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Last updated 31 July 2017

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Alpern (A.) & O'Gorman (J.F.): Catalogue of the Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments
O/P. xxi + 133 pages, illustrated, 2010. An excellent, well illustrated catalogue of 129 sets of English, European and American drawing instruments made over the last 300 years. This will be a very useful reference book for those wishing to put a date to sets of instruments and to identify their makers. Very good copy with very good dust jacket. (Ref: K2428 - CR7)

Price: 45.00

[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

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

Armitage (A.): William Herschel
O/P. 158 pages, 24 plates, 1962. A brief biography of musician, telescope builder and astronomer William Herschel, followed by the scientific ideas and discoveries made by Herschel and recorded in his seventy scientific papers. Good copy with good dust jacket. (Ref: K3905 - A1)

Price: 8.00

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 dust jacket. (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: 34.99

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.): Agent for the Archduke - Another Chapter in the Story of Johann Philipp Treffler, Clockmaker of Augsburg
O/P. [24 pages], 2 figs., 1961. Treffler was employed by Archduke Ferdinand II as clock and instrument-maker. He departed Florence about 1664 and settled in Augsburg where he worked as a clockmaker and agent for the Medici princes until his death in 1698. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K3945 - BX18)

Price: 16.00

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.): A Decade of Accessions - Selected instruments acquired by the Whipple museum between 1980 and 1990
O/P. 64 pages, illustrated, 1992. A catalogue of 125 fine instruments and related items including sextants, telescopes, barometers, air pumps and transit instruments. A good copy (long scratch to front cover), card covers. (Ref: K4234 - CR6)

Price: 9.00

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

Bennett (J.A.): The Whipple Museum of the History of Science Catalogue 3 Astronomy & Navigation
O/P. 44 pages, illustrated, 1983. A useful description of the astronomy and navigation instruments at this well known Museum in Cambridge. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K3788 - H3)

Price: 14.00

Bennett (J.) & Johnston (S.): The Geometry of War 1500 - 1750
O/P. 85 pages, 107 figures, 1996. An interesting exhibition catalogue describing and illustrating instruments of use in gunnery, range finding & surveying, and fortification. A good copy, card covers (a little worn to edges). (Ref: K4226 - L3)

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

Bolle (B.): Barometers
O/P. 255 pages, 290 figs., English edition, 1982. A good general guide to mercury and aneroid barometers, barographs and sympiesometers. A good copy (light foxing to first few pages) with good dust jacket (faded to spine). (Ref: K1097 - H2)

Price: 14.00


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