Frontispiece

to
Thomas Sprat's

History of the Royal Society, 1667

in the

British Library

 

A bust of King Charles II rests on a column which is flanked by Ashmole and Bacon. Asmole is shown pointing to the name of Charles, Carolus, on the column, and Bacon points to a set of Masonic instruments, hanging on a wall. Prominent among these instruments is a pair of compasses, which is similar to the letter A , the prominent letter in the headpieces of some of the Shakespeare plays.

Detail of Frontispiece to

Thomas Sprat's History of the Royal Society,

on the floor by Bacon's feet , it is written

Artium Instaurator

 

 

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