A Collection of Articles taken from Different Editions of Chamber's Journal. Details below in Notes

Catalogue no: 1289
Dewey No: Subject(s): Courtenay Ilbert Archive
Author(s): Various
Total pages: 24 Illustrations: 0 Language(s): English Publication date: 1856-67
Editor: Publisher: Chamber's Journal
Dimensions: 250mm x 179mm Condition: Fragile and yellowed with age
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A selection of 8 articles extracted from various editions of Chamber's Journal, details as follows: 1. From the 1856 Edition, 2+ pages "Tha Brobdignag Clock". A slightly "tongue-in-cheek" look at the Great Westminster Clock and Bell (Big Ben) at a time when the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster was still under construction and the clock mechanism was complete and on test in the Dent workshops. The unknown author equates the large size of both clock and clock tower to the fictional place of Brobdignag in Gullivers' Travels, "where, of course, everything is done upon a Brobdignagian scale." The clock mechanism is described and explained extremely well in a Dickensian style of writing. 2. From the 1856 Edition, 2+ pages "Half a Second". A whimsical ramble on the nature of time and time measurement and its relationship with human senses. 3. From the 1859 Edition, 2 pages "Something about Clocks". A brief account of the early period of clockmaking, 12th-16th century, followed by a a section devoted to the finding of longitude by chronometer. Ends with a plea to value the work of chronometer makers, "Let no one, then, presume to sneer at or undervalue the patient labours, the abstruse investigations of those great minds who have devoted their lives and energies to the advancement of science, and who have by their labours conferred incalculable benefits upon mankind;" 4. From the 1861 Edition, 1 page "Electric Clocks and Ship Chronometers". A chatty article describing a visit to the Liverpool Observatory where the author is shown around by the astronomer, Mr Hartnup. The electric synchronising apparatus of R.L.Jones of Chester is explained, being fitted to a Bain pendulum clock, and being able to regulate other similar clocks. The author speculates on the advantage of the more extensive use of this system in domestic environments. Ends with an intersting account of the chronometer testing facility of the Obsevatory. 5. From the 1864 Edition, 4 pages "Horology". A rambling account of the history of time measurement from the earliest times, most of the article covering time in the classical world. Medieval clocks and the invention of the pendulum discussed briefly and not always accurately (eg. John Harris of London first used the pendulum in clocks). Similarly inaccurate in the Harrison history, (John Harrison awarded #20,000 prize for his astronomical clocks). However, an interesting account of the proceedure surrounding the testing of chronometers at Greenwich. 6. From the 1867 Edition, 3+ pages "Greenwich Time". A full account of Greenwich Time with reference to true solar time, mean solar time and local time. The place of Greenwich Time in the management of railways and the part played by the observatories of Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow, also the Electric and International Telegraph Co. One page devoted to the method of synchronising pendulum clocks from a master regulator through galvanic current and the use of this current to fire the time-gun at Edinburgh. Also, information given on the performance of the Great Clock at Westminster. 7. From the Oct.1867 Edition. 4 pages "Our Chief Timr-Piece Losing Time". An article covering the relationship of the earth to the planets and the effects on timekeeping. A historical overview of the work of great astronomers in this field including Newtin and Herschel. 8. From the March 1867 Edition, 6 pages "Time-Measurers in Two Parts". Part One; A rambling account of timekeepers from Antiquity up to the time of Tompion, including many anecdotes and allusions to clocks in literature. Part Two; More of the same bringing the subject into the 19th century and with rather more in the way of anecdotes. Interestingly states that "the most exact watch is probably Mr Benson's Chronograph, used for timing the Derby", going on to describe an inking chronograph and the timing results of the 1866 Derby. Some brief accounts on the English w
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