Watermill, 1635.

Watermill, 1635.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


Engraved plate taken from John Bate's 'The Mysteries of Nature and Art' (1635), showing a mill engine powered by tide water. 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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