A Repository for Bottled Monsters, a blog that features all things from the National Museum of Health and Medicine, recently featured the Libraries' exhibition, Picturing Words: the Power of Book Illustration, which is on display at the National Museum of American History through mid-April.
The items on display that caught this blog's eye are from The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 1861–65 , United States Surgeon General's Office , Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1870–88, p. 830, Plate LIII.
The U. S. Surgeon General’s multi-volume Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, printed between 1870 and 1888, used almost every graphic process available at the time. Pictorial technology was changing rapidly, and numerous techniques were used to produce the highest quality illustrations on time and under budget. In addition to traditional wood engravings, steel engravings, and lithographs, the book featured new photomechanical processes.