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Dictonary of British Scientific Instruments (1921) | Compass Library

Dictionary of British Scientific Instruments (1921)

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Issued by the
British Optical Instrument
Manufacturers Association


A 1921 edition of the Dictionary of British Scientific Instruments. The first half of the book is an alphabetical listing of instruments and related terms and accesssories, while the second half (pages 181-334) is devoted to black and white illustrations of scientific instruments.

Many of the instruments included in the dictionary had not changed greatly since Victorian times, and some of  the items included would have been available as early as the 1850s. An invaluable reference work for anyone collecting compasses, barometers, sextants, sundials, telescopes, microscopes, clinometers and many other instruments. The book is very well illustrated throughout and includes brief definitions and illustrations for virtually every scientific instrument that was in use from the end of the Victorian era to the 1920s.


In good condition, ex-library. The boards are in good condition, with a few marks. The binding and hinges are secure, the hinges having been carefully reinforced with archival paper tape. The text, plates, and illustrations are in good condition. There are a couple of 'withdrawn' library stamps to the title and contents pages.

Published: 1921
Brown boards with gilt titling
Fully illustrated with numerous plates and drawings
Dimensions: 150mm x 220mm
Pages: 335