I'm still exploring the reasons why the theatrum machinarum were never printed in England (other than the work of Isaac de Caus, which is another story). One explanation may be religious differences. Protestants in France would have found the image-heavy format particularly resistent to false readings. The English Reformation may have had the opposite effect as people more fully embraced words rather than icons. Some readings:
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AUTHOR Sharpe, Kevin (Kevin M.)
TITLE Reading revolutions : the politics of reading in early modern England / Kevin Sharpe.
IMPRINT New Haven [Conn.] ; London [England] : Yale University Press, c2000.
CALL # DA375.S55 2000.
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TITLE Form and reform in Renaissance England : essays in honor of Barbara Kiefer Lewalski / edited by Amy Boesky and Mary Thomas Crane.
IMPRINT Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; [Cranbury, N.J.] : Associated University Presses, c2000.
CALL # PR423.F66 2000.
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AUTHOR Collinson, Patrick.
TITLE From iconoclasm to iconophobia : the cultural impact of the second English Reformation / by Patrick Collinson.
IMPRINT Reading : University of Reading, 1986.
CALL # BX9334.2.C64 1986.