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1650John Dury Writes the First Book on Librarianship in English Circa 1650
A modern photograph of a vintage sliding stick side rule.
The Sliding Stick Form of Slide Rule
Circa 1650 – 1703
A painting of Samuel Pepys by John Hayls, 1666.
Samuel Pepys' Library: One of the Most Significant Private Libraries Preserved Intact from 17th Century England, in its Original Bookcases
1650 – 2012The Ussher Chronology: The World Was Created in 4004 BCE 1650Possibly the Earliest High-Level Printed Scientific Book Written by a Woman 1651
The title page of Le Cuisinier Francois, by Francois Pierre de La Varenne, 1680.
La Varenne Writes the Founding Text of Modern French Cuisine
A portrait of Humphrey Chetham, now in the library reading room.
Chetham's Library: the First Free Public Reference Library in the United Kingdom
1656Borel Publishes an Encrypted Notice of Huygens' Discovery of Saturn's Ring 1656Huygens Invents the Pendulum Clock, Increasing Accuracy Sixty Fold 1659Huygens Publishes his Discovery of Saturn's Ring 1659The Longest Series of Monthly Temperature Observations 1660David Teniers the Younger Publishes the First Published Illustrated Catalogue of an Art Collection 1661Joachim Becher Provides Possibly the Earliest Model for Machine Translation 1661John Evelyn Attacks Air Pollution 1661 – 1663John Eliot Issues First Complete Bible Published in the Western Hemisphere 1662Demography & Vital Statistics 1662Working Around the English Monopoly on Solid Graphite 1662
Detail of page from Decartes' De homine figuris.  Please click on link below to view and resize entire page.
Mechanistic View of the Human Body
1662The First Book on the Appreciation of Prints and the First Description of Mezzotint 1662The First Work in English on the Technique of Engraving and Etching 1664Argument for Forest Management 1664The Earliest Bibliography of Bibliographies 1664The First English Publication Entirely on Printing 1665Robert Hooke's Graphic Portrayal of the Hitherto Unknown Microcosm 1665 – 1666Jacques Raveneau Issues the First Book on the Detection of Forged Documents January 5, 1665Journal des sçavans: The First Scientific Journal Begins Publication March 6, 1665The Oldest Continuous Journal of an Academy of Science Begins Publication April 1665 – September 1666
A scanning electron micrograph depicting a mass of Yersinia pestis bacteria, which is the cause of the Bubonic Plague.
The Great Plague of London
1666Michel de Marolles Writes the First Book on Print Collecting 1666Jean Talon Conducts the First Census in North America 1666Joachim Johann Maders Issues the First Anthology on Libraries and Library Science 1666The First Treatise on Chemistry Written by a Woman September 2 – September 5, 1666The Great Fire of London 1667The First Medical or Scientific Publication in North America, Known from a Single Surviving Copy August 17, 1667Construction of Samuel Pepys's Bookshelves -- Among the Earliest Extant 1668Description of the "Mathematical Organ" 1668John Wilkins Creates A Universal Language Based on a Classification Scheme or Ontology, and a Universal System of Measurement 1668
Frontpiece detail from Les maladies des femmes grosses et accouchées.  Please click on link below to view and resize image of entire page.
François Mauriceau Founds the Science of Obstetrics
1670"On the Burning of a Library": A Work of Self-Consolation 1670The First Print Surviving from New England 1671
Pierre Petit's Arithmetic Cylinder.
More Affordable and Easier to Use than the Pascaline
Title page of Samuel Morland's The Discription and Use of Two Arithmetick Instruments.
The First Book on a Calculating Machine Published in English
1673 – 1710Leibniz Invents the Stepped Drum Gear Calculator 1673The Mathematical Analysis of Pendulum Motion 1674The World's Oldest Auction House is Founded 1675The Beginning of Palaeography 1675Laws of Book Production and the Book Trade 1676The First Bibliography of Rare Books 1676The First Book on the Classification of Birds Without Respect to Geographical Boundaries October 31, 1676The First Book Auction in England 1677The First Map Engraved and Published in New England 1677Precursor of Malthus 1678The First Published Rules for Archival Operation? June 25, 1678The First Doctoral Degree is Awarded to a Woman March 15, 1679 – 1705Leibniz on Binary Arithmetic April 1 – December 1680The World's First Postage Stamp from the First Postal Service to Allow Registration and Pre-Payment 1681Foundation of Palaeography and Diplomatics 1681The First Scientific Book Written by a Native Latin American to be Published in the Western Hemisphere 1683 – 1684Joseph Moxon Issues the First Comprehensive Printing Manual 1684What the Journeyman Printer Needs for Ready Reference 1684The First Publication on the Differential Calculus 1684 – 1692The First Hieroglyphic Bible for Children 1684Aristotle's Masterpiece 1684 – 1718The First Book Review Journal: an Early Long-Distance Intellectual Community and Social Network 1685
Plate from Bidloo's Anatomia humani corporis. Please click on the link below to view and resize full page. 
Anatomy in the Style of Dutch Still-Life Painting
1685 – 1706Locke's Method of Indexing Commonplace Books 1687Newton's Principia Mathematica 1687 – 1690The First Reading Primer Designed for the American Colonies 1688The First Attempt to Collect and Organize the Literature of Early Printing 1688The First Independently Published Bibliography of Mathematics April 1688The First American Public Document to Protest Slavery and One of the First Written Public Declarations of Universal Human Rights 1690The First Paper Mill in the United States 1690"Political Arithmetick": Application of Statistics to Economic Theory and Policy 1690Huygens's Wave or Pulse Theory of Light September 25, 1690"Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestic," the First Newspaper Published in North America, Suppressed after a Single Issue 1691 – 1694The First Map of All of New Spain 1692The Bibliotheque du Roi Opens to the Public 1693The Breslau Tables 1693The First Book Catalogue Published in America 1693Jean Imberdis Publishes First Book on the Manufacture of Paper 1695The End of Pre-Publication Censorship Stimulates Newspapers and Other Publishing May 13, 1696The First Licensed Woman Printer in North America Was Illiterate 1697The First Country-Wide Printed Union Catalogue of Manuscripts 1697The First Printed Facsimile of a Manuscript 1698First Public Lending Library in North America 1698Baroque Anatomy and Plagiarism (?) 1698A Visionary Library Cataloguing Scheme That Was Not Realized 1699There Are 150 Paper Mills in England 1699A Universal Bibliography, but Only for "A and B" 1699The Structural Relationships between the Body of Man and the Anthropoid Ape 1700Raoul Feuillet Publishes the Beauchamp-Feuillet Dance Notation 1700
Title page from De morbis artificium diatriba.
Bernardino Ramazzini Founds Occupational Medicine and Ergonomics