Jacqueline Thomas Books



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The Islamic Golden Age was a period in history when the Muslim world was united under caliphates, dating from approximately the 8th to the 13th centuries, when Muslim rulers established one of the greatest empires in history. The capital of the Muslim world was Baghdad, where in 786 the House of Wisdom was established as an intellectual centre. Here scholars worked to translate ancient texts into Arabic gathered from the far reaches of the empire, from which mathematicians, engineers, astronomers, philosophers and many other developed new theories and invention of their own. Texts were further translated into Latin and other languages as knowledge grew and spread throughout the Empire.


In Spain the Muslim city of Cordoba became a major intellectual centre to rival that of Baghdad. Scholars and scientists brought their skills and learning to the shores of Medieval Europe, where their European counterparts had access to the huge libraries built by the caliphs. Early Renaissance scholars studied and built upon this great accumulation of knowledge to develop their own ideas and inventions. This book traces some of the steps along the pathways which led from the eastern empire and contributed so significantly to western learning.


26 pages printed on 250gsm Somerset Satin


Hard bound with screen printed book cover, silk spine


h 28cm x w 21cm




Hand-Bound Artist-Designer Books


All my books are based on subjects related in some way to science, presenting a visual narrative of historical and contemporary scientific subjects. with images collected and arranged from a wide variety of sources.

Some books are about specific scientists, for example William Herschel a scientist and musician, or the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. Others are concerned with a particular aspect of science, for example the Discovery of Electricity looks at the unusual way in which scientists explored the natural phenomena of electricity, Weaving Numbers follows the  development of the computer from the Jacquard loom’,  and the genius of Charles Babbage who recognised its potential for his calculating machine. Arabic Science East to West, a visual narrative of Arabic science in the 8th Century, takes the simplest overview of this complex subject.

Plant Hunters – Explorers & Adventurers, is a botanical adventure, based on a fascination for early explorers who introduced thousands of new plant species to Britain.

limited editions (maximum 10) digitally printed, stitched and hand-bound with screen-printed or digitally printed covers.

Plant Hunters – Explorers & Adventurers

Weaving Numbers

Arabic Science East to West 

William Herschel Astronomer and Musician

The Discovery of Electricity

 Srinivasa Ramanujan Mathematician

The Ten Most Abundant Elements in the Universe

Cards of Discovery


Beyond Our Planet Annual for Boys

Star Coordinates


Where Could I Live?

Helen Storey: Life on the Outskirts (Commission)

Books in collections of: British Library Contemporary Collection; The Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles, Goldsmiths, University of London; Kingston University, London; Stony Brook University, New York; Helen Storey Foundation; National Art Library, London, and Private collections in the US and the UK.


I have been designing and making books for over ten years, and have exhibited my work at the Small Publishers Book Fair, London; London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel; BABE Arnolfini, Bristol, Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, and in Halifax, Leeds and Manchester. I exhibited  a limited edition of Helen Storey: Life on the Outskirts commissioned by Kingston University, at Dorich House Museum, Kingston upon Thames,  and showed books in the exhibition Art and the Quantum Moment  at the Simons Centre for Geometry & Physics Stony Brook University, New York.