Jacqueline Thomas Books



The Discovery of Electricity info


This book is a visual description of some of the extraordinary discoveries, entertaining demonstrations and serious experiments carried out by scientists in their pursuit of knowledge about the natural phenomenon of electricity and the harnessing of electric power.


The English scientist Francis Hawksbee invented the first practical electrostatic generator around 1705, but it was nearly two hundred years before the Alternating Current electricity supply system was used to illuminate the ‘City of Light’ with thousands of incandescent lamps at the Chicago World Fair in 1893. Scientists from England, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark and the United States all contributed to the development of this essential element of modern life.


32 pages printed on 250 gsm Somerset Satin


hard bound with screen printed cover

soft bound with printed 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; I have just completed Nature under Siege, highlighting a few of the rare and beautiful plants and trees threatened by the effects of climate change and Man’s exploitation of the natural world. Plant Hunters – Explorers and Adventurers completed in 2019, was inspired by early explorers who travelled the world in search of new plant species.

all books are made in limited editions (maximum 10) digitally printed, stitched and hand-bound with screen-printed or digitally printed covers.

Nature under Siege

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