'Flying dragon' firework, 1635. Engraved pl
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

'Flying dragon' firework, 1635. Engraved pl

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Flying dragon' firework, 1635. Engraved plate taken from John Bate's 'The Mysteries of Nature and Art' (1635), showing a dragon firework pasing between two buildings on a rope. This heavily illustrated book contains the earliest British representation of a kite (and one of the earliest in Europe), and was one of the first British publications to have a complete section on fireworks. It details and illustrates such diverse subjects as water works and drawing and painting, and features an early illustration and description of a zoetrope.

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