Antique Scientific Prints

For sale below is a selection of beautiful antique scientific prints. If you are looking for a particular subject try the search box on the right hand side or feel free to contact me as I have many more in stock.

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Antique Scientific Prints

About antique scientific prints

“Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est” – “Knowledge itself is power”. I carry a wide stock of scientific prints, covering subjects such as Electricity, Mechanics, Pneumatics, Surveying, Optics, Scuba-diving and more.

In the 18th Century there was much interest in Scientific material. The New Royal Encyclopaedia or Complete Modern Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, dedicated to the King, by William Henry Hall printed for C. Cooke, [1789-1791] was very popular. The section on Electricity has four illustrations. William Herschel built his own telescope as he could not get one large enough.He discovered Saturn’s 2 moons in 1789, and his sister Caroline discovered 6 new comets.
There are also illustrations on Pneumatics, Mechanics, Dialling,Chemistry, Diving and more, the most up to date information, as was known in the 18th century.

Scientia, in Latin, means knowledge. By the middle of the sixteenth century the word science denoted  connected knowledge, as opposed to art. At the earliest establishment of universities the branches of knowledge were separated from the rest under the name of liberal arts. The six main sciences in 1890 were these;

  1. Mathematics, the science of quantity, including arithmatic, algebra, calculus, geometry and more.
  2. Physics, including mechanics, hydraulics, hydrostatics, acoustics ,pneumatics, light, heat, magnetism,and  electricity. Astronomy, the science of the universe,  and geology and physical geography, the sciences of the history of our earth, are large separate departments of physics
  3. Chemistry. is the science of the inner composition of the world out of a few elements , and traces new substances and properties.
  4. Biology, the science of living things both animal and vegetable, botany and zoology, classification and description. Anatomy and embryology are other branches.
  5. Psychology, the science of mental phenomena. the practical side is logic and education.
  6. Sociology, the study of man as a race, the comparative views of anthropology and ethnology, the consideration of various governments, legal codes and manners and customs, and the elucidation of the problems of wealth which comes under the name of political economy.
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Prices are quoted unframed (except where noted)
and exclude p&p,
all items subject to availability.
Items guaranteed over 100 yrs old unless marked.