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To learn more about the engraver of the 17th-century head-piece pictured to the left, see the IN BRIEF biography for Wenceslaus Hollar.

More of my research about women who were involved in the 17th-century scientific/technical book trade (as printers, publishers, booksellers, and authors) will be found in She-philosopher.​com’s new edition (revised and enlarged) of the GALLERY EXHIBIT on “Women in the Print Trade.”

For a discussion of the machine known as “An Instrument to draw PERSPECTIVE with. Contriv'd by Sir Christopher Wren.” — which may well have been influenced by Platt’s account here of a tracing instrument for artists — see the digital edition of Chambers’ Cyclopaedia articles on design in the She-philosopher.​com Library.

For more about forthcoming projects planned for this website, see the PREVIEWS section.

First Published:  August 2012
Revised (substantive):  9 May 2021

Under Construction

S O R R Y,  but this e-publication page — with an illustrated HTML transcript of Sir Hugh Platt’s instructions for artistic use of a tracing machine, as given in his The Jewel House of Art and Nature (1st edn., 1594); the reissue of 1653 was printed by a woman, Elizabeth Alsop (fl. 1647–1664), and reviewed by Henry Oldenburg in an issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London — is still under construction.

17th-century head-piece showing six boys with farm tools, by Wenceslaus Hollar

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