February 24, 2014
Frontispiece photographed through tissue.
From the front matter of Before the Doctor Comes: A Ready Reference Book by Mary Merritt Crawford and Thurston S. Welton (1909). Original from Harvard University. Digitized January 27, 2006.

Frontispiece photographed through tissue.

From the front matter of Before the Doctor Comes: A Ready Reference Book by Mary Merritt Crawford and Thurston S. Welton (1909). Original from Harvard University. Digitized January 27, 2006.

February 26, 2013
Employee as surgeon. Submitted by thetwogermanys. 
From Recherches cliniques et thérapeutiques sur l’épilepsie, l’hystérie et l’Idiotie by Désiré Magloire Bourneville (1899). Does not include metadata indicating library of origination or date of digitization (but does include Stanford library artifacts).

Employee as surgeon. Submitted by thetwogermanys

From Recherches cliniques et thérapeutiques sur l’épilepsie, l’hystérie et l’Idiotie by Désiré Magloire Bourneville (1899). Does not include metadata indicating library of origination or date of digitization (but does include Stanford library artifacts).

January 20, 2013
Plate photographed through tissue. 
From p. 550 of Manual of British Rural Sports, by Stonehenge (1856). Original from Oxford University. Digitized August 2, 2006.

Plate photographed through tissue. 

From p. 550 of Manual of British Rural Sports, by Stonehenge (1856). Original from Oxford University. Digitized August 2, 2006.

June 28, 2012

Foreshortening of the body when a plate is left folded; fracturing the body with the page gutter.

From A System of Anatomy for the Use of Students of Medicine, v.1, by Caspar Wistar (1835). Original from Harvard University. Digitized November 27, 2007.

June 26, 2012

Plates photographed through protective tissue (brains).

From Views of the Basis of the Brain and Cranium by Thomas J. Pettigrew (1803). Original from the Bavarian State Library. Digitized April 26, 2010.

December 21, 2011

Plate left folded through digitization; same leaf from the back, showing the illustration through the page. 

From p. 18 of “The First Treatise, Concerning the Veines,” from The Workes of that Famous Chirurgion Ambrose Parey (Ambroise Paré) trans. by Tho. Johnson, with three tracts of Adrianus Spigelius (Adriaan van den Spiegel) (1649). 

November 1, 2011

Medical diagrams left folded through digitization, creating some mutant, multi- or non-functioning organs. 

From various pages of The Philosophical Transactions and Collections to the End of the Year MDCC, Abridged, and Disposed under General Heads, v. 3, ed. John Lowthorp (1749). [Here]

For more like this, check out the forthcoming show FOLDED: Absurd Machines, Novel Topographies, Hybrid Creatures and Impossible Vistas, curated by Krissy Wilson of The Art of Google Books, at The Meadow, in Chicago, IL, between November 5th and 15th.

October 3, 2011
Printed plate left folded through digitization.
From p. 221 of The Art of Surgery, by Daniel Turner (1736). [Here]

Printed plate left folded through digitization.

From p. 221 of The Art of Surgery, by Daniel Turner (1736). [Here]

August 30, 2011

Printed plates left folded through digitization; anatomical content.

From various pages of An Essay on Crookedness, or Distortions of the Spine by Philip Jones (1788). [Here]

August 19, 2011
Colored plate partially obscured by protective tissue; “censors” the graphic illustrations of hydatid testes. 
From p.296 of Principles and Practice of Surgery by Sir Astley Cooper (1836). [Here]

Colored plate partially obscured by protective tissue; “censors” the graphic illustrations of hydatid testes. 

From p.296 of Principles and Practice of Surgery by Sir Astley Cooper (1836). [Here]

July 30, 2011

Diagrams left folded through digitization; anatomical plates of teeth.

From An Essay on the Structure and Formation of the Teeth in Man and Various Animals by Robert Blake (1801). [Here]

July 19, 2011
Medical diagram left folded; human body foreshortened
From p.32-3 of Robb & Co.’s Family Physician by R. L. Robb (1882). [Here]

Medical diagram left folded; human body foreshortened

From p.32-3 of Robb & Co.’s Family Physician by R. L. Robb (1882). [Here]

June 18, 2011
Folded diagram with additional text (from turning page?)
From Dictionarium Polygraphicum by John Barrow (1735). [Here]

Folded diagram with additional text (from turning page?)

From Dictionarium Polygraphicum by John Barrow (1735). [Here]

June 18, 2011
Pull-out diagram left folded through digitization
From p.278 of Spectacle de la Nature by N. A. Pluche (1763). [Here]

Pull-out diagram left folded through digitization

From p.278 of Spectacle de la Nature by N. A. Pluche (1763). [Here]