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Some illustations from The Mysteries of Nature and Art by John Bate, a 17th Century “technical

Some illustations from The Mysteries of Nature and Art by John Bate, a 17th Century “technical compendium” that purportedly nudged a young Isaac Newton towards the path of science.

The book was printed in 1634 and consists of descriptions of “mechanical contrivances” in the subjects of water-works, fireworks, and “extravagants” (miscellaneous experiments), as well as drawing and painting.

Scans of the book are available from the Library of Congress, as well as a PDF file of the entire volume. More information about the book can be found in this article on the Public Domain Review website.