Roger Bacon

This image of a monk with book, alembic, and other chemical apparatus, represents the 13th-century English philosopher Roger Bacon. The signature in the lower right corner reads “H. Pyle.” The pencil signatures on the mat read “Howard Pyle” and “W. H. W. Bicknell sc. / 1903” and “W. H. Bicknell” with his remarque (a figure of a woman holding an olive branch). The logo of The Bibliophile Society, in red, appears in the center below the image, and the words “Copyright 1903 by The Bibliophile Society” appear in the upper left corner.
In connection with a new edition of Bibliomania, or Book Madness written by the English bibliographer, Thomas Frognall Dibden, the Bibliophile Society in Boston asked Howard Pyle (1853-1911) to create a series of images of famous authors and bibliophiles. When that project proved successful, the Society asked William Harry Warren Bicknell (1860-1947) to create large etchings of these images. This is one of those etchings.
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Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 17 3/4 in x 10 1/4 in; 45.085 cm x 26.035 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
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Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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