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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. (Ref: K4389 - BX11)

Price: 4.00

Aked (J.R.A.): Sand-Glasses of the Historisches Uhren-Museum Wuppertal, Germany
O/P. 6 pages, 9 figs., signed by author, 1979. The museum has a small interesting collection of 9 items. A reprint from Antiquarian Horology. Very good copy, paper covers. (Ref: K3722 - BX11)

Price: 5.00

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

Attali (J.): Mmoire de Sabliers - Collections, mode d'emploi
O/P. 189 pages, illustrated, 1997. A detailed study of sandglasses and how they were used, with excellent colour illustrations of surviving glasses. The book also shows sandglasses depicted in paintings of the period in which they were made and used. A fine copy, with very good dust jacket. [French language] (Ref: K1959 - P3)

Price: 60.00

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 very good dust jacket. (Ref: K729 - H1)

Price: 30.00

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

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

[Billmeir]: A Catalogue of Scientific Instruments from the Collection of J. A. Billmeir Esq  & A Supplement to a Catalogue of Scientific Instruments in the Collection of J. A. Billmeir, Esq., C.B.E.

[Billmeir]: A Catalogue of Scientific Instruments from the Collection of J. A. Billmeir Esq & A Supplement to a Catalogue of Scientific Instruments in the Collection of J. A. Billmeir, Esq., C.B.E.
O/P. The catalogue: 41 pages, 16 plates, 1st edition,1954
The supplement: 95 pages + index, 21 plates, 1st edition, 1957.
The catalogue of a famous collection of 276 'mathematical' instruments which are now in the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. The collection includes some fine astrolabes and several superb instruments by Erasmus Habermel. Very good internally, the card covers with some foxing. (Ref: K3455 - H3)

Price: 70.00
Bion (M.): The Construction and Principal Uses of Mathematical Instruments

Bion (M.): The Construction and Principal Uses of Mathematical Instruments
O/P. 325 pages, 30 plates, 2nd edition, 1972. A large format facsimile reprint by Holland Press, of the English edition of Bion's famous work, translated and supplemented by Edmund Stone and originally published in 1758. An excellent book for researching slide rules, drawing instruments, surveying instruments, telescopes, microscopes, sun dials and more. An excellent quality reprint, nicely cloth bound, with gilt lettering to spine. A very good copy. (Ref: K4708 - Q3)

Price: 75.00

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.) & 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)

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: 14.00

Brown (J.): Mathematical Instrument Makers in the Grocers' Company 1688 - 1800
O/P. 103 pages, 25 plates, 4 figs., 1979. A useful reference book as many well known instrument makers were members of the grocers company including Elias Allen, George Adams, Edward Troughton and Edmund Culpepper. Good copy, card covers (now a little worn). (Ref: K4591 - F5)

Price: 20.00

Bryden (D.J.): James Short and his Telescopes
O/P. 34 pages, 8 plates, 1968. An account of the life of James Short (1710 - 1768), Europe's foremost maker of reflecting telescopes; with a description of the instruments brought together for the Bicentenary Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh. A good copy, bookplate on rear of title page, card covers. (Ref: K4636 - BX11)

Price: 15.00

Chew (V.K.): Physics for Princes - The George III Collection
O/P. 48 pages, illustrated, 1968. A Science Museum (London) illustrated booklet with a photograph and description of 20 fine scientific instruments which all belonged to George III. Good copy, card covers. (Ref: K4584 - BX7)

Price: 5.00

[Christie's]: The Collection of the Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild
O/P. 224 lots, all illustrated in colour. The sale of two important 19th century collections of musical instruments, arms & armour, manuscripts, coins & medals, Silver, ceramics, glass, sculpture, scientific instruments, clocks, furniture and textiles. The clocks included a fine longcase clock by Berthoud, the scientific instruments included a Jost Bürgi globe, several astrolabes and several items by Christoph Schissler of Augsburg. A very good copy, hardback [Sale @ King Street, London 08/07/1999] (Ref: K4731 - H5)

Price: 25.00

Clarke (T.N.), Morrison-Low (A.D.) & Simpson (A.D.C.): Brass & Glass, Scientific Instrument Making Workshops in Scotland
O/P. 320 pages, illustrated, 1989. An excellent book, the result of many years of detailed research and of great use to clock enthusiasts for its chapters on the chronometer makers Alexander Dobbie, Duncan McGregor, Kelvin White, and Whyte Thomson & Co. Barometer collectors will want this book for its information about Alexander Adie and his successors including English branches of the business. Sundial enthusiasts are not forgotten, there is a chapter on Richard Melville and his slate sundials. The book's illustrations are of instruments in the Museum's Arthur Frank Collection, and this copy of the book has a presentation inscription signed by Arthur Frank on the title page. Recommended reading. A very good copy. Soft covers. (Ref: K2093 - N2)

Price: 70.00

Clarke (T.N.), Morrison-Low (A.D.) & Simpson (A.D.C.): Brass & Glass, Scientific Instrument Making Workshops in Scotland
O/P. 320 pages, illustrated, 1989. An excellent book, the result of many years of detailed research and of great use to clock enthusiasts for its chapters on the chronometer makers Alexander Dobbie, Duncan McGregor, Kelvin White, and Whyte Thomson & Co. Barometer collectors will want this book for its information about Alexander Adie and his successors including English branches of the business. Sundial enthusiasts are not forgotten, there is a chapter on Richard Melville and his slate sundials. Recommended reading. A good copy, covers and edges worn. Soft covers. (Ref: K4707 - G6)

Price: 45.00

Cleempoel (K. van): Astrolabes at Greenwich - A Catalogue of the Astrolabes in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Cleempoel (K. van): Astrolabes at Greenwich - A Catalogue of the Astrolabes in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
O/P. 339 pages, 16 colour plates, about 200 b&w illustrations, 2005. A comprehensive catalogue of all the astrolabes in the collecton of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Greenwich has an excellent collection of astrolabes, this is a major reference work on the subject. A fine copy with fine dust jacket and fine original slipcase. (Ref: K1823 - E7)

Price: 95.00

Conservatoire National des Arts et et Mtiers: Catalogue Du Muse - section K - Poids et Mesures Mtrologie
O/P. 222 pages, 56 figs., 1941. A detailed catalogue of the weights, measures and measuring instruments in this famous Parisian museum. Good copy (paper covering to spine worn and a bit loose), card covers. [French language] (Ref: K3801 - M1)

Price: 9.00


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