London: Sotheby's, 1987. First edition. Hardcover. near fine. Small folio. 320pp. Photo-illustrated beige dust jacket with black lettering on the front cover and spine. Light brown cloth boards with gilt lettering on the spine. Illustrated endpapers. The lavishly illustrated book is a study and visual survey of the scientific instruments used during the early modern period. The author provides historical and chronological insight into the developments and refinements of these technologies over the years in the various scientific fields. The collection showcased throughout the book in color and b/w photographic reproductions, has been assembled from a wide range of international public and private collections. A final section at the back of the book includes extensive notes and bibliographic data. Binding with some minor scuffing along the top edge of the front cover. Dust jacket, binding and interior in near fine condition overall. (Inventory #: 43871)
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