Sources for Identifying Makers of Navigation Instruments

1. The Peabody Collection of Navigating Instruments with Notes on Their Makers. by M.V. Brewington. Peabody Museum, Salem, MA, 1963. LC Card No. 63-22591

2. The Mathematical Practitioners of Tudor and Stuart England 1485-1714. by E.G.R. Taylor. Cambridge University Press, For the Institute of Navigation, 1968.

3. The Mathematical Practitioners of Hanoverian England 1714-1840. by E.G.R. Taylor. Cambridge University Press, For the Institute of Navigation, 1966.

(See Rittenhouse Vol. 1, No. 1, pgs.. 10-11 regarding date references in Taylor’s 2 volumes above.)

4. Evidence from Trade Cards for the Scientific Instrument Industry. by M.A. Crawforth. University of Oxford, c/o Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ, England, 1984.

5. Scientific Trade Cards in the Science Museum Collection. by H.R. Calvert, M.A. Her Majesty’s Stationery (Office, London, 1971.

6. Contributions to the History of the Worshipful Company of Spectaclemakers. [Includes a chronological list of the more important members.] Transactions of the Optical Society, Vol. XXXI, No.2, 1929-30. Published by the Optical Society, 1 Lowther Gardens, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, S.W.-7

7. Mathematical Instrument-Makers in the Grocer’s Company 1688-1800. by Joyce Brown. [Contains notes on some earlier makers.] Science Museum London, 1979. ISBN 0 905805 20 3

8. Early American Scientific Instruments and Their Makers. by Silvio A. Bedini. Museum of History and Technology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1964. United States National Museum Bulletin 231.

9. The Makers of Surveying Instruments in America Since 1700. Vol. I. by Charles E. Smart, Chairman of the Board of Directors, W.& L.E. Gurley, Troy, NY LC Cat. Card No. 62-21911

10. The Makers of Surveying Instruments in America Since 1700, Vol.II. by Charles E. Smart. Regal Art Press, Troy, NY, 1967.

11. Antique Scientific Instruments. by Gerard L’E. Turner. Blanford Press, LTD, Link House, West Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1LL.

12. At the Sign of the Quadrant. by Harold L. Burstyn. The Marine Historical Association, Inc., 1957. [This is now Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT 06355-0990]. This is the story of Edmund March Blunt and his sons.

13. Thinkers and Tinkers: Early American Men of Science. by Silvio A. Bedini. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1975.

14. A History of Marine Navigation. by W.E. May. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York, 1973.

15. Scientific Instruments. by Harriet Wynter and Anthony Turner. Studio Vista, An Imprint of Cassell & Collier Macmillan Publishers, LTD. 35 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4SG, 1975.

16. Marine Navigation Instruments. by Jean Randier. Pub. by John Murray, 50 Albermarle Street, London, 1980. [Date of English translation.]

17. Early Scientific Instruments. by Nigel Hawkes. Abbeville Press Publishers, New York, 1981.

18. Encyclopedia of Antique Scientific Instruments. by John FitzMaurice Mills, Aurum Press, 33 Museum Street, London WC1, 1983. ISBN 0 906053 404

19.English Barometers 1680-1860: a History of Domestic Barometers and Their Makers. by Nicholas Goodison. Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., Publisher, New York, 1968 LC 67-24610

20. Britten’s Old Clocks and Watches and Their Makers. 7th Edition. by Baillie, Clutton & Ilbert. Bonanza Books, New York, 1956. [There is a later edition.]

21. Nineteenth-Century Scientific Instruments. by Gerard L’E. Turner. Sotherby Publications, University of California Press, 1983. ISBN 0 520 05160 2

22. History and Bibliography of the New American Practical Navigator and the American Coast Pilot. by John F. Campbell, Master Mariner Peabody Museum, Salem, MA, 1964. LC 64 15742 [Written from Cristobal Canal Zone.]

23. The Cross Staff, Historical Development and Modern Use. by Alan Neale Stimson & Christopher St.John Hume Daniel. Published by Harriet Wynter LTD, London, 1977. Series 1, No.1.

24. Pieter Holm and His Tobacco Box. [The Marine Historical Association.] 1953. by Ernst Crone. Translated by Prof. Dirk Brouwer. Introduction by Edwin Pugsley.

25. The Story of Maps. by Lloyd A. Brown. Pub. by Bonanza Books.

26. The American Neptune, Pictorial Supplement XVII, Instrument Navigation. Published by the Peabody Museum, Salem, MA, 1975.

27. How the Chronometer Went to Sea. by W.E. May. Reprinted from Antiquarian Horology, 1976.

28. All About Those “Gunters”. by David A. Spang. From Early American Industries Association, Vol.33, No.1, March 1980.

29. A History of Technology and Invention Progress Through the Ages, Vol. III. The Expansion of Mechanization 1725-1860. Edited with an introduction by Maurice Daumas. Translated by Eileen B. Hennessy. Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, pgs. 201-22 and 327-331.

30. Navigation in the Days of Captain Cook. National Maritime Museum Monograph No. 18-1974. by Prof. E.G.R. Taylor. 1975.

31. Science and the Techniques of Navigation in the Renaissance. by David W. Waters. National Maritime Museum Monograph No.19- 1976.

32. The Birth of Navigational Science. by Eric G. Forbes. National Maritime Museum Monograph No. 10-1974.

33. The National Maritime Museum. Edited by Basil Greenhill. Scala/Philip Wilson Publishers, LTD and Summerfield Press, LTD, 1982.

34. The Greenwich Meridian. by Stuart Malin and Carole Stott. Published by Ordinance Survey, Ramsey Road, Maybush, Southhampton SO9 4DH, 1984.

35. Scientific Instrument Auction Catalogue. Maritime Auctions, Chuck DeLuca. RR2, Box 45A York, ME 03909 (207)363-4247.

36. Harriet Wynter, Ltd. History of Science & Technology, Books, Instruments & Publications. 50 Red Cliffe Road,London SW10 9NJ 01-352-6494 Catalogues & Series Publications.

37. Tesseract [Catalogues of Early Scientific Instruments]. Box 151 Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914)478-2594

38. Rittenhouse Journal of the American Scientific Enterprise Editor Deborah Jean Warner, Curator, History of Physical Sciences, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560

David & Yola Coffeen, Tesseract, P.O. Box 151, Hastings-on Hudson, NY 10706
Raymond V. Giordano, The Antiquarian Scientist, P.O. Box 367, Dracut, MA 01826

39. C. Plath 1862-1962. Verlag Hanseatischer Merkur. Alfred Utesch, Hamburg. [Part I of the book The History of the Firm C. Plath; Part II of the book The Development of the Sextant.]

40. Taylor, E.G.R. and M.W. Richey. The Geometrical Seaman: A Book of Early Instruments. The Institute of Navigation: Hollis & Carter, 1962.

41. Cotter, Charles H. A History of Nautical Astronomy. New York: American Elsevier Publishing Co., Inc., 1968.

42. Waters, David W. The Art of Navigation in England in Elizabethan and Early Stuart Times. London: Hollis & Carter, 1958.