The Marine Chronometer

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9780907462057: The Marine Chronometer

This long-awaited new edition of Gould's seminal text on the development of the marine chronometer not only faithfully reproduces the original, but also includes the author's own extensive notes, made in preparation for a second edition. These amendments, additions and sketches are carefully placed to clearly distinguish them from the original text. The volume also includes an insightful Foreword by Jonathan Betts, as well as a new gallery of 65 images, comprising portraits, up-to-date photographs and black and white images from Gould's collection. First published in 1923, 'The Marine Chronometer' comprehensively outlines the earliest attempts to measure longitude. The definitive work of reference on the subject, it includes exhaustive discussions and diagrams of the important mechanisms, as well as details of their inventors. The first machines capable of accurately determining a ship's longitude were invented by Yorkshire carpenter John Harrison (1693-1776). Astonishingly, the craftsman was self-educated and had never served a day's apprenticeship to a clockmaker. This tome outlines the remarkable story of Harrison's marine timekeepers, which eventually won him the £20,000 reward offered in 1714 by the British Government for any means of accurately determining a ship's longitude. Gould also looks, in detail, at the inventions of other important scientists and pioneers such as Huygens, Thacker, Sully and Leibnitz, as well as the work of professional watchmakers including Ditisheim, Ulrich, Earnshaw, Arnold, Berthoud, Mudge and Le Roy. His fluent style and expertise allow the reader to understand technical matters that, in the hands of another writer, might prove less than clear.

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'This is, though highly readable, an intensely technical work, certainly suitable for researchers or scholars. But do not be deterred: this book is an absolute joy.' --QP Magazine

'This is a book which contains so much of the history of horology and so much technical information that it should be on the shelf of every good horologist who takes his work seriously. It is also very good value for the price at which is offered to BHI members and I recommend it without reservation.' --Horological Journal

'The history itself, with the politics involved and passion for the craft, make for an enjoyable read regardless of prior knowledge' --International Tug and OSV

'This is a book which contains so much of the history of horology and so much technical information that it should be on the shelf of every good horologist who takes his work seriously. It is also very good value for the price at which is offered to BHI members and I recommend it without reservation.' --Horological Journal

'The history itself, with the politics involved and passion for the craft, make for an enjoyable read regardless of prior knowledge' --International Tug and OSV

About the Author:

Rupert Thomas Gould (1890-1948) was not a professional horologist, yet he researched and wrote 'The Marine Chronometer' in just four years, between the ages of 29 and 33. A true English eccentric and a veritable polymath, Gould made important contributions in an extraordinary range of subject areas, from early typewriters to the Loch Ness Monster, from antiquarian horology to the history and rules of the game of tennis. He was an early broadcaster on radio, giving weekly talks on the BBC's 'Children's Hour' throughout the 1930s; as a member of the 1940s discussion programme 'The Brains Trust' he amazed a national audience with his wide learning and photographic memory. Yet, his greatest achievements were horological: his restoration of the great Harrison timekeepers and his authorship of so many fine texts on the history of horology are his true legacy.

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Descrizione libro Antique Collectors' Club Ltd, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. The Marine Chronometer This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. Codice libro della libreria 7719-9780907462057

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Descrizione libro Antique Collectors' Club Ltd 26/04/1989, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Codice libro della libreria 6545-9780907462057

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Descrizione libro Antique Collectors' Club, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. 1st. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Codice libro della libreria 0907462057

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Descrizione libro Antique Collectors� Club, 1989)., (Woodbridge:, 1989. 8vo. xvi, 401 pp. Portrait frontis., illus., appendices, indices. Gilt-stamped bright blue cloth, dust jacket. Fine. ISBN: 0907462057. Codice libro della libreria BL3668

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Descrizione libro Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK, 1989. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. Photographs & Drawings (illustratore). 1989 Facsimile(?) Reprint of ca 1923 Classic definitive work on the subject. 5.9" x 8.7" 401 pp, index. Seems to be a slightly smaller reproduction of the original 287 pp opus but spread over the 401 pp. One corner with minor bump. Codice libro della libreria 004575

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