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This engraving is taken from The Cyclopaedia; or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature, edited by Rev. Abraham Rees. Dates for the Rev. Rees are 1743–1825. The Cyclopaedia was published in serial form between 1802 and 1820.

The engraving illustrates Parker's burning lens, also known as a burning glass. Burning lenses focused the sun's light to create enough heat to cause fire, and were widely used in the 18th century for scientific experiments that required combustion.

Although this engraving is credited to Lowry, its elements are borrowed from a 1794 engraving created by Robert Scot and printed in Philadelphia by Dobson.



Parker's Burning Lens

Plate II

Figs. 1 to 3.

(Caption omitted) Published as the Act directs, Feby 1 1806, by Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, Paternoster Row

(Caption omitted) Engraved by Wilson Lowry

Wilson Lowry's dates are 1762–1824.

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