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Select Mechanical Exercises: Shewing How to Construct Different Clocks, Orreries, and Sun-Dials, on Plain and Easy Principles. with Several Miscell [Paperback]

James Ferguson

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May 27 2010
The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars.
Medical theory and practice of the 1700s developed rapidly, as is evidenced by the extensive collection, which includes descriptions of diseases, their conditions, and treatments. Books on science and technology, agriculture, military technology, natural philosophy, even cookbooks, are all contained here.
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<sourceLibrary>British Library

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<Notes>With a half-title.

<imprintFull>London : printed for W. Strahan: and T. Cadell, 1778. <collation>[12],xliii,[1],272p.,plates : port. ; 8°

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  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Gale Ecco, Print Editions (May 27 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1140735306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1140735304
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 24.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #702,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Not-So-Great Print Quality Nov. 15 2011
By R. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
James Ferguson was a self taught painter, philosopher, teacher, and astronomer in the 18th century. This work includes descriptions of several clocks, three orreries, a sun-dial, tables of calculations, and several miscellaneous articles on everything from inflation rates (in terms of horse prices) from 1100 to 1750 to how to divide a circle into equal parts. I bought this book looking for good instruction on how to build his famous mechanical paradox, and found a surprisingly clear description that was easy to read and understand. Even so his descriptions of his other clocks and orreries are really meant for clock makers, and are sometimes difficult to decipher (a basic understanding of gear design is a must). This book does not include illustrations of all of his works, more of which would help the reader to understand his designs. Some of the illustrations are in his Astronomy, which I also intend to buy.

The only real drawback about this book is the print quality, which is the result of scanning and printing a reproduction of the original. Some of the illustrations are blurry or too darkly inked to read, while some of the text is faded. Overall the quality was good enough for reading and I found some of his illustrations reproduced on the web elsewhere for clarification.
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