The German geometer Max Brückner was fascinated by polyhedra, and he wrote about them in depth in his 1900 work Polygons and Polyhedra: Theory and History.
Over at the Internet Archive, they've scanned the book, and if you flip to the end -- beginning at page 243 -- there's a real visual treat: Several pages of Brückner's line drawings of polyhedra, followed by photos of his collection of 3D polyhedral objects.
The Public Domain Review recently unearthed these, and now I want some of these pages blown up to poster-size for my walls!
(You can seem more of these screenshots over at the Public Domain Review's post.)
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