Jacqueline Thomas Books



William Herschel Astronomer and Musician info

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Sir Frederick William Herschel (1738-1822) was a German-born musician and astronomer who spent the greater part of his life in England. First employed as a musician, he was known for being particularly fond of his collection of lace ruffles which he wore when conducting concerts.


He developed a passion for astronomy, and became the most eminent British astronomer of the 18-century, concentrating on the construction of reflectors large enough to view the most distant objects in the universe. In 1781 he discovered the planet Uranus, and in 1789 built his famous 40-foot telescope in the grounds of his house in Slough. This book puts together images of some of Herschel’s own drawings, his discoveries, and details of celestial maps that make reference to him, together with historic examples of delicate lacework to complement the scientific imagery.


32 pages printed on 250 gsm Somerset Satin


hard bound with screen printed book cloth cover


h 26 cm x w 22 cm






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.