Arms and armor: pictorial archive from nineteenth-century sources
Title: Arms and armor: pictorial archive from nineteenth-century sources
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For better or worse, war is one of humanity’s defining tendencies. The compulsion for organized violence has played a crucial role in human life since prehistoric times, and the need for advantage on the battlefield has provided a constant impetus for the development of science and technology.
This book contains over 700 illustrations covering the history of arms and armor in the largely pre-industrial West from ancient times to the eighteenth century, with special emphasis on European cultures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The contents of the book are arranged chronologically, with each plate captioned with nationality and date of origin where known. The book concludes with four sheets of non-specific decorative illustrations incorporating motifs from the periods under consideration.
Over thousands of years, man has developed an enormous variety of offensive and defensive weapons for use in battle as well as a vast array of armor and other protective devices. Now artists ami illustrators can draw on this extensive archive for superb copyright-free illustrations of vintage arms, armor and other battlefield paraphernalia.
Choose from a rich trove of over 750 illustrations compiled from rare nineteenth-century sources. Included are detailed, high-quality depictions—arranged chronologically and, to some extent, geographically—of suits of armor, chain mail, swords, halberds, spears, pikes, lances, crossbows, axes, daggers, helmets, shields, knives, small arms and a host of other implements, along with scenes of battle, siege, jousts, soldiers, horses and more.
Especially suitable for projects requiring a medieval or old-fashioned flavor, these illustrations reproduce extremely well. They will fill a myriad of needs for battle-related graphic art. Free 758 black-and-white illustrations.
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