This French 1700s microscope was built sometime between 1745 and 1765. “Microscopes, especially ones as elaborate as this example, were luxurious symbols of enlightened aristocratic sophistication in the 1700s.” – Image source. Fancy science.
The detail to this illustration of a Bedazzled Crown is admirable. Johann Baptist Homann really knew how to capture this ‘over the top’ head piece. I’m sure the fancy levels for this thing were off the charts, in terms of status and cost. However, it seems like the more jewels a crown has – the more tacky it looks.
Jean-Pierre Blanchard lived between 1753 to 1809. During his life he made quite the name for himself as a French inventor. He is best known as The Balloon Flight Pioneer or as some call it a ‘ballooning’ pioneer. ‘Ballooning’ is such an awesome word. He is also the first person to cross the English Channel via balloon.
Wikipedia has much more information on Jean-Pierre. The rest of this post will be images I found relating to him and his inventions! I hope seeing these lifts your spirit. hehe
“In German and Latin. On white, brown and grey-green paper. The title within an ornamental border in wash, with skulls, skeletons and cross-bones. Illustrated with 31 extraordinary water-colour drawings of demons, and three pages of magical and cabbalistic signs and sigils, etc. At the end the figures are in red, and part of the text is written in white on the grey-green paper.”