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The Divided Circle: A History of Instruments for Astronomy Navigation and Surveying

Bennett, J.A.

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ISBN 10: 0714880388 / ISBN 13: 9780714880389
Published by Phaidon / Christie's Limited, Oxford, England, 1987
Condition: VG+(like new) Hardcover
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Black cloth over boards; gilt on spine; color illustrated dj; 224 pp; 246 bw illustrations, 16 color illustrations. Beginning with the first section of this book dedicated to the, "Foundations of Astronomy," this catalogue continues with the first systematic study of an important class of instruments that should become the standard reference work for historians, scientists, dealers, and collectors alike. Bookseller Inventory # 115692

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Title: The Divided Circle: A History of Instruments...

Publisher: Phaidon / Christie's Limited, Oxford, England

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: VG+(like new)

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Book by Bennett, J. A.

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This handsomely illustrated volume traces the history of mathematical instruments designed for measuring angles between objects such as quadrants, sundials, and marine compasses. The work covers astronomy, navigation, surveying, and the instrument-making trade in three periods: ancient and early modern, 18th century, and 19th century; it also has a short chapter on the 20th century. Bennett (Cambridge) places the historical development of the instruments in a scientific and economic context, including major developers and makers. He treats the workings of the instruments and their aesthetic qualities. An extensive bibliography and indexes of makers, technical terms, and a general index add to the reference value. The most comprehensive treatment of the subject available. For collectors and specialized collections in the history of science. Kendra Peterson St. Aubin, Sippican Inc. Lib., Marion, Mass.
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