Flamsteed observed

14 May 2019 by

As I made my way through volume 62 of our New Letter Book series, which contains outgoing correspondence from 1922,…

Death mask of Sir Isaac Newton

Death masks

6 August 2013 by

The death mask is a curious historical niche which attracts considerable interest. They are made by taking a cast of…

Alienists

3 February 2012 by

You can get archival treasures in the dullest of wrappings. I recently opened an undistinguished and frankly scuffed-looking ledger marked…