Manuscript Handbook of Firework Design (1785)

Artificial Fireworks, by John Maskall; 1785; (no publisher information).

Beautiful hand-written and illustrated treatise on firework design and manufacture, including ‘blue-prints’ for the devices and explosive recipes.

For more early modern pyrotechnic fun check out Simon Werrett’s excellent essay for us, “Picturing Pyrotechnics“, in which he explores how (and why) fireworks displays have been represented in art through the ages.