Illustrations from manufacturing books like Ge…

Illustrations from manufacturing books like Georg Agricola’s 1556 “De re metallica” serve as important evidence of what glass furnaces looked like in a time before photography. Do you see similarities between this glasshouse and glass studios today? Explore more historical images of glassmakers in “Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library,” on view through February 17.

Georgii Agricolae De re metallica (Georgius Agricola’s On the nature of metals), Georg Agricola (pseudonym for Georg Bauer, German, 1494–1555), Basel, Switzerland: probably Apvd Hieron Frobenivm et Nicolavm Episcopivm, 1556. CMGL 93693.