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A Description, with plates, of the Time-Keeper invented by the late Thomas Mudge. To which is prefixed a narrative, by Thomas Mudge, his son, on measures taken to give effect to the invention since the reward bestowed upon it by the House of Commons in the year 1793; a republication of a tract by the late Mr. Mudge on the improvement of time-keepers; a series of letters
FIRST EDITION. A technical narrative of the construction of some of the earliest marine chronometers."This important bookis a full, though edited, account of the manufacture and trials of his father's three timekeepers and of his own attempt at setting up a manufactory to produce them commercially in the 1790s For all those clockmakers who attempted a solution to the longitude problem, the requirements of the [Longitude] Act demanded a mechanical genius combined with the highest skills of eye and hand. In this respect, Mudge truly did excel" (David Penney in The quest for longitude, edited by W.J.H. Andrewes).Mudge was the first to follow Harrison in designing marine timekeepers. He was also the inventor of the lever escapement (illustrated in plate 9), used in every watch that is made today.Baillie, Clocks and watches, 1799. Bromley, The Clockmakers' library, 600.4to, pp. (xii), cli, 176, stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait and 9 extremely detailed engraved plates of clockwork by Paas & Co. from drawings by Robert Pennington. Fine modern half calf antique, flat spine gilt and with red morocco label.
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