Historical Perspectives: New York’s Grolier Club To Exhibit A Collection Of Rare Horological Books And Artifacts

Sunflower clock. From Athanasius Kircher. Magnes siue De arte magnetica creation tripartitum. Rome, 1641.

“These books are interesting and luxurious, just as educational about the developments that have prompted progressively exact timekeeping gadgets,” says Bruce Bradley, the presentation’s keeper. An illustration of one of these luxurious outlines is in the Magnes siue de arte magnetica creation tripartitum (Rome, 1641), which shows a “sunflower clock” coasting in water, demonstrating the hour of day. Proceeding onward to pendulum tickers, the presentation will highlight Christiaan Huygens’s Horologium oscillatorium (Paris, 1673), which includes a point by point woodcut of the pendulum clock’s system. John Harrison’s commitments to the universe of horology are notable, and a book enumerating his work will be appeared as well. The Principles of Mr. Harrison’s Time­Keeper (London, 1767), incorporates an introduction by Nevil Maskelyne, once British Astronomer Royal, and point by point etchings of the Harrison marine chronometers.

Garden sundial with 20 gnomons to show time around the planet. From Richard Hobson. Charles Waterton: His Home, Habits, and Handiwork. London, 1867.

The presentation will likewise highlight an assortment of tickers, watches, and instruments alongside the 86 showed books. Hope to see sundials, a clepsydra (water clock), marine chronometers, American railroad pocket watches, and an uncommon Accutron work area clock.

All images civility of the Grolier Club of New York.

A sundial for sounding the hours. From Athanasius Kircher. Ars magna lucis et umbrae. Rome, 1646.

About The Grolier Club Of New York

Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club of New York is America’s most seasoned and biggest society for book nuts and lovers in the realistic expressions. Named for Jean Grolier, a Renaissance authority eminent for offering his library to companions, the Grolier’s goal is to cultivate the investigation, gathering, and enthusiasm for books and chips away at paper. The Grolier Club keeps an exploration library on printing and related book expressions, and its projects incorporate public displays, just as a long and recognized arrangement of publications.

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