Sundials at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Sundials, Nocturnals and Horary Quadrants in the National Maritime Museum

Sundials at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Sundials, Nocturnals and Horary Quadrants in the National Maritime Museum

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Sundials at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Sundials, Nocturnals and Horary Quadrants in the National Maritime Museum by Hester Higton, Silke Ackermann, Hester Higton, Richard Dunn

Sundials at Greenwich is the first full-scale catalog of the collection of sundials, nocturnals, and horary quadrants of the National Maritime Museum. This collection composes one of the most important reseources for the study of the history of sundials, particularly of portable sundials, and is world-renowned for its significance. Detailed entries are provided for all the instruments, and each object is illustrated, with the most significant dials photographed in color. This book is divided into the various types of sundial, and each section is arranged chronologically for ease of reference. Sundials from the Far East and from the Islamic countries are treated separately from European instruments; nocturnals and horary quandrants are grouped in their own sections; and a final section is devoted to imitation instruments. This volume is of great importance to historians of science interested in the development of scientific instruments, and supplies a comprehensive documentation of an important scientific collection. It will be of use to researchers in the history of science, astronomy, navigation and scientific instruments and is also recommended to all collectors of sundials.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198508779
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 12/12/2002
Pages: 442
Product dimensions: 13.30(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Hester Higton is at the School of English, University of Exeter. She was previously Curator of Sundials at the National Maritime Museum, London

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