Rocket fireworks launched from the water, 1635. Engraved plate taken from John Bate's 'The Mysteries of Nature and Art' (1635), showing rockets 'that shall burn a good while in the water, and then mount up into the air'. 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 such diverse subjects as water works and drawing and painting, and features an early illustration of a zoetrope.
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