Catalogue of the Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments

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Crafted in silver, ivory, steel, and brass, the instrument sets catalogued here range from small silver-mounted tortoiseshell pocket etuis to multitiered mahogany cases housing every professional aid imaginable. Computers have supplanted their manufacture and use, yet these exquisite traditional instruments are still fully functional.

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Modern day architects and engineers accustomed to the computer mouse will gain new perspective when exposed to the Catalogue of the Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments. While the tools are eloquently described for architects, draftsmen, and engineers, the photographs almost speak louder than the text, with breath-taking color photographs that highlight the details of the exquisite metals and luxurious cases. Although modern technology has made possible some of today's most prized architecture, this catalogue allows us to thoroughly appreciate the past. --Zoe Namerow (08/04/2010)

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