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


As a book designer and maker I put images together collected from many sources to create  pages of digital collage. These are stitched together and hand bound into covers which are screen or digitally printed to make the completed book.

My interests lie in the physical and natural sciences, both historical and contemporary. I am also fascinated by explorers and adventurers who have added to our knowledge of science and related subjects.

My more recent books are about botanical subjects; Plant Hunters was inspired by early explorers who travelled the world in search of new plant species. My current project, not yet complete, is about the trees and plants threatened by climate change and other factors.

all books are made in 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. Commissions include a limited edition of Helen Storey: Life on the Outskirts for Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Vietnam Carole Hodgson. The books Equations and Constants were recently shown as part of a joint exhibition The Art of Science: Selections from the Collection, at the Simons Centre for Geometry & Physics, Stony Brook University, New York. Closed December 2019. http://scgp.stonybrook.edu/archives/31524