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Total Eclipse of the Art: Trouvelot and the 1878 Eclipse

For Americans in the post-Civil War years, the most iconic images of the cosmos were largely the work of one man: Étienne Leopold Trouvelot (1827-1895), an artist and amateur astronomer who produced incredible images of the heavens.Read More ›

The Curious Shape of Money in Old New York

On August 8, we're celebrating National Dollar Day, which commemorates the day that Congress defined the construction of the dollar, the newly established currency of the United States. Read More ›

Rare Books: Machinae Novae of 1595

We often get asked about firsts in printing history in the Rare Book Division. Machinae novae Favsti Verantii siceni (Venice, 1595) known as Machinae Novae, or New Machines, contains some of the first printed images related to engineering and machinery.

Machinae Novae was written by scholar-diplomat and scientist Fausto Veranzio in Venice; only a few copies of this 1595 edition are 

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