Enclyclopædia Britannica (page 2/3)

[picture: Front Cover of the 1770 Encylopædia Britannica]

Front Cover of the 1770 Encylopædia Britannica

My copy is actually a fac-simile bound in full leather. Well, let’s say it’s full leather...


[picture: Plate XIX, fig. 3.---Crane Mechanism.]

Plate XIX, fig. 3.—Crane Mechanism.

Another very good crane is made in the following manner. AA (fig. 3.) is a great wheel turned by men walking within it at H. On the part C, of its axle BC, the great rope D is wound as the wheel turns; and this

[picture: Plate XLII.---Astronomy: detail: sun and eclipses]

Plate XLII.—Astronomy: detail: sun and eclipses

A diagram with the sun in the middle, complete with a face, and showing the illumination of the earth at varoius times of the year, marked by month and zodiac sign. [...]the sun, and also the full diagram. [more...]


[picture: Plate XLII.---Astronomy: detail: the face of the sun.]

Plate XLII.—Astronomy: detail: the face of the sun.

This diagram, taken from plate XLII on eclipses, shows the sun as an eight-pointed star with a face in the middle, including eyes, nose and mouth! (Obviously the sun does not have a beard, since the hair would burn away!) [more...]


[picture: Plate XLIII.---Astronomy.]

Plate XLIII.—Astronomy.

This full-page copper plate engraving contains a number of diagrams for the article on astronomy; I will post them as separate images on request. [more...]


[picture: Plate XLIII.---Astronomy.---Fig. 2.]

Plate XLIII.—Astronomy.—Fig. 2.

Figure 2, showing the Winter Solstice on December 22nd.

The full plate


[picture: Plate XLIII.---Astronomy.---Fig. 3.]

Plate XLIII.—Astronomy.—Fig. 3.

This diagram shows how (and why) the moon appears to grow and shrink at different times of the month. [more...]


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