Sundials

Dent on The Dipleidoscope; or, Double-Reflecting Meridian and Altitude Instrument

Catalogue no: 1466
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): E.J.Dent
Total pages: 24 Illustrations: 8 Language(s): English Publication date: 1853
Editor: Publisher: The Author
Dimensions: 215mm x 140mm Condition: Generally good, cover a bit fragile
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Later edition and virtually identical to Cat. No. 1465.

A few additional paragraphs added to the 1843 version plus an extended table of "Mean Time of the Sun's Semidiameter Passing the Meridian".

Includes Equation of Time Table for 1854.

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Dent on The Dipleidoscope; or, Double-Reflecting Meridian and Altitude Instrument

Catalogue no: 1465
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): E.J.Dent
Total pages: 24 Illustrations: 8 Language(s): English Publication date: 1843
Editor: Publisher: The Author
Dimensions: 215mm x 140mm Condition: Generally good, cover stained with some tears
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A pamphlet describing the principles, origins, installation and instructions on the use of the Dipleidoscope as invented and patented by J.M.Bloxham and manufactured by E.J.Dent.

Final pages consist of two charts; the first, "Dent's Approximate Table of Longitudes in Time," the second, "Dent's Table for the Equation of Time, 1843," the third, "Mean Time of the Sun's Semi-Diameter Passing the Meridian."

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A brief Account of the Pyramidical-Dial, set up in his Majesty's Privy-Garden, at White-hall, July 24, 1669.

Catalogue no: 1463
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Mathematical
Total pages: 5 Illustrations: 1 Language(s): English Publication date: July, 1758
Editor: Publisher: Unknown
Dimensions: 210mm x 140mm Condition: Good, small damage to engraving
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A description, with pull out engraving, of a large sundial of great complexity, "...one of the most august Things of its Kind that ever was attempted, and contains no less than 73 different Sorts of Dials, ...".

This sundial had long been taken down by the time this was written and the account of it was taken from a book by a Jesuit, Fr. Hall.

Illustrated in a fold-out engraving (290mm x 200mm), "The Grand Pyramidical & Multiform Dial; Set up in the Privy Garden at White Hall. July 24, 1669."

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Catalogue of Astronomical Instruments, Portrait Miniatures, Objects of Vertu, Etc.

Catalogue no: 1333
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
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Total pages: 9 Illustrations: 0 Language(s): English Publication date: Mar. 17th, 1938
Editor: Publisher: Sotheby & Co.
Dimensions: 245mm x 150mm Condition: Good
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Sale largely comprises collections of sundials, astrolabes and other scientific instruments. Lots 1-38, the Property of Monsieur Henri Michel, 54 Rue de Fenbosch, Brussels. These include several sundials, both permanenet and portable, by well known makers including the following; D.Beringer; Reinman, Nurnberg; B.Battini; Charles Bloud, Dieppe; Johann Willebrand, in Augsburg; Josep Toaldus; Butterfield; Barradelle, Paris; C.Langlois, Paris; Nic. Bion, Paris; Chapotot, Paris; Norry.
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Catalogue of Oriental Ivories and Works of Art, Miniatures, Watches and Objects of Virtu

Catalogue no: 1319
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Unknown
Total pages: 22 Illustrations: 0 Language(s): English Publication date: 19th Nov., 1936
Editor: Publisher: Sotheby & Co.
Dimensions: 250mm x 155mm Condition: Good, a tear down spine
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Sale that includes a number of watches and pocket sundials Among the pocket sundials in the sale, there are examples by the following makers; Leonhart Miller (Ivory, 1638, sold to Magg for
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Old Time Keepers; How Our Forefathers Told the Time

Catalogue no: 1305
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): The Rev. P.H.Ditchfield
Total pages: 2 Illustrations: 4 Language(s): English Publication date: 1923-4
Editor: Publisher: The Church Monthly
Dimensions: 240mm x 170mm Condition: Fragile and yellowing
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A slightly "churchy" article on different forms of non mechanical timekeepers of the past. Illustrations as follows; 1. Kirkdale Church Sundial 2. A Ring, or Pocket Sundial 3. The Clepsydra (described as by Parson, Norwich, MDCX, but almost certainly a 20th century reproduction). 4. Hour-Glass
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Stained Glass Sundials

Catalogue no: 1266
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): John A. Knowles F.S.A.
Total pages: 4 Illustrations: 10 Language(s): English Publication date: Unknown
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 280mm x 220mm Condition: Good
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A history of a rather esoteric subject together with a brief biography of the stained glass painter, Henry Gyles (1645-1709) of York. Some comments on the reason for painting flies and other insects onto painted glass. Illustrations as follows: 1. Advertisement of Henry Gyles. Mezzotint by Francis Place 2. Sundial dated 1664, Widdington Church, Essex. From a drawing by F. Sydney Eden in the V & A. 3. Sundial with Fly, by John Oliver (1616-1701) 4. Sundial with Fly. A.L.Radford Collection
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Early Nautical Instruments

Catalogue no: 1262
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Cecil King
Total pages: 6 Illustrations: 12 Language(s): English Publication date: Aug., 1938
Editor: Publisher: The Connoisseur
Dimensions: 300mm x 230mm Condition: Good
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An article on some of the scientific collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. As the author explains, "We are here concerned more particularly with the navigational instruments; these combine, in many cases, a scientific purpose with a just claim to be regarded as gems of the goldsmith's or metalworker's art." The text details the history and development of different marine instruments including the astrolabe, compass, sundial, sandglass, globes and (briefly) Harrison's chronometers and R.T.Goulds' restorations. Photographs included as follows:
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