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Turner (G. L'E): Catalogue of Microscopes
O/P. 133 pages, 133 illus., 1991. A detailed illustrated catalogue of all 133 microscopes, and microscope accessories, in the collection of Museo Di Storia Della Scienza, Florence. Very good copy, soft covers. (Ref: K4703 - E3)

Price: 40.00

Turner (G.L'E.): Collecting Microscopes
O/P. 120 pages, illustrated, 1981. This is a very useful and good introduction to a fascinating subject, covering British and European microscopes from the early 17th century to the late 19th century. A good copy with good dust jacket. (Ref: K416 - Z2)

Price: 25.00

Turner (G.L'E.): Elizabethan Instrument Makers

Turner (G.L'E.): Elizabethan Instrument Makers
NEW. 305 pages, well illustrated, 2000. The book covers the origins of the London trade in precision instrument making from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, and describes over 100 surviving Elizabethan instruments including those by Humfrey Cole and Elias Allen. Such instruments were crucial to the professions of navigation, surveying, fortification and gunnery and established London as the centre of precision instrument making for two centuries. With dust jacket. (Ref: N1305)
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Price: 95.00

Turner (G.L'E.): Gerard Mercator's Three Astrolabes
O/P. [19 pages], 8 figs, 2005. A scholarly paper describing three astrolabes and why they can be firmly attributed to the 16th century maker Gerard Mercator, one has Mercator's monogram on the rim. An off-print from Éndoxa. Very good copy, stapled, unbound. (Ref: K4432 - BX11)

Price: 12.00

Turner (G.L'E.): God Bless the Microscope! - A History of the Royal Microscopical Society over 150 Years
O/P. 116 pages, 48 figures, 1989. The inaugural meeting of the Society was in 1839 at Edward Quekett's house in London. The Society has continued to reflect and promote work at the scientific and the technical frontiers of microscopy ever since. A very good copy. (Ref: K4721 - A1)

Price: 30.00

Turner (G.L'E.): Nineteenth~Century Scientific Instruments

Turner (G.L'E.): Nineteenth~Century Scientific Instruments
O/P. 320 pages, 30 colour plates, many b&w illus., 1983. An excellent book describing and illustrating all kinds of scientific instruments. I have owned a copy for many years, consult it regularly, and recommend it highly. A fine copy with very good dust jacket. (Ref: K2312 - H5)

Price: 95.00

Turner (G.L'E.): Scientific Instruments and Experimental Philosophy 1550 - 1850
O/P. [329 pages], illustrated, signed by author, 1990. Variorum Collected Studies Series. A collection of 15 papers on scientific instruments and scientific instrument making written by Gerard Turner and originally published in learned journals and not easily accessible to non academics. The papers include information on the London instrument making trade in the 16th and 19th centuries, James Short telescopes, telescopes by Nairne & Blunt, auction sales of the Earl of Bute's instruments in 1793 and lots more. A very good copy, signed presentation inscription on half-title page. (Ref: K4604 - M1)

Price: 75.00

Turner (G.L'E.): Storia Delle Scienze - Gli Strumenti
O/P. 593 pages, illustrated, 1991. A major work describing and illustrating a wide range of scientific instruments from all periods. A very good copy with dust jacket (one tear) and slip case. [Italian language] (Ref: K3867 - C3)

Price: 40.00

Turner (G.L'E.): The Great Age of the Microscope - The Collection of the Royal Microscopical Society through 150 Years
O/P. 379 pages, 453 illustrations, 1989. An invaluable reference to the collection of the RMS, with rare and interesting items dating from 1770 onwards, with many Victorian prototypes and a good collection of microscopes by Powell & Lealand. A very good copy with good dust jacket. (Ref: K2486 - L2)

Price: 90.00

Turner (G.L'E.): The Practice of Science in the Nineteenth Century: Teaching and Research Apparatus in the Teyler Museum
O/P. 360 pages, illus., 1996. A catalogue, with 454 entries and illustrations, for the 19th century scientific instruments at Teyler's museum, Haarlem, Holland. This is an important collection especially for optics, acoustics and electricity. A very good copy, the dust jacket good but with small tear to top of (faded) spine. (Ref: K3237 - W1)

Price: 65.00

Turner (G.L'E.): Van Marum's Scientific Instruments in Teyler's Museum - Descriptive Catalogue
O/P. Volume 1: Mechanics/Mechanical Models 56 pages, 80 items described and illustrated.
Volume 2: Magnetism/Electricity 6 pages, 72 items described and illustrated.
Volume 3: Astronomical Models/Optics 44 pages, 55 items described and illustrated.
Volume 4: Hydrostatics/Hydraulics/Pneumatics 40 pages, 85 items described and illustrated.
Volume 5: Chemical Apparatus/Heat/Miscellaneous 40 pages, 58 items described and illustrated.
An offprint, published in about 1973, from a much larger work (the Life and Work of Martinus Van Marum). This is an important reference as many of the 350 instruments in the collection have been dated by reference to inventories and other Teyler Museum records. A complete set of these catalogues, all in good condition, card covers. (Ref: K4595 - V1)

Price: 65.00

Turner (G.L'E.) & Bryden (D.J.): A Classified Bibliography on the History of Scientific Instruments
O/P. 122 pages, 1997. A good bibliography, the titles listed under 60 main subject headings (Astrolabe, Astronomical Models, .... X-Rays), of great use to researchers. Now hard to find. A clean copy, the card covers a little bumped and faded. (Ref: K2487 - H3)

Price: 35.00

Wallis (R.V.) & Wallis (P.J.): Biobibliograpy of British Mathematics and its Applications Part II 1701 - 1760
O/P. 502 pages, figs., 1986. A useful bibliography as it includes the works of scientific instrument making authors such as George Adams, Henry Gregory, Thomas Wright and Francis Hauksbee as well as clockmakers such as William Dutton and George Graham. Very good copy, front cover a little marked. (Ref: K4235 - F7)

Price: 45.00

Waters (D.W.): The Art of Navigation in England in Elizabethan and Early Stuart Times
O/P. 696 pages, 43 figs., 87 plates, 1958. A well respected work on navigation charting the advances in navigational skills which led to the maritime supremacy of the English and enabled colonial expansion in America and beyond. The author explains how seamen like Hawkins, Drake, Hudson and Baffin were navigationally equipped to undertake their momentous voyages. A very good copy with fair dust jacket. (Ref: K4602 - TC10)

Price: 50.00

[W. Watson & Sons Ltd]: A Catalogue of Binoculars & Telescopes (41st edition)
O/P. 32 pages, illustrated, 1927. A catalogue with specifications and prices for binoculars, opera glasses and telescopes (portable and tripod mounted). A very good copy (photograph cut from one page), card covers. (Ref: K2753 - BX12)

Price: 40.00

[W. Watson & Sons Ltd]: A Catalogue of Binoculars & Telescopes (43rd edition)
O/P. 32 pages, illustrated, no date (circa 1929?). A catalogue with specifications and prices for binoculars, opera glasses and telescopes (portable and tripod mounted). A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K2754 - BX12)

Price: 45.00

Wheatland (D.P.): The Apparatus of Science at Harvard 1765 - 1800
O/P. 204 pages, illustrated, 1968. Harvard College purchased new instruments from the leading London makers to re-equip their 'Chamber of Natural Philosophy', following a catastrophic fire in 1764. A useful reference book. A good copy, covers a little discoloured. (Ref: K3859 - A3)

Price: 20.00

Willach (R.): The Development of the Reflecting Telescope in the 18th Century from John Hadley to James Short
O/P. Pages 255 - 288, illustrated, signed by author, 2007. A very detailed paper, an off-print from a technical journal, assessing the improvements in telescope mirror composition, casting and polishing in the early 18th century, based on analysis and testing of extant mirrors by known makers. Very good copy, stapled card covers. (Ref: K4655 - BX11)

Price: 20.00

Winkler (W.) editor: A Spectacle of Spectacles
O/P. 178 pages, illustrated, 1988. The Carl Zeiss museum in Jena has one of the world's major collections of eyeglasses. This book has a brief history of the Carl Zeiss Foundation, and a brief history of spectacles over 700 years, followed by a well illustrated catalogue of the 108 eyeglasses and 77 graphic works at the "A Spectacle of Spectacles" exhibition in Edinburgh in 1988. A fine copy with fine dust jacket in original card slipcase. (Ref: K4488 - G6)

Price: 15.00

Wunderlich (H.): Kurschsische Feldmekunst, artilleristische Richtverfahren und Ballistik im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert
O/P. 218 pages, 73 illus., 1977. Contributions to the history of practical mathematics, physics, artillery and ballistics in the Renaissance period on the basis of instruments, maps, manuals and pamphlets in the Mathematical-Physical Salon, Dresden. A very good copy with poor dust jacket. [German language] (Ref: K4687 - TC8)

Price: 18.00


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