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    • The Precious New Pearl
    • circa 1450 – 1480

    This is one of only six known complete manuscripts of a 14th-century alchemical treatise; all the extant manuscripts date from the 15th century or later. This copy includes lengthy contemporary glosses, possibly…

    • circa 1520 – 1540

    Found in its original plain binding of parchment, this work was most likely compiled by a practitioner of alchemy and medicine. Containing a handwritten copy of Liber lucis by John of Rupescissa (Johannes de Rupescissa)…

    • 1529 (M.D.XXIX)

    First edition published by Heinrich Stayner of De re militari, a classic work on the science of making war by Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, commonly referred to as Vegetius, a writer from the Later Roman Empire…

    • 1529 (M.D.XXIX)

    Illustrated title page with a woodcut after Hans Weiditz by Jörg Brou the elder of Schoeller, showing a military scene with men in armor, some of whom are carrying long swords and spears in front of decorated tents.

    • 1572

    Maranta of Venosa's work on antidotes to poisons. Only engraved title page has been digitized at this time.

    • The Various and Ingenious Machines of Captain Agostino Ramelli
    • 1588

    Le diverse et artificiose machine belongs to a new genre that emerged in the late 16th century, the "theatre of machines," which offered original mechanical solutions to the problems of everyday life. Ramelli's book…

    • The Art of Glass
    • 1612

    This early treatise on the chemistry and technology of glassmaking by Antonio Neri revealed the closely guarded secrets of Venetian glassmaking for the first time. The main part of the text deals with the coloring of…

    • Atalanta Fleeing
    • 1618

    First published in 1617, Michael Maier's alchemical emblem book contains a preface on ancient music and the Greek myth of Atalanta and Hippomenes and consists of 50 engraved emblems, each accompanied by a discourse and…

    • Atalanta Fleeing
    • 1618

    First published in 1617, Michael Maier's alchemical emblem book contains a preface on ancient music and the Greek myth of Atalanta and Hippomenes and consists of 50 engraved emblems, each accompanied by a discourse and…

    • 1633

    Compiled by Gerard from works by Turner, Rembert Dodoens, Iacobus Theodorus, Pena and L'Obel, this English botanical book includes numerous woodcuts of plants. The lavishly illustrated title page is engraved by John…

    • The Great Art of Artillery
    • 1650

    Kazimierz Siemienowicz's treatise was used for over a century as a basic manual on artillery, rocketry, and pyrotechnics. It was originally published in Latin (1650) and was translated into French (1651), German (1676),…

    • 1652 (MDCLII)

    First published in 1652, this compilation of English alchemical literature was collected and annotated by Elias Ashmole. The book made available many works that had previously existed only in privately held manuscripts,…

    • 1652 (MDCLII)

    The engraved emblem on the lower half of this title page was made after a 15th-century illuminated manuscript (now preserved in the British Library) and depicts an eagle, snake, and toad against a solar and lunar…

    • 1655

    This work contains a detailed description of the natural history cabinet created by the Danish scientist Ole Worm. The text is divided into four books, the first three dealing with minerals, the plant and animal…

    • Praxis Artolloriae Pyrotechnicae
    • Complete Instruction on the Making of Rockets, Fire-, Water- and Storm-Bullets, Grenades, Pitch- and Storm-Wreaths and Every Kind of Delightful and Serious Fireworks
    • 1660
    • 1660

    Forty-three experiments are detailed within this work, including the physical and chemical properties of air proving it has weight along with determining that a vacuum restricts the transmission of sound as well as the…

    • 1660

    Folding copperplate engraving illustrating sixteen figures including the pneumatical engine and components used in pneumatic experiments leading to the discovery of Boyle's law.

    Forty-three experiments are detailed…

    • 1665

    The engraving on the lower-half of the title page depicts the coat of arms of the Royal Society, founded in November 1660 by royal charter of King Charles II. The coat of arms consists of a shield argent featuring the…

    • 1665

    First edition of Robert Hooke's seminal volume, the first large work to illustrate microscopical objects, with copperplates engraved by Hooke himself. All 38 copperplates from the volume are digitized here, with…

    • Occasional Reflexions
    • 1665

    Dedicated to "Sophronia" (i.e., Robert Boyle's "dearest sister," Lady Ranelagh), the author is seen here in his happiest mood. Written while he was on a holiday at his manor house in Stalbridge, Dorset, Boyle draws in…

    • Praeparatio Mercurii ad Lapidem per Regulu/am ♂ [Martis] ✱tum [Stellatum] et Lunam, ex MSS. Phi Americani
    • after 1670 – before 1678

    The manuscript—"On the Preparation of the [Sophick] Mercury for the [Philosophers'] stone by means of the stellate regulus of Mars [i.e. iron] and Luna [i.e. silver] from the Manuscripts of the American Philosopher"—was…

    • Part of The Last Will and Testament of Basil Valentine
    • 1671

    Table of alchemical symbols. These and other symbols are common throughout alchemical literature and were used to denote some elements and compounds until the 18th century. While notation like this was mostly…

    • 1678

    Bound volume contains a compilation of earlier famous alchemical texts. Select title pages and plates are digitized including the plates illustrating The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine (Basilius Valentinus). Also…

    • First Key from The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine (Basilius Valentinus)
    • 1678
    • Second Key from The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine (Basilius Valentinus)
    • 1678