This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 Excerpt: ... says, "The gnomon is the gnow-man or know-man of a diall, the shadow whereof pointeth out the howers." From this comes the word gnomonics, ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 Excerpt: ... says, "The gnomon is the gnow-man or know-man of a diall, the shadow whereof pointeth out the howers." From this comes the word gnomonics, or as it once was spelled gnomonicks, the art or science of dialling; and various other words, such as gnomonist, one versed in dialling, and gnomonology, a treatise on dialling. The derivative adjective is gnomonic, gnomonical, and gnomic, but as the last-named word has another remote signification, it is not much used. I may say in passing that in the word dialling I have clung to the spelling always found in the old treatises and trigonometries; the spelling given in modern dictionaries is with a single 1--dialing. On the exact setting of the gnomon all the worth of the sun-dial depends; of course all parts should be exact, but the gnomon must be precisely made and set. Therefore it is not well to make the gnomon of wood, because it may warp and twist. I would suggest to all who are erecting sun-dials, especially horizontal dials in a garden, that more thought and work be spent upon the gnomon than is generally done. Being ordinarily of metal it can be engraved on its flat surface, or, better still, it can be pierced. The use even of a monogram in the design will add to its interest, or a date or crest. I like a large gnomon with as much fine pierced work as can be put upon it. When pierced brass work of such exquisite design was used in old watches, it is strange the brass worker did not turn to the sister timekeeper, the sun-dial, as a field for delicate ornamentation. I have a collection of two hundred old brass verges or bridges from ancient verge-watches in which the designs show every variety of exquisite tracing and outline. I know no gold wrought work to compare with them in delicate beauty, and wer...
Fair in None jacket. Hardcover Ex-Library. 5.5" x 7.5" Ex-library has usual markings and attachments. Edges are dust soiled. Textblock is tanned but unmarked. Some pages have tape and pieces missing. Green boards are dust soiled and faded. Spine and corners are bumped and scuffed. Photographs are included. 461 pgs.
Fair in None jacket. Hardcover Textblock is tanned but unmarked. Edges are dust soiled with top edge gilt stained as issued. Hinges are split and front hinge is almost detached. Green boards are faded and dust soiled. Front board and spine have gilt lettering. Corners and spine are bumped and scuffed. Illustrations and photographs are included. 461 pgs.
Good. No Jacket. Unstated First Edition, Unstated First Printing. Copyright 1902. No damage from past owners, not a former library book, not a remainder or book club, not clipped, Hardcover. A quaint and meticulously illustrated tribute to the charming sundial and the timeless rose plate. Green hardback cover with gilded lettering matching the top edge of the pages; some softening at base of spine, and two small stains on back cover. Name of previous owner embossed on title page with raised stamp. Pages sunned, and seem stiff and delicate, but are clean, with no marking or highlighting; a few have small tears at the top corner, but are well-preserved overall. All books shipped within 24 hours with U.S. Postal Service Delivery Confirmation, each order is packaged in a new box with bubble wrap, and always your satisfaction is guaranteed.
VG-(Little wear to edges, hinges are loose; pages are crisp and clean; some pages left uncut; a nice old book. ) Green decorated cloth, gilt letters on spine & front cover, gilt top edges, 461 pp., many BW illus.; weighs 3 lbs. A consideration of sun-dials and roses in yards and gardens, penned by Massachusetts author Alice Morse Earle (1851-1911). The mention of sun-dials in a previous book generated requests for more information from her readers. Nice!
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