Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Here We Live

Here We Live
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A scan from an old children's book published in the early 1920s called "The Story of Mankind" by Hendrik Van Loon (link goes to the list of digitized versions at archive.org).
The scene of our history is laid upon a little planet, lost in the vastness of the universe.
This charming illustration was made before Pluto was discovered had its brief run as a full-fledged fellow planet.

I love the illustrations in this book that is sitting here on the desk. It's loaded with wonderful ink map illustrations in the vein of Tolkien's Middle Earth maps. This telling of human history begins with evolution from sea life and continues through the author's present day of 1921, and this is the 2nd printing that includes an extra WWI chapter, After Seven Years. [wiki]


Ptelea said...

Looks wonderful. Where did you get your copy?

Blueberry said...

I have had it so long I don't even remember.