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THE ARTIFICIAL CLOCK-MAKER. A TREATISE OF WATCH AND CLOCK-WORK, shewing to the meanest Capacities, The Art of Calculating Numbers to all Sorts of Movements; The Way to alter Clock-work; to make Chimes, and set them to Musical Notes; and to Calculate
London, James, John and Paul Knapton, 1759.. and Correct the Motion of Pendulums. Also Numbers for divers Movements: with the Antient and Modern History of Clock-work; And many Instruments, Tables, and other Matters, never before published in any other Book. FIFTH EDITION CORRECTED 1759 (but states "Fourth edition" on title page), small 8vo, 170 x 105 mm, 6½ x 4¼ inches, 3 folding plates, 1 text illustration of musical notation, 8 pages of tables, pages: xvi, 1-160, full antique leather, gilt ruled border to covers, raised bands to spine, recent gilt lettered label. Binding rubbed and worn, leather slightly chipped at head of spine, small area of damage to leather on both covers next to head of spine with amateur repair, hinges cracked but holding firmly, inner paper hinges cracked, endpapers browned at edges, old ink name on both pastedowns, rear pastedown also has the date of 1767, page edges lightly browned, pale ink note to margin on page 86, some thumbing to lower inner corners, folding plate at rear has 1 fold neatly repaired on blank side. A good copy of the 5th edition of an early work on clocks and watches, first published in 1696. See: John Bromley, The Clockmaker's Library page 16, No. 261 (3 folding plates and 2 folding tables, our copy has no folding tables, and all the copies listed in UK libraries have the same collation as ours, so it seems the bibliographer made a mistake. William Derham (1657-1735) was an Essex Clergyman and Canon of Windsor. "The term 'artificial', as used here, refers to clocks made by human skill as opposed to sundials or time-tellers dependent on the heavens. The work is one of the first attempts to give practical help to a working clockmaker and also to record a history of horology. There were five editions, some of which were translated into French or German" (Bromley). MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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