Slide Rule Books

Detailed here are some of my slide rule books.
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A History of the Logarithmic Slide Rule and Allied Instruments (1910, Florian Cajori, 1994 reprint)

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Image 1994 reprint by The Astragal Press (ISBN 1-879335-96-4) of Cajori's original 1910 text, with introduction by Robert K. Otnes, PhD. This edition includes Cajori's 1920 publication "On the History of Gunter's scale and the Slide Rule During the Seventeenth Century". This book is still avaliable here.

164 page paperback measuring approx 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, printing is monochrome, mainly text with a few diagrams.

Seminal reference book on the history of slide rules, from the invention of the logarithm in the 1600's through to developments in the early 20th century, including an extensive bibliography.

Ich leiste mehr! Schule für den Selbstunterricht im Gebrauch des Rechenstabes (c1940-50, AW Faber-Castell, 3rd Edition)

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Image Self-instruction slide rule book published by A.W. Faber-Castell, Stein bei Nürnberg. 3rd edition, has the refrence numbers "N/0912" and "Nr. 1/750" printed on the inside back cover fly-leaf.

Paperback with a distintive red binding and green cover measuring approx 5 3/4 x 8 inches. 69 pages plus pages for notes at the back, printed in monochrome with text and many illustrations.

The book has 4, double page fold-outs for models 1/91, 1/60, 1/87 and 1/22. These sheets have a labelled diagram of the slide rule, plus separate diagrams for the stock and slide. The sheets are perforated enabling the diagrams to be torn out and used for the examples. There is also a 4 page fold-out with a large diagram showing how to read the scale divisions.

The book is split into 2 sections, one for the "technical" slide rule and one for the "business" slide rule, each with general instructions and examples. There is a contents page at the back.

Instructions for the use of A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule (c1896, Charles N Pickworth)

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Image This instrution book was written in collaberation AW Faber. It is undated with no edition identifier, but from Rodger Shepherd's excellent article on these books in the Journal of the Oughtred Society (Vol 10 No 1 Spring 2001), this is version 1.1 from c1896. At the bottom centre of the front cover in small type is the printer "Pawson & Brailsford, Printers, Sheffield.".

The book measures approx 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches and features a distinctive red spine with stiff green/grey covers. There are 35 pages of text and 12 figure sheets (49 Figures) printed in black on cream paper.

The front is the title page and also lists-
"BY CHARLES N. PICKWORTH, Wh. Sc., Author of "The Slide Rule," etc."
"MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761."
"Gold and First-Class Prize Medals."
"MANUFACTORIES AT STEIN, GEROLDSGRÜN, AND NOISY-LE-SEC."
"HOUSES IN LONDON, PARIS, BERLIN, AND NEW YORK."
"A. W. FABER, 78 READE STREET, New York."

Inside is an indroduction, construction and scales description of Faber's slide rule, followed by detailed instructions with examples. Topics covered include proportion, multiplication and division, and powers and roots.

There are addition sections for-
"Practical Illustrations of the Use of the Calculating Rule:-"
"The Trigonometrical Applications of the Calculating Rule:-"

Instructions for the use of A. W. Faber's Improved Calculating Rule (c1903, Charles N Pickworth)

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Image This instrution book was written in collaberation AW Faber. It is undated with no edition identifier, but from Rodger Shepherd's excellent article on these books in the Journal of the Oughtred Society (Vol 10 No 1 Spring 2001), this is version 3.4 probably from towards the end of the period 1901-1904. At the bottom centre of the front cover in small type is stated"[PRINTED IN ENGLAND.]".

The book measures approx 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches and features a distinctive red spine with stiff green/grey covers. There are 47 pages of text and 14 fold-out figure sheets (55 Figures) printed in black on cream paper.

The front is the title page and also lists-
"BY CHARLES N. PICKWORTH, Wh. Sc., Author of "The Slide Rule," etc."
"MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761."
"Gold and First-Class Prize Medals."
"GRAND PRIX (HIGHEST AWARD) PARIS, 1900."
"MANUFACTORIES IN GERMANY, FRANCE and UNITED STATES."
"HOUSES IN LONDON, PARIS, BERLIN, AND NEW YORK."
"A. W. FABER, 78 READE STREET, NEW YORK."

Inside is an indroduction, construction and scales description of Faber's slide rule, followed by detailed instructions with examples. Topics covered include proportion, multiplication and division, and powers and roots.

There are addition sections for-
"Practical Illustrations of the Use of the Calculating Rule:-"
"The Trigonometrical Applications of the Calculating Rule:-"
"New Form of A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule"
"A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule, 21 in. long"

Instructions for the use of A. W. Faber's Improved Calculating Rule (c1909, Charles N Pickworth)

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Image This instrution book was written in collaberation AW Faber. It is undated with no edition identifier, but from Rodger Shepherd's excellent article on these books in the Journal of the Oughtred Society (Vol 10 No 1 Spring 2001), this is version 5.1 from c1909. At the bottom centre of the front cover in small type is stated "PRINTED IN ENGLAND.".

The book measures approx 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches and features a distinctive red spine with stiff green/grey covers. There are 55 pages of text and 13 fold-out figure sheets (52 Figures) printed in black on cream paper.

The front is the title page and also lists-
"BY CHARLES N. PICKWORTH, Wh. Sc., Author of "The Slide Rule," etc."
"MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761."
"Prize Medals from all Important International and Industrial Exhibitions."
"MANUFACTORIES IN GERMANY, FRANCE and UNITED STATES."
"HOUSES IN LONDON, PARIS, BERLIN, AND NEWARK, N.J., U.S.A."
"A. W. FABER, 41-47, DICKERSON STREET AND 64-88, HECKER STREET, Newark (N.J.), U.S.A."

Inside is an indroduction, construction and scales description of Faber's slide rule, followed by detailed instructions with examples. Topics covered include proportion, multiplication and division, and powers and roots.

There are addition sections for-
"Practical Illustrations of the Use of the Calculating Rule."
"The Trigonometrical Applications of the Calculating Rule."
"Improved Form of A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule."
"A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule for Electrical and Mechanical Engineers."
"Instructions for the "Pickworth" Slide Rule."

Also included after the last section and before the fold-out sheets, but not listed in the contents, are 2 pages titled "Below is a List of the Various Calculating Rules supplied by A. W. Faber.", which describe 9 models (10 different varieties).

Instructions for the use of A. W. Faber's Improved Calculating Rule (c1910, Charles N Pickworth)

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Image This instrution book was written in collaberation AW Faber. It is undated with no edition identifier, but from Rodger Shepherd's excellent article on these books in the Journal of the Oughtred Society (Vol 10 No 1 Spring 2001), this is version 5.2 probably from towards the beginning of the period 1909-13. There is a stamp "DINSDALE. PRINTER and STATIONER, New Station Street, LEEDS." at the bottom of the front cover.

The book measures approx 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches and features a distinctive red spine with stiff green/grey covers. There are 57 pages of text and 13 fold-out figure sheets (52 Figures) printed in black on cream paper.

The front is the title page and also lists-
"BY CHARLES N. PICKWORTH, Wh. Sc., Author of "The Slide Rule," etc."
"MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761."
"Prize Medals from all Important International and Industrial Exhibitions."
"MANUFACTORIES IN GERMANY, FRANCE and UNITED STATES."
"HOUSES IN LONDON, PARIS, BERLIN, AND NEWARK, N.J., U.S.A."
"A. W. FABER, 149, QUEEN VICTORIA STREET, London, E.C."

Inside is an indroduction, construction and scales description of Faber's slide rule, followed by detailed instructions with examples. Topics covered include proportion, multiplication and division, and powers and roots.

There are addition sections for-
"Practical Illustrations of the Use of the Calculating Rule."
"The Trigonometrical Applications of the Calculating Rule."
"Improved Form of A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule."
"A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule for Electrical and Mechanical Engineers."
"Instructions for the "Pickworth" Slide Rule."

Also included after the last section and before the fold-out sheets, but not listed in the contents, are 2 pages titled "Below is a List of the Various Calculating Rules supplied by A. W. Faber.", which describe 9 models (10 different varieties).

Otis King Calculators, a History of Production 1920-1977 (2012, Colin Barnes & Tedford K. White, 2nd Edition)

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Image Specialist reference book on Otis King helical logarithmic calculators. Totally revised and extended second edition published by Colin Barnes (ISBN 978-0-9560254-2-5).

100 page, full-color paperback measuring approx 8 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches, with many photographs and illustrations.

Comprehensive history and detailed evolution of the products and brand, including scale arrangements, construction, materials and designs, patents, sales and advertising, instructions and retailers, packaging and boxes, serial numbers, dating, pricing and production figures.

Pocket-Watch Slide Rules (2011, Peter M. Hopp C.Eng. M.B.C.S.)

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Image Specialist reference book on pocket-watch type slide rules published by The Astragal Press (ISBN 978-1-931626-31-6), avaliable here.

167 page, full-color paperback measuring approx 8 1/2 x 11 inches, with many photographs and illustrations.

Detailed content encompassing definitions, history, types, manufacturers, models, patents, and a full glossary and bibliography.

Pocketbook of the Gauge Marks (2011, Panagiotis Venetsianos, 2nd edition)

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Image Published by The Oughtred Society (ISBN 13 978-0-9791477-5-3), this is the 2nd and revised edition of the slide rule gauge mark reference by Panagiotis Venetsianos, with synopsis by Otto E. van Poelje of The Oughtred Society. It is available here.

147 page momochrome, spiral-bound paperback measuring approx 6 x 9 inches.

Useful reference of gauge marks found on slide rule bodies and cursors, with lots of general information, comprehensive lists of captions and values with descritions, and a full bibliography.

Slide Rules, A Journey Through Three Centuries (2000, Dieter von Jezierski, 2nd Edition)

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Image Published by The Astragal Press, this is the updated, 2nd edition of Dieter von Jezierski's highly informative history of slide rules (ISBN 1-879335-94-8), translated from the German by Rodger Shepherd M.D. M.P.H. This book is avaliable here.

126 page, monochrome paperback measuring approx 8 1/2 x 11 inches, with many photographs and illustrations.

All-encompassing collectors book with sections "Introduction", "History of the Slide Rule", "Technical Aspects of the Slide Rule", Slide Rule Makers and Their Models", "Demonstration Slide Rules", "Slide Rule Literature: A User's Guide", "Collecting Slide Rules". Fully referenced and includes a bibliography and appendixes "German registered designs and patents relating to slide rules" and "Slide rules of some German Makers".

Slide Rules, A.W. Faber, A.W. Faber-Castell, Models, Types, Scales (2014, Peter Holland, 7th Edition)

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Image In co-operatio with Dieter von Jezierski, Günter Kugel and David Rance, this is the 7th revised edition of Peter Holland's self-published reference for Faber and Faber-Castell slide rules. This book is still avaliable, subject to demand from Peter's website here.

192 page hardback measuring approx 6 x 8 1/2 inches, printing is monochrome, mainly text with some pictures and diagrams. Text is in both English and German.

Must-have reference book for any collector with an interest in Faber-Castell silde rules. Details and guide dates of all models made, and summarised cross reference of production years and major types. Information on model numbering, scales, OEM, materials, dating, cases, cursors, instructions, company history and worldwide penetration, patents and registered designs, and a comprehensive bibliography.

Slide Rules, Their History, Models, and Makers (1999, Peter M. Hopp C.Eng. MBCS)

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Image Published by The Astragal Press (ISBN 1-879335-86-7) this is an essential reference book for any slide rule collector, avaliable here.

310 page, monochrome paperback measuring approx 8 3/8 x 10 7/8 inches, mainly text with a few illustrations.

Huge scope of fully indexed, in-depth chapters covering slide rule history, descriptions and definitions, types, instrument makers and manufacturers from their inception to their demise. Appendicies comprising a glossary, bibliography, key dates and biographies, and information on patents, scales and gauge marks, dating and valuing, care, and historical context.

The Oughtred Society Slide Rule Reference Manual (2010, Oughtred Society, 2nd Edition)

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Image Second edition of the slide rule reference manual published by The Oughtred Society (ISBN 13 978-0-9791477-4-6), edited by Ted Hume and Bob Koppany, available here

102 page, full-colour paperback measuring approx 8 1/2 x 1 inches, with many photographs and illustrations.

Wide ranging fully indexed introduction to the world of slide rules and slide rule collecting, from "what is a slide rule", through how it works, history, types, basic and advanced instructions, hints and tricks, scales, advanced features, manufacturers and models, books, manuals and articles, cleaning and care, internet resources and collecting information.

The Slide Rule (c1919, C N Pickworth, 16th Edition)

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Image Comprehensive silde rule instruction book, subtitled "A PRACTICAL MANUAL" inside. The is no publication date, but the preface to the 16th edition, attributed to Pickworth is dated April 1919. Publishers listed are Emmott and Co Limited (Manchester), D Van Nostrand Co (New York) and Emmott and Co Limited and Pitman and Sons Limited (London).

The orange, cloth covered hardback book measures approx 5 x 7 1/4 inches and has 133 pages plus advertisements. Printing is monochrome, mainly text with example and a few diagrams.

Inside by the same author are listed-
"LOGARITHMS FOR BEGINNERS."
"THE INDICATOR : ITS CONSTRUCTION AND APPLICATION."
"THE INDICATOR DIAGRAM : ITE ANALYSIS AND CALCULATION."
"POWER COMPUTE FOR STEAM, GAS AND OIL ENGINES, Etc."

In addition to the detailed slide rule instructions, hints and applications, Pickworth describes their principles, types, construction and accuracy. There are 8 pages of advertisements at the back.
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