image MS_776_476
Image number: RS.17398
Credit: ©The Royal Society

A new kind of candlestick

Date

2 September 1663

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p476

Material

Dimensions

height (page): 320mm
width (page): 200mm

Subject

Physics
   > Mechanics

Description

A figure of a candlestick in a letter by Christian Huygens to Robert Moray dated 2 September 1663 [N.S], in which he describes his father, Constantijn's description of a candlestick that burns a candle more brightly than two torches together, consumes less wax, emits little smoke and needs no snuffers. The paper was read to the Royal Society on 13 August 1663.

This is a copy of the English translation in the Register Book (RBO/21/295-96 or RBO/2ii/198). The original letter in French is at EL/H1/21/001-02. There is another copy at MS/215/111-12.

This volume is another copy of entries of the first two volumes of the Register Book. It was given to Sir Joseph Banks by G. S. Heales Esquire of Doctor's Common on 31 May 1814.

Object history

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 13 August 1663, ‘Mons. Huygens presented a paper from his father Mons. Zuylichem, containing a description of a kind of candlestick, by means of which, the candle upon it gives more light than two torches together, consumes less wax, frees from the inconvenience of smoking in the narrowest room, and needs no snuffers. The paper was ordered to be translated from the French, and registered’ (Birch 1:300).

Related Fellows

Christian Huygens (1629-2006, Dutch), Natural philosopher
Robert Moray (1608-1673, British), Natural philosopher

Associated place

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