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Cystoseira granulata.

[Titlepage.] [Dedication to Anna Atkins's father, John George Children.] [Introduction.] [Contents list.] Sargassum bacciferum. Cystoseira ericoides. Cystoseira granulata. Cystoseira foeniculacea. Himanthalia lorea. Laminaria saccharina. Polysiphonia violacea. Bangia fusco-purpurea. [Contents list.] Cystoseira barbata. Cystoseira fibrosa. Fucus vesiculosus. Fucus ceranoides. Fucus serratus. Fucus nodosus. Fucus canaliculatus.

Photographs of British Algae by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) is a landmark in the histories both of photography and of publishing: the first photographic work by a woman, and the first book produced entirely by photographic means. Instantly recognizable today as the blueprint process, the cyanotypes lend themselves beautifully to illustrate objects found in the sea. The Library's copy of British Algae originally belonged to Sir John Herschel (1792-1871), inventor of the blueprint process, among his many other photographic as well as scientific advances. One of thirteen known copies of the title, Photographs of British Algae was acquired by The Library in 1985.

This set contains selections from several parts of this volume.

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patchworkgandalf says:

aren't these just amazing
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The Lilputan ++ says:

Yes, they are so beautiful. Libraries really have a wealth of stuff waiting to be shown. Thank you New York Public Library ! We love this !
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chevy chic/ NOW..suzanne__williams says:

She was truly a pioneer...this is amazing I will have to grab another coffee and hang around for awhile thank you New York Public Library...
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KnitFlickr says:

These are amazingly beautiful. Thank you.
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americo gobbo says:

thank you New York Public Library for share this with us.
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ramage says:

surely among the most haunting scientific images ever made
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clickykbd says:

Love this set.
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spacedlawyer says:

I have used several of these for a collage.
(www.flickr.com/photos/7333736@N08/3496053993)
With thanks.
N.
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My Pony Games says:

this is amazing submit Articles
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pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) says:

As seen at IKEA:

Flickr Commons at IKEA! by pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity)

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hereisxtine says:

Thank you, NYPL. I'm a huge fan of Anna Atkins' cyanotypes (and a native New Yorker)! I use some of this work to teach my students how to design a web page: missconceptions.net/viscomm-web/
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