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Figure 4

One colour photograph of Abbé Nollets Hero of Alexandrias pressure fountain from the late 1700s and one early engraved design of a similar pressure fountain

(Left) Abbé Nollet’s Hero of Alexandria’s pressure fountain. One of the instruments mentioned in the late eighteenth-century Collège des Godrans’ inventory. Number 117 is stamped on one of the pump’s wooden handles. (Right) Engraving from Nollet, Leçons de physique expérimentale, vol. 3, leçon X, plate 3, figs. 16–17, pp 231–34. Both images courtesy of the Stewart Museum, Montréal. 4b = Courtesy of the BLRCS – Université de Montréal