National Wholesale Druggists’ Association

(image: National Wholesale Druggists’ Association)

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The next President must be… (1940) | Fortune magazine

(image: Fortune magazine)

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That’s it for today’s round up! We’ll be back next week with another selection, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, just with old maps and infographics.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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