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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Pictorial Archive
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Pap/Cdr edition (September 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486481115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486481111
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a great resource.
INGA M HUNTER
This book/CD ROM had every steampunk picture you would ever need.
caroleeon
I love this item, and will spend many hours using it.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Danno VINE VOICE on October 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Steampunk Sourcebook" is a Victorian/Edwardian-themed clipart collection + CD ROM. The graphics are saved at various JPG resolutions and are the sort of thing you'll like if you do digital scrapbooking, making collages or are involved in some sort of retro-themed project. Despite the Steampunk title, these are really more like the images Terry Gilliam used in his Monty Python animations (although perhaps the plethora of geared pocketwatches and guns speak otherwise). If you've got a penchant for surrealism, you'll get a major kick out of this book and the graphics ought to inspire you. It's definitely a niche market but I think I fall into that niche.

It's amazing how creepy and weird these graphics are when divorced from what their original contexts were, and as an armchair art historian I wish that Dover included some of this context in this book. However, I was happy to see that Dover included some truly odd assemblages and collages made from these graphics. Again, this edges closer to what (to me at least) looks like late 1960s psychedelic collages but since I like that look a lot I am not complaining. The included collages, to my eyes, are quite beautiful and surreal.

True, you're essentially paying for public domain images but good luck tracking these down in their original sources and then verifying their status as free-to-use! I'd rather be spared the effort by buying this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Laurie E. Thompson on October 26, 2011
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I just got this book today feel it provides a good starting point as far as reference photos go for developing a good steampunk illustration. I was kind of hoping for more pictures of victorian gadgets and fashion but still feel the book worth the money I paid for it. I don't need to worry about copyright issues at least and have a much better idea of what items I might want to research both in my local library and on the internet for further reference material.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DAVID B. RILEY on April 13, 2012
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If you're doing any sort of print project like a program, brochure or booklet, this is a great starting point for ideas and even illustrations. The book is chock full of a variety of steampunk and victorian imagry and is available at both high and low resolutions on the accompanying disk. I have not seen anything else out there with this variety and quality of images.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Anderson on December 3, 2011
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I think this book is an excellent value. As well as the CD of all the images with some basic editing tools, you receive 500+ images and 28 color examples done by a variety of people using the images in the book. At this price, what more could you ask for?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By caroleeon on January 30, 2012
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This book/CD ROM had every steampunk picture you would ever need. Thousand of pictures to choose from in black and white so you can leave as is or color in as you wish. A great resource book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KatReadzAlot on December 29, 2011
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A very good starting point for using old illustrations for Steampunk collages.
I appreciate the variety and I am happy with the quality of the digital files on the cd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neal LaFrance on January 4, 2013
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You'll learn from the best in the genera about how to source steam punk items and make your own steam punk gadgets!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CG on February 20, 2014
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Dover originally created their CD versions in Bitmap, Gif, Tiff AND JPEG files , but this book and the other two like it, are only done in JPEG files...a lazy, useless way to offer clip art. I don't know what happened, but you can no longer group the images like you see done on the cover of this book, because they only offer jpegs, which give you images in a white box.....So misleading. And when I called Dover to find out,they had no answer, and did not return a phone call that they promised. I used to love Dover and have many of their earlier clip art books on CD, but stay away from these if you expect the same quality. What a waste of money.
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