We begin with, er, light bulbs. Because if you were absurdly wealthy, why wouldn’t you amass a collection of historic lightbulbs.
“The Huntington’s collection of historical lamps consists of nearly 400 light bulbs, about half of which are on display here. The light bulbs range from the 1890s to the 1960s. They include examples of the variety of bases, filaments and globes in use before the development of current incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs.”
More of the light bulb collection.
Optical fibres hanging from the ceiling, like really expensive fairy lights.
Beautifully detailed natural history illustrations.
The History of Serpents by Edward Topsell. I question the good taste of showing a boa with a surprisingly calm-looking baby in its mouth on the first page, but whatevs.
Systema Saturnium by Christiaan Huygens. Because Cassini!
Edwin Hubble: Log book for the 100 inch telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory, California, USA, 1925.
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