18th century book with a UFO on its cover

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This Latin book on Mathematics was published in 1716 and appears to show a mysterious flying object emerging from the clouds. Could it be a UFO?

Titled ‘Liber De Coloribus Coeli, Accedit Oratio Inauguralis De Deo Mathematicorum Principe’, written by Johann Caspar Funck, published 1716. Recently, the book got republished on Google Books.

It was the Blogger Reid Moore who spun the theory that the cover image is that of a UFO. In a blog on culture website niume, Moore wrote: “The illustration depicting what is generally considered to be a ‘classic’ UFO shape bears more scholarly investigation. But it does support the theory that UFOs have been witnessed and chronicled throughout history. What is unusual in this case is the similarity to the ‘modern’ consensus of what unidentified flying objects look like.”

He explained that the “aerodynamically rounded shape” of the saucer, as well as the dramatic effect of the UFO emerging from storm clouds and going forward through “electrical phenomenon, most likely a magnetic propulsion system” are all indicative of something closer to modern sightings.

He added that strange flying machines have been exhibited in art for centuries (as you can see here). However, what makes this image stand out is the ‘classic’ UFO shape, considering the 300 year old date.”

What do you think? Tell us in the comments bellow!

One thought on “18th century book with a UFO on its cover

  • March 14, 2017 at 1:26 pm
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    The text is relevant to describe what one is seeing in this illustration. Psalm 84 and translate the latin.
    For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    the Lord bestows favor and honor;
    no good thing does he withhold
    from those whose walk is blameless.
    Its therefore depicting the Lord shielding in a friendly way (non aggressive) the creatures below.

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