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Aked (C.K.): A Perpetual Almanack
O/P. 10 pages, 3 figs., 1994. A perpetual almanack for the period 1703 - 1732, devised by John Carte, London and known from an engraved print. A related print by Samuel Watson is also described. A fine copy, an offprint from Antiquarian Horology, unbound. (2 copies, 0.1 kg) BX11
(Ref: K4389 - BX11)

Price: 4.00

Aked (C.K.): William Oughtred - An Early Horological Expositor
O/P. 10 pages, illustrated, 1981. A good biographical account of William Oughtred, little known today but famous in his own day as a mathematician, teacher and deviser of scientific instruments. Oughtred devised the universal equinoctial ring dial and one of his horological works was published as an appendix in John Smith's Horological Dialogues. A fine copy, an offprint from Antiquarian Horology, unbound. (Ref: K4388 - BX5)

Price: 4.00

[American Philosophical Society]: Symposium on Copernicus
O/P. [140 pages], figures, 1973. Four scholarly papers on Nicolaus Copernicus, his planetary theory, and heliocentrism published in the transactions of this learned society. A very good copy. Card covers.
(Ref: K2967 - S2)

Price: 18.00

Anderson (R.G.W.), Burnett (J.) & Gee (B.): Handlist of Scientific Instrument-Makers' Trade Catalogues 1600 - 1914
O/P. 100 pages, 1990. A useful bibliography of all the trade catalogues known to the authors, each entry includes the date of publication and the library or institute where the copy is located. These catalogues are good references for identifying and dating old instruments. Now hard to find. Good copy, card covers (3cm paper split to spine). (Ref: K2450 - CR11)

Price: 35.00

Andrewes (W.J.H.) (Editor): The Quest for Longitude

Andrewes (W.J.H.) (Editor): The Quest for Longitude
NEW. 437 pages, illustrated, 2nd edition, 1998. This is a valuable, learned volume, being a record of the contributions to the Longitude Symposium held at Harvard University in 1993. The symposium was held to commemorate John Harrison's birth 300 years before, and is the best contribution to understanding Harrison and time keeping at sea since Quill's book, John Harrison, the Man who found Longitude, was published in 1966. As well as information about marine timekeepers by Harrison, Earnshaw, Mudge and Arnold the book covers Harrison's wooden and brass regulators. With dust jacket. (Ref: N8)
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Price: 49.95
Archinard (M.): Collection de Saussure

Archinard (M.): Collection de Saussure
O/P. 32 pages, 18 plates, 1977. A catalogue of the scientific instruments (each one illustrated) at the Musèe d'art et d'histoire, Geneva which belonged to Horace-Bénédict de Saussure an 18th century Swiss scientist. Good copy, card covers. [French language] (Ref: K2448 - B2)

Price: 14.00
Baddeley (J.): Nautical Antiques and Collectables

Baddeley (J.): Nautical Antiques and Collectables
NEW. 160 pages, illustrated, 1993. A good introduction to ship models, navigation instruments, ship fixtures and fittings, marine arts and crafts, ship portraits and ocean liner artefacts. The book also has chapters on caring for marine collectables and a guide to maritime collections open to the public. With dust jacket. (Ref: N519)
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Price: 35.00
Baillie (G.H.), Lloyd (H.A.) & Ward (F.A.B.): The Planetarium of Giovanni De Dondi

Baillie (G.H.), Lloyd (H.A.) & Ward (F.A.B.): The Planetarium of Giovanni De Dondi
O/P. 156 pages, 180 figures, 1974. A translation of early manuscripts describing in detail the planetarium designed and constructed by De Dondi between 1348 and 1364. A very good copy with good dust jacket (wear to top edge). (Ref: K729 - H1)

Price: 30.00
Baker (G.L.) & Blackburn (J.A.): The Pendulum - A Case Study in Physics (paperback)

Baker (G.L.) & Blackburn (J.A.): The Pendulum - A Case Study in Physics
NEW. 288 pages, text figures, 2009. A unique and comprehensive book containing all the facts about pendulums from a scientific viewpoint but also with an historical and cultural context. The book analyses simple pendulums, compound pendulums, torsion pendulums and the Foucault pendulum to name a few. The use of the pendulum by Cavendish to determine the density of the earth in 1798 and the use of a torsion pendulum by Coulomb when studying electrostatics in 1784 are both documented. A detailed technical study, which includes a chapter on 'The Pendulum Clock', but also has chapters on 'The Chaotic Pendulum' and the 'Quantum Pendulum' which will blow the mind! The paperback edition. (Ref: N3182)

Price: 36.99

Barber (L.): The Heyday of Natural History 1820 - 1870
O/P. 320 pages, 31 colour plates plus b&w illus., 1980. This book explores the reasons why Victorian society had a passion for natural history, and explains the religious and intellectual shock waves caused by publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species. A good copy with poor dust jacket. (Ref: K2451 - Z3)

Price: 9.00

Bedini (S.A.): On Making Telescope Tubes in the 17th Century
O/P. [8 pages], 3 figs., 1962. An offprint from an Italian journal, the paper is a translation and discussion of an anonymous Italian manuscript about the manufacture of octagonal telescope tubes. The manuscript is attributed to the Italian telescope maker Giuseppe Campani. A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K3894 - BX4)

Price: 15.00

Bennett (J.A.): The Divided Circle - A History of Instruments for Astronomy Navigation and Surveying

Bennett (J.A.): The Divided Circle - A History of Instruments for Astronomy Navigation and Surveying
O/P. 224 pages, 258 illustrations, 1987. Although published 25 years ago this is still the best book on the subject and essential reading for all enthusiasts and collectors. As well as the history, it is a practical guide to the identification, dating and understanding of some of the finest scientific instruments ever made. Fine copy with fine dust jacket. (Ref: K32 - A2)
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Price: 95.00

Bertele (H. von): Globes and Spheres
O/P. 64 pages, 47 illus., 1961. An interesting work on Renaissance clockwork-driven globes and spheres. Very good copy, card covers. [English language text, picture captions in English, French & German] (Ref: K4002 - M2)

Price: 25.00

Bettex (A.): The Discovery of Nature
O/P. 380 pages, 41 colour and 482 b&w illustrations, 1965. The story of the exploration of the physical universe revealing the secrets of nature and the development of the sciences of chemistry, physics, botany, zoology, human physiology and astronomy. A good copy with worn dust jacket. (Ref: K2455 - G7)

Price: 9.00

Bholanath (L.): A Handbook of Maharajah Jaisingh's Astronomical Observatory, Dehli
O/P. 16 pages, 4 plates, no date. A concise handbook explaining Jai Singh's famous observatory. Card covers. (Ref: K2149 - BX4)

Price: 3.00

Biegel (G.), Oestmann (G.) & Reich (K.): Neue Welten: Wilhelm Olbers und die Naturwissenschaften um 1800
O/P. 272 pages, illustrated, 2001. 14 papers about the German astronomer Wilhelm Olbers and the sciences in 1800. Olbers discovered a comet and several asteroids. A good copy with presentation inscription signed by one of the authors. [German language] (Ref: K2080 - A3)

Price: 19.00

Bird (A.): An Account of the Water-Barometer Constructed and Erected by Alfred Bird Esq.
O/P. 7 pages, 1 fig., 1 plate, 1865. A paper on the water barometer contained within an issue of the London, Edinburgh and Dublin Philosophical Magazine. Paper covers now worn and detached. (Ref: K3266 - BX16)

Price: 8.00

Bracegirdle (B.): Beads of Glass: Leeuwenhoek and the Early Microscope
O/P. 76 pages, illustrated, 1983. An important catalogue, with introductory essays, of an exhibition held in Leiden and London in 1982 & 1983. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K4497 - CR11)

Price: 15.00

Bracegirdle (B.) & McCormick (J.B.): The Microscopic Photographs of J. B. Dancer

Bracegirdle (B.) & McCormick (J.B.): The Microscopic Photographs of J. B. Dancer
O/P. 280 pages, illustrated 1993. John Benjamin Dancer, of Liverpool and Manchester, was a maker of scientific instruments and a photographic pioneer. Dancer is also famous for his microscopic photographs ('microphotographs') which were very popular in Victorian times and are avidly collected by microscope enthusiasts today. This book is a comprehensive guide to the subject and illustrates most of the 512 microphotographs made by Dancer and his successor Richard Suter. A fine copy in very good cloth covered slipcase. (Ref: K4489 - N3)
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Price: 30.00

Brachner (A.): G.F. Brander 1713 - 1783 Wissenschaftliche Instrumente aus seiner Werkstatt
O/P. 395 pages, illustrated, 1983. George Friedrich Brander was an eminent Augsburg instrument maker, he supplied instruments to the courts of St. Petersburg, Paris and Vienna. This is the catalogue of a museum exhibition of scientific instruments from Brander's workshop. A good copy with good dust jacket. [German language] (Ref: K3863 - A3)

Price: 20.00


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