Monday, October 03, 2005

The English theatrum machinarum?

Hold the press! I may have found one:

Title: The mysteries [mysteryes] of nature and art in four severall parts / by John Bate.
Author: Bate, John.
Imprint: London : Printed by R. Bishop for Andrew Crook,
Date: 1654

It's got great plates of mysterious mechanical devices including some related to fireworks and pyrotechnics. The format, however, is a bit different. Bate embeds the figure into the text.

Of course, now I have to find a bit out a bit more about this John Bate fellow.

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