‘Donati's Comet, 1858’: frontispiece to 'Sun, Moon and Stars: Astronomy for Beginners' by Agnes Giberne (London, 1910), an astronomical text-book for children.

Watch the skies!

15 February 2013 by

Well, today is certainly a lively day in the heavens, what with meteors over Russia and the close approach of…

‘The Dodo, and the Guinea Pig’ by George Edwards: plate 294 from 'Gleanings of Natural History' volume 2 (London, 1760).

The romantic Mr Edwards

13 February 2013 by

Treasure on the high seas in the swashbuckling days of the eighteenth century wasn’t always the usual boring chests of…