Two volumes (26 cm), I: xv (1), 335 (1) pp., with 843 illustrations on 75 plates (further 50 illustrations printed with text). II: (8) 138 pp., illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Founded in 1901 by the British Optical Association, the Library grew steadily, absorbing the private collections R.S. Clay, A.W. Oxbrow, and J.H. Sutcliffe, and in 1926, with assistance of the Carnegie Trust, it commenced an ambitious programme of acquisitions, leading to a third volume of the catalogue, published 1957 (not present here). The Association was voluntarily disbanded in 1980, and the library transferred to the College of Optometrists. ¶ Pencil annotations in some margins; small piece of wrapper spine missing (vol. 2). Good copies.
(26 cm), xv (1), 335 (1) pp., with 843 illustrations on 75 plates (further 50 illustrations printed with text). Publisher’s quarter-leather binding. - Part I only (two further volumes of the catalogue were published, in 1935 and 1957). Founded in 1901 by the British Optical Association, the Library grew steadily, absorbing the private collections R.S. Clay, A.W. Oxbrow, and J.H. Sutcliffe, and in 1926, with assistance of the Carnegie Trust, it commenced an ambitious programme of acquisitions. The Association was voluntarily disbanded in 1980, and the library transferred to the College of Optometrists. ¶ Back sunned; leather scuffed. Good, unmarked copy.
(24.5 cm), 91 (1) pp., 8 p. of plates (pls.I-VIII). Publisher’s grey paper wrappers, printed in red. - Catalogue of about 350 objects, classified under the headings of Mechanics, Heat, Pneumatics and Hydrostatics, Chemistry, Astronomy and Time Measurement, Optics, Surveying and Mathematical Instruments, Acoustics, Magnetism, Electricity, Manuscripts and Miscellaneous. Notes prefixed to each division of the catalogue relate the instruments to the contemporary development of the branch of science concerned. The history of the Collection is traced in a general introduction; there is a list of makers, with biographical notes, at the end of the book. ¶ Good copy.
Seven volumes (24.5 cm), as issued, in the publisher’s printed wrappers. - An incomplete set of the illustrated catalogues, lacking “The first portion” (sold on 10-11 May 1965). Sotheby’s had previously sold books from Kenney’s library, on 28 June 1954 (including the collector’s 1543 Copernicus, now lost; Owen Gingerich, An Annotated Census of Copernicus’ De Revolutionibus, Leiden 2002, p.318 no.I.241), and (anonymously) on 13 April and 2 November 1964. ¶ Good, unmarked copies.
(21.5 cm), 242 pp., illustrations. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Checklist of publications related to microscopy, microscopes, and microscopical optics in the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. ¶ Very good copy.
(24 cm), x, 689 (1) pp., 80 p. of plates. Publisher’s blue cloth binding. - An account of German and Dutch astronomical instruments from the eleventh to the eighteenth century, with an invaluable alphabetical catalogue of hundreds of makers and designers of instruments. Zinner also recalls the collectors of scientific instruments and the fate of their collections. Unchanged reprint of the 1967 second edition (original edition, 1956). ¶ Lacking dust jacket. Very good, unmarked copy.
(28 cm), 116 pp., illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Essays by Silvio A. Bedini (The map of time) and Riccardo J. Quinones (The new dynamic of time in Renaissance literature and society); exhibition notes by Rachel Doggett, Susan Jaskot, and Robert Rand, for 68 books, prints and manuscripts; 16 timekeeping devices. ¶ Light shelf-wear.
(26 cm), 107 (9) pp., illustrations (some in colour). 161 lots. Publisher’s black cloth binding, covers blocked in gilt. - Preface by Anthony Turner; some descriptions are adapted from Turner’s entries in The Time Museum: catalogue of the collection (Rockford, IL: The Museum, 1984-1987). The Time Museum had been founded in 1970 by the industrialist Seth G. Atwood (1917-2010) in Rockford, Illinois. It closed in 1999, when Atwood consigned 81 pieces to Sotheby’s New York (sale realised $28,285,000), sold another 492 pieces to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (for approximately $5.6 million), and contracted to sell 1551 more pieces to the City of Chicago (for approximately $25 million); further auction sales were conducted in New York and in London in 2002. The City of Chicago resold their pieces at Sotheby’s, New York, 13-15 October 2004. ¶ Very good, unmarked copy. No Price list.
(29 cm), 215 (1) pp., illustrations (some in colour). 422 catalogue entries. Loosely inserted is a supplement in English with abridged entries of the objects in the exhibition, “Distant worlds made tangible. Art and curiosities: Dutch collections 1585-1735”. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - An exhibition focused on Dutch collectors and collections of natural and artificial objects in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries (reviewed by Peter Parshall, in Print Quarterly, volume 10, June 1993, pp.180-182; noticed in Quaerendo, volume 23, 1993, pp.304-305). A companion volume of essays is not present here (ISBN 9789066303522). ¶ Fine copy.