Horology and Science Books | 11 April 2013
D[erham] (W[illiam]) - The Artificial Clock-maker. A Treatise of Watch, and Clock-work:
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The Artificial Clock-maker. A Treatise of Watch, and Clock-work:
Wherein the Art of Calculating Numbers for most sorts of Movements is explained to the capacity of the Unlearned. Also the History of Clock-work both Ancient and Modern…, first edition , folding woodcut plate of musical notation and chimes, woodcut diagrams, Addenda leaf at end, occasional light browning but generally a clean copy, A2 slighlty frayed at fore-edge, folding plate slightly shaved at foot affecting direction to binder, contemporary sheep, a little worn and stained, rebacked preserving most of old spine (chipped at head), red morocco label, [Baillie p.123; Clockmakers' 255; Tardy p.74; Wing D1099], 8vo in 4s, for James Knapton, 1696.
⁂ Rare; the first comprehensive and scientific treatment of the art of horology , with far greater detail on clock and watch movement and construction than given by John Smith in his Horological Dialogues of 1675. Derham also produced the earliest, reasonably accurate estimate of the speed of sound. In his preface to the present work he admits to having had help 'In the History of the Modern Inventions' from Hooke and Tompion.
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