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Published: 16 November 2000

332 Pages | frontispiece, 8 pp colour plates, numerous halftones


ISBN: 9780198565666

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Elizabethan Instrument Makers

The Origins of the London Trade in Precision Instrument Making

Gerard L'E. Turner

  • A novel aspect of the age of Queen Elizabeth I is presented through over 100 superb London-made scientific artefacts of the period that have survived, and are brought together for the first time, richly illustrated.
  • The story of the beginning of the scientific instrument trade in London includes three monarchs:Henry VIII; Edward VI; and Elizabeth I; such great political figures of the age as Lord Burghley and the Earl of Leicestershire; famous seafarers such as Abram Kendal;and the Medici court of Florence
  • Ocean navigation, and the mapping and surveying of the New World, would have been impossible without instruments, the craftsmen who made them, and to whom this book pays tribute.