Horologiographia. The art of dialling : teaching an easie and perfect way
Horologiographia. The art of dialling : teaching an easie and perfect way
Horologiographia. The art of dialling : teaching an easie and perfect way
Horologiographia. The art of dialling : teaching an easie and perfect way
Horologiographia. The art of dialling : teaching an easie and perfect way
Horologiographia. The art of dialling : teaching an easie and perfect way
Horologiographia. The art of dialling : teaching an easie and perfect way

FALE, Thomas. Horologiographia. The art of dialling : teaching an easie and perfect way to make all kinds of dials vpon any plaine plat howsoeuer placed, with the d…

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FALE, Thomas. Horologiographia. The art of dialling : teaching an easie and perfect way to make all kinds of dials vpon any plaine plat howsoeuer placed, with the drawing of the twelue signes, and houres vnequall in them all : whereunto is annexed the making and vse of other dials and instruments, whereby the houre of the day and night is knowne : of speciall vse and delight, not only for students of the arts mathematicall, but also for diuers artificers, architects, surueyours of buildings, free-masons and others. Imprinted by Felix Kyngston. 1626.

Small 4to., in later marbled paper wrappers. [4], 60, [16] leaves. Illustrated with woodcuts in text. A little chipping to title-page, some browning and staining, ink manuscript doodle to title-page and final leaf.
Second edition, the first edition was published in 1593. The last 16 leaves comprise a table of sines.
An important work on sun dials, with attractive woodcut diagrams of dials by Jodocus Hondius
"In 1593 Fale published his only known book, Horologiographia: the Art of Dialling, in which he described the design and construction of various dials to tell the time by day or night. His declared aim was to instruct students of mathematics and assist architects, surveyors, sailors, and others. A prefatory letter was addressed to his kinsman Thomas Osborne, who had invented and made one of the dials mentioned. This took the form of a semicircle carrying a sighting arm on which was set a small compass. The mathematician Augustus De Morgan considered Fale's table of sines to be probably the earliest such table to be printed in England. Later editions of the book appeared in 1626 [as offered here] and 1652. In 1604 Fale had a licence from the university to practise physic, but nothing is known of his later life or the circumstances of his death". (ODNB)

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