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Circa 1750Printing about 200 Sheets per Hour 1750The First Extensive Treatise on the Peruvian Knot-Based Counting Language, the Quipu 1751 – 1780The Central Enterprise of the French Enlightenment 1751 – 1828The First Significant Catalogue RaisonnĂ© in Western Art History October 19, 1752 – 1754The First Discovery of Ancient Papyri in Europe 1753Binomial Nomenclature for Plants January 11, 1753The British Museum is Founded 1754The First Significant Decipherment of an Ancient Script: Palmyrene May 9, 1754The First American Political Cartoon: "JOIN, or DIE." 1755The Earliest Formal Treatment of "Data-Processing" 1755"The First Treatise on Economics" (Jevons) 1755Diderot on Information Overload, and the Encyclopedia as a Means of Organizing and Enhancing Associations in Knowledge 1756The Tallard Sale: A New Level of Connoisseurship in the Cataloguing of Works of Art 1757George II Donates the "Old Royal Library" May 5, 1757A Typographic Masterpiece, & the First Book Printed Partially on Wove Paper 1758Binomial Nomenclature for Animals 1758Decipherment of the Phoenician Language 1759The British Museum Opens 1759Candide, ou l'Optimism 1759 – 1767"Tristram Shandy": Philosophical and Comedic Digressions and Innovative Illustration Techniques October 6, 1759 – 1760The First Book Printed Entirely on Wove Paper Circa 1760 – 1780The Copiale Cipher is Decrypted: Initiation into a Secret Society of Oculists 1760The First Scientific Explanation of Tsunamis April 21, 1760The First Contemporary Art Exhibition 1761An Astronomer Writes the First Comprehensive Treatise on Papermaking 1761 – 1762Probably the First Color-Printed Illustrations in a Major Scientific Periodical 1761 – 1763The Relationship of Egyptian Hieroglypics to Phoenician and Greek 1763Bayes's Theorem for Calculating Inverse Probabilities 1763The First Separately Printed French Treatise on Bookbinding 1763 – 1782The Beginning of "Modern" Rare Book Cataloguing 1764Hargreaves Invents the Spinning Jenny 1764 – 1766Influential Manual of Types and Typefounding 1764The First Type Specimen Book from an English Type Foundry 1765The First Biographical Timeline Chart January 30, 1765 – 1771"The Most Interesting and Rarest Work" on Papermaking 1766Computing the "Seaman's Bible" 1766Probably the Earlest Illustrated Medical Book Published in the American Colonies 1768 – 1774The Jacquet-Droz Automata 1768 – 1771The First Systematic Guide to Collecting Prints, Blockbooks, and the Earliest Printed books December 1768 – 1771Encyclopaedia Britannica Begins 1769 – 1775Arkwright Patents his Spinning Machine 1769The Chess-Playing Turk 1769 – 1794The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe 1769 – 1770The Most Influential Historical Timeline of the Eighteenth Century 1769 – 1774Inspiration for "Grangerizing," A Mania for Extra-Illustration 1769Graphic Representation of the Organization of the Encyclopedie 1770The Earliest Large-Scale Data-Processing Organization April 15, 1770Invention of the Rubber Eraser 1772Building Key Parts of the Handpress out of Iron 1772Discovery that Growing Plants Restore Air Vitiated by Combustion or Respiration 1773 – 1782Probably the Most Ambitious Editorial Enterprise before the Wikipedia 1774The First Book on Western Medicine and Science Published in Japanese 1775Didot Revises Fournier's Point System for Typographic Units April 17, 1775The American Revolutionary War Begins 1776The Age of "Laissez-Faire" July 4 – August 2, 1776
Detail of the Declaration of Independence of the United States.  Please click on link to view and resize entire image.
The Declaration of Independence
1777The First Textbook on Zoogeography 1777Lichtenberg Figures 1777 – 1787Mesmer & the Animal Magnetism Movement: An Archive November 15, 1777 – March 1, 1781The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union 1778
Detail from cover of Chemische Annalen für die Freunde der Naturlehre, Arzneygelahrtheit, Haushaltungskunst und Manufacturen.  Please click on the link below to view and resize the full image.
The First Chemistry Journal
1779Technology Leading to Disruptive Economic and Social Change 1779Discovery of Photosynthesis 1779
Detail of plate from Gamelin's Nouveau recueil d'ostéologie et de myologie, dessin‚ d'après nature. . . pour l'utilit‚ des sciences et des arts..  Please click on link below to view and resize full image.
An Anatomy for Artists including Fantastical Elements
1780The First National Geological Atlas Circa 1782Panel Paintings of the Operations of a French Enlightenment Printing Shop Depicted 1782Prospectus for a Monumental European Encyclopedia 1782 – 1832166.5 Volumes of Text but No Comprehensive Index! 1782Early Graphic Representation of Statistics 1783 – 1784The First Aerial Voyages 1783 – 1785Reforming the Teaching of English in the United States 1784 – 1785A "Paper Architect" Envisages In One Gigantic Reading Room the Entire "Memory of the World" 1784The First to Study the Effect of Gravity on Light 1784The First English History of Paleography and Diplomatics 1784The First Map of the United States Printed in the United States 1784The First Patent for Stereotyping 1784 – 1791Enlightenment Precursor of Evolution by Natural Selection February 9, 1784 – 1805Mozart's Autograph Catalogue of His Own Compositions, and its First Printed Editions 1785Origin of "The Times" of London 1785Proof of the Clinical Value of Digitalis 1785 – 1786Foundation of Statistical Graphics: the Line Chart and Bar Chart Circa 1785The First Automated Flour Mill 1786The First System of Shorthand Used Throughout the English Speaking World 1786Early Archaeological Exploration of Fertility Rites February 2, 1786 – 1788Foundation of Comparative Linguistics 1787First Catalogue of the British Museum Library May 22, 1787 – 1807Foundation of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade September 17, 1787 – June 21, 1788
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The Constitution of the United States
1788Watt Invents the Centrifugal Governor 1788The Beginnings of Papyrology 1789 – 1792The First Road Atlas of the United States 1789Martyr to Chemistry January 23 – July 14, 1789Bastille Day August 26 – August 27, 1789
Detail of Déclaration des droits de l'Homme et du citoyen by Jean-Jacques le Barbier.  Please click on link below to view and resize entire image.
Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen
September 25, 1789 – December 15, 1791The Bill of Rights 1790Foundation of the Archives nationales de France 1790Predictor of the Cylinder Press 1790 – 1802Bibliographical Guide to Antiquarian Bookselling and Collecting, With Pioneering Exposition on Rarity 1790Death by Printing Press in Stockholm April 10 – July 31, 1790The U.S. Patent August 2, 1790The First U.S. Census 1791The First Successful Speech Synthesizer 1791Earliest Precursor to the Dust Jacket? 1791The First National Code of Descriptive Cataloging--Early Use of Cards in Cataloging Books January 24, 1791The First Historical Society in the United States February 18, 1791Printing as a Way to Preserve Information March 2, 1791Faster than a Messenger on Horseback September 27, 1791Jews Receive Full Citizenship in France December 5, 1791"The Magna Carta of Industrial America" Circa 1792 – 1819Invention of Steel Engraving 1793The First Free Public National Library 1793 – 1801Mathematical Tables Calculated by Hairdressers Unemployed after the French Revolution 1793 – 1794Proposal for a National Bibliography of France 1793Printing Manual for the French Revolution by the "First Printer of National Liberty" 1793 – 1794The Metric System 1793Founding Work of Floral Ecology 1794The Chappe Telegraph 1794Discovery of Echolocation or Biosonar 1795Invention of Modern Pencil Lead 1795The Poetry of Homer First Studied as a Product of Oral Tradition 1795 – 1809Discovery of the Method of Least Squares 1795The First Comprehensive Bibliography of Technology 1796 – 1800Invention of Lithography 1796The First American Cookbook Written by an American 1796The First American Type Foundry 1797The Beginning of the Scientific and Art Historical Studies on Leonardo da Vinci 1798 – 1801The First Papermaking Machine 1798Suppression of Private Printing in Russia 1798 – 1799Probably the First Printing Presses in Africa since 1516 1798Malthus on Population 1798The First Official National Industrial Exposition 1798 – 1799The Introduction of Bleach in Paper Production 1799 – 1827Celestial Mechanics Circa 1800The Industrial Revolution Advances 1800Phasing Out Latin as the International Language Circa 1800The First Completely Iron Printing Press Circa 1800 – 1820The Gradual Disappearance of the Long S in Typography Circa 1800Maillardet's Automaton April 24, 1800The Origin of the Library of Congress April 28, 1800The First Patent for Paper Recycling