Courtenay Ilbert Archive

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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Description of a new-invented Thirty hour Sand Chronometer, shewing distinctly the Hour and Minute, without stopping even while it is turned.

Catalogue no: 1462
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Unknown
Total pages: 4 Illustrations: 8 Language(s): English Publication date: Nov. 1758
Editor: Publisher: The Gentleman's Magazine
Dimensions: 215mm x 135mm Condition: Good
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Pages extracted from the November, 1758 issue of The Gentleman's Magazine and bound between marbled paper covers.

The article describes in detail an unusual sandglass, made of iron and wood,incorporating dials and gearing. Illustrated on a fold-out page (250mm x 210mm) with 8 engravings showing the mechanism.

Described as a chronometer and "...every way moveable to conform to the agitations of a ship", suggesting that this was one of the eccentric inventions intended to solve the longitude puzzle.

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Calendrier Gregorien

Catalogue no: 1461
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Unknown
Total pages: 4 Illustrations: 0 Language(s): French Publication date: c.1900
Editor: Publisher: Unknown
Dimensions: 270mm x 180mm Condition: Very fragile, some tears and dog-eared
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Calendrier Gregorien Complet embrassant la periode de 1582-2093.

Includes 3 tables;

Tableau 1. (Nomenclature)

Tableau 11. (Calendrier Perpetuel)

Tableau 111. (Fetes Mobile)

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Un Aventurier Viennois A Paris

Catalogue no: 1460
Dewey No: 681.115 Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Charles Albert Mayrhofer
Total pages: 32 Illustrations: 0 Language(s): French Publication date: 1880
Editor: Edite Par L'Auteur Publisher: Privately published
Dimensions: 220mm x 150mm Condition: Reasonable, front cover missing, pages yellowing
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The author describes himself as:  "Ingenieur-electricien, inventeur des horloges pneumatique, fondateur du telegraphe local a Vienne, constructeur de l'appareil pneumatique pour votes a l'usage des assemblees parlementaires etc."

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La Montre Carree de Marie Touchet

Catalogue no: 1459
Dewey No: 681.1141 TOU Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Modeste Anquetin
Total pages: 4 Illustrations: 3 Language(s): French Publication date: 1890
Editor: Publisher: Besancon
Dimensions: 240mm x 160mm Condition: Very fragile, pages yellowed, torn, dog-eared and loose
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Pamphlet concerning the square watch of Marie Touchet (1549-1638).

Note by Ilbert within as follows:

"See Baillies' Watches.  This watch illustrated Fig. 1, Plate XXVI.  Loan in Louvre.  Pamphlet consists mostly of biography of Marie Touchet but I fail to see what watch has to do with her.  Anyway it is much after her time."

Pamphlet stamped with "Fabrique D'Horlogerie Georges ANQUETIN, Paris"

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Le Centenaire d'Abram-Louis Breguet. Le Moine Dormeur de la Part-Dieu

Catalogue no: 1458
Dewey No: 681.11092 BRE Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Alfred Chapuis
Total pages: 57 Illustrations: 6 Language(s): French Publication date: 1923
Editor: Publisher: Nouvelles Etrennes Neuchateloises
Dimensions: 210mm x 140mm Condition: Reasonable, cover gog-eared and small tear
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Two articles written by Chapuis in the 1923 edition of this publication.

Le Centenaire d'Abram-Louis Breguet is a brief biography (pp.95-135) of Breguet and includes a portrait of him and photographs of "Le Chf-D'Oeuvre de Breguet, La montre perpetuelle dite de Marie-Antoinette."

Le Moine Dormeur de la Part-Dieu is a slightly whimsical paper on the horological work of the monk, Don Joseph Herman.  Portrait of Herman included plus two illustrations of his clocks, one with automatum, the other with astronomical dials.

 

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George Graham. Horloger et Astronome

Catalogue no: 1457
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): H. Alan Lloyd
Total pages: 17 Illustrations: 17 Language(s): French Publication date: 1951
Editor: Publisher: Unknown
Dimensions: 240mm x 160mm Condition: Reasonable, pages yellowing
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French translation of an article originally published in the November issue of the Horological Journal.

Illustrations include clocks, watches and scientific instruments made by Graham.

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Christophe Morliere, Horloger Emailleur Orleanais Au XVII Siecle

Catalogue no: 1456
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): M. Dupree
Total pages: 3 Illustrations: 0 Language(s): French Publication date: 1868
Editor: Publisher: Societe Archeologique De L'Orleanais
Dimensions: 240mm x 160mm Condition: Good
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A short paper on the watch case enameller, Christophe Morliere, born in Orleans but established in Blois.

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Inscription des pressions barometriques sur les Bulletins de marche des Chronometres etudies dans les Observatoires

Catalogue no: 1455
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Paul Ditisheim
Total pages: 9 Illustrations: 2 Language(s): French Publication date: 1937
Editor: Publisher: Unknown
Dimensions: 245mm x 150mm Condition: Good
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Pages 269-278, extracted from un unknown publication and stapled between paper covers.  Inscribed on first page;

"C.A.Ilbert Esq. from Paul Ditisheim. Very cordially"

The paper briefly covers the historic attempts to counter the effect of barometric pressure changes on the rates of chronometers and the present day (1937) trials and equipment.

Illustration of the testing equipment used in the Neuchatel Observatory; "Appareillage pour l'observation des Chronometres sous diverses densites atmospheriques et dans le gaz hydrogene".

 

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L'Horlogerie Au Val-De-Travers De Ses Origines A Nos Jours (2me partie)

Catalogue no: 1454
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Gaston Rub
Total pages: 282 Illustrations: Multiple Language(s): French Publication date: 1937
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Dimensions: 250mm x 180mm Condition: Reasonable, some pages uncut
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No. 6 of "Collection 'Mon Vallon' Revue Du Val-De-Travers".  Premiere Serie, Le Val-De-Travers Industriel.

The text is divided into the following sections;

La Fabrication des ebauches a Fleurier

Les fabriques d'horlogerie du Val-de-Travers. Fleurier Watch Co. S.A., A Fleurier

La Fabrique Des Montres "Ivy" et "Olma", Numa Jeannin, A Fleurier

Bovet Freres & Co. S.A., A Fleurier

D'Autres Maisons De Fleurier

Buttes Watch Co. S.A., A Buttes

Jeanneret-Lebet & Co., A Buttes

Piaget & Co., A La Cote-Aux-Fees

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