Despite huge advancements in the field of science in the seventeenth century by such figures as Isaac Newton, books about fabled creatures were extremely popular; a juxtaposition existed between superstition and science. Alongside these new discoveries in mathematics, optics, and astronomy, there still lay in the shadows the existence of mythological creatures, demons, witches and a blending of magic and reality. One such fabled creature believed to exist was that of the dragons of the sea which would torment sailors. This title page is a recreation of the 1693 German pamphlet ‘Eigentliche und warhaffte Abbildung Eines erschröcklichen und grausamen Meer-Drachens’. Roughly translated as ‘Actual Illustration of a cruel sea-dragon.
Meer Drachens. 1693
Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.
Small prints on antique style paper, mounted to actual antique salvaged wood, and hung with twine. 3.5" x 4.5"