Blog post from Friday, 28 February, 2014


From Rare Books in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (1985), here’s another view of the book wheel.

The Smithsonian Libraries actually has three copies of Recueil d’Ouvrages Curieux de Mathematique et de Mecanique, in which this book wheel is one of many fascinating contraptions. The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library’s rare book collection holds a 1751 copy, while the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology holds another 1751 copy along with a first edition from 1719. has a copy digitized from the University of Toronto. Definitely worth perusing!

A fabulous example of technology applied to the fine art of reading.