Slide Rule Instruction Manuals

The few commercial instruction manuals shown here all came with the slide rules specified when I bought them. In addition are a few I have written for my own Juggler's and Radix series slide rules.
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Instructions For The Use Of A.W. Faber's Improved Calculating Rule (version 1 c1905-10? & version 2 c1910-12, enhanced Mannheim)

These two versions of these instructions are from around the same time period and although the layout and texts are almost identical there are a few subtle differences:

- The earlier version is slightly narrower physically, although the printing area is the same.
- The front corner decorations and matching back motif are more ornate on the earlier version, the
   later version is a less 'curvey' style.
- The eariler version uses some subtly different typefaces and sizes on the front page compared to
   the later version, most obvious are 'MANUFACTORIES' and 'HOUSES'.
- On the front page of the earlier version 'N.J.' is not bracketed and 'U.S.A' is, on the later version
   'N.J.' is bracketed and 'U.S.A.' is not.
- There are 2 additional paragraphs in the introduction of the earlier version about construction
   features which are not present in the later version. The pagination is consequently slightly
   different.
- Other than mentioned above, the text and punctuation is identical between the versions, except a
   typo was introduced in the later version - 'above' in 'Example 9 on the back page is now spelt
   'abvoe'.
Version 1 c1905-10
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Image These instructions came with my A W Faber 367 c1910-12, and although around the right time period are unlikely to be its original instructions as the rule is German and these instructions are English.

The calculating rule instructions comprise a four side folded pamphlet measuring approx 7 1/8 x 10 3/8 inches, printed in black on light green paper.

The front is the title page and also lists -
"MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761."
"Gold and First-class Prise Medals." : "GRAND PRIX (highest award) PARIS 1900" and "GRAND PRIZE (highest award) ST. LOUIS 1904"
"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."

The following pages are titled "BRIEF INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE USE OF THE RULE", with sections : "Introduction.", "Definitions.", "Multiplication.", "Division.", "Reading The Scales.", "Number of Places in Result.", "Squares and Square Roots.", "Cubes and Cube Roots.", "Signs and Tangents.", "Logarithms.".

The pages are all text and reference a figures sheet.
Version 2 c1910-12
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Image These instructions came with my A W Faber 378 electro rule dated c1910-12, and comprise 2 parts: calculating rule instructions and figures sheet (below). This rule also came with electro instructions, detailed here).

The calculating rule instructions comprise a four side folded pamphlet measuring approx 7 5/8 x 10 3/8 inches, printed in black on light green paper.

The front is the title page and also lists -
"MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761."
"Gold and First-class Prise Medals." : "GRAND PRIX (highest award) PARIS 1900" and "GRAND PRIZE (highest award) ST. LOUIS 1904"
"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."

The following pages are titled "BRIEF INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE USE OF THE RULE", with sections : "Introduction.", "Definitions.", "Multiplication.", "Division", "Reading The Scales.", "Number of Places in Result.", "Squares and Square Roots.", "Cubes and Cube Roots.", "Signs and Tangents.", "Logarithms.".

The pages are all text and reference the figures sheet.


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Image The figures sheet is a single sided sheet measuring approx 10 3/8 x 15 1/8 inches, printed in black on light green paper.

There are eight figures labelled "Fig.1." etc, comprising a total of eleven drawings (7 full and 4 half width) of examples referenced in the calculating rule instructions.

The condition of both instructions and figures is not bad for their age, a little dog-eared, faded and stained.


Instructions For The Use Of A.W. Faber's Calculating Rule For Electrical And Mechanical Engineers (c1909-10, No 368)

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Image These instructions came with an A W Faber 368 electro rule dated c1910. In the Introduction section is a drawing of the later, double bevelled edge, version of the model, with the log-log scales on the bottom edge, labelled "Nr. 368.".

The instructions comprise a four side folded pamphlet measuring approx 7 1/8 x 10 1/2 inches, printed in black on white paper.

The front is the title page and also lists -
"MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761."
"Gold and First-class Prize Medals."
"GRAND PRIX (highest award) PARIS 1900."
"GRAND PRIX (highest award) ST. LOUIS 1904."
"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."

The following pages are titled "Instructions.", feature a front face and sectional drawings of the model and then sections : " General Remarks.", "Log-log Scales.", "Involution (Powers).", "Evolution (Extracting roots).", "Graduations on the Bottom of the Calculating Rule.", "Efficiency of Dynamos.", "Efficiency of Motors.", "Scale of Loss of Potential ~ Voltage Loss Scale.".

The condition is fragile and tatty; being torn with pieces missing,although perfectly legible. The pages have separated along the fold.

Instructions For The Use Of A.W. Faber's Improved Calculating Rule No 378 For Electrical And Mechanical Engineers (c1910-12)

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Image These instructions came with my A W Faber 378 electro rule dated c1910-12. The rule also came with calculating rule instructions and a figures sheet, detailed here).

These instructions comprise a four side folded pamphlet measuring approx 7 1/4 x 10 3/8 inches, printed in black on white paper.

The front is the title page and also lists -
"MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761."
"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."

The following pages are titled "Instructions.", have a single diagram and introduction and then sections : "Log-log Scales.", "Raising to Powers.", "Extracting roots.", "Graduations on the Bottom of the Calculating Rule.", "Efficiency of Dynamos.", "Efficiency of Motors.", "Scale of Loss of Potential ~ Voltage Loss Scale".

The condition is fragile and tatty; being torn with small pieces missing,although perfectly legible.


Instructions For The Use Of A.W. Faber's Improved "Castell" Precision Calculating Rules (1927, No 360 363 369 389)

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Image These instructions came with my A W Faber "Castell" 360 enhanced Mannheim rule dated 1927, and comprise 2 parts: calculating rule instructions and figures sheet (below).

The calculating rule instructions comprise a four side folded pamphlet measuring approx 7 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches, printed in black on light green paper.

The front is the title page and lists models covered -
"No. 360 (10 in. scale length)"
"No. 363 (10  "      "         "    )"
"No. 369 (  5  "      "         "    )"
"No. 389 (  4  "      "         "    )"

Followed by -
"A. W. FABER STEIN near Nuremburg"
"MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761"
"LONDON AGENCY: 13/14, Camomile Street, E. C. 3."

In small text at the bottom is "5000, 9. 27, Kr." on the left and "Bavaria." on the right.

The following pages are titled "BRIEF INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE USE OF THE RULE", with sections : "Introduction.", "Definitions.", "Multiplication.", "Division.", "Reading The Scales.", "Number of Places in Result.", "Squares and Square Roots.", "Cubes and Cube Roots.", "Signs and Tangents.", "Logarithms.", "Mark C and C1" & "Instructions for the Three-Line Cursor.".

The pages are all text and reference the figures sheet, except for the last section which also has a diagram of the cursor.


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Image The figures sheet is a single sided sheet measuring approx 10 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches, printed in black on light green paper.

There are eight figures labelled "Fig.1." etc, comprising a total of eleven drawings (7 full and 4 half width) of examples referenced in the precision calculating rule instructions.

The condition of both instructions and figures is not bad for their age, a little dog-eared but unfortunately the instructions has separated into two along the fold.


Faber-Castell - Instructions - Precision Slide Rules for Mechanical, Constructional and Electrical Engineers (October 1968, Trig, Rietz, Log Log, Electro)

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Image These instructions came with an AW Faber-Castell 1/92 log log rule dated 1963 (1957? model here).

They comprise a 28 page booklet measuring approx 8 1/4 x 5 7/8 inches, stapled along the top edge.

The front cover features the logo, the title, a stylised diagram of a slide rule and a list of the models covered by the instructions as follows :
"Basic-Trig No. 1/60"
"Rietz-No. 1/87, 111/87, 11187 A, 4/87"
"Engineers Log Log No. 1/92"
"Electro No. 1/98, 111/98, 4/98"

The front and back cover are higher quality semi-glossy paper printed in black and green, inside front and back covers are in black only, featuring the contents and construction and care instructions respectively.

The rest of the internal pages detail the description and operation of the rules covered, with text and diagrams in black printing.

The back cover features the logo, the text "A. W. FABER-CASTELL . STEIN BEI NURNBERG, GERMANY" and "Printed in Germany", and the codes "1068" and "1/798 engl.".

Condition is reasonable, but a little faded and worn.

Faber-Castell - Instructions for Use of CASTELL Precision Slide Rules (October 1968,"BUSINESS")

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Image These instructions came with an AW Faber-Castell 1/92 log log rule dated 1963 (1957? model here), although is model is not featured in these instructions.

They comprise a 40 page booklet measuring approx 8 1/4 x 5 7/8 inches, stapled along the top edge.

The front cover features the logo, the title, a stylised diagram of a slide rule and a list of the models covered by the instructions as follows :
"No. 1/22 (10" Scale Length)"
"No. 4/22 (20" Scale Length)"
"No. 67/22 (5" Scale Length)"
"No. 111/22 (10" Scale Length)"

The front and back cover are higher quality semi-glossy paper printed in black and green, inside front cover featuring the contents is in black only, inside back cover and pages 37 & 38 are blank.

The rest of the internal pages detail the description and operation of the rules covered, with text and diagrams in black printing.

The back cover features the logo, the text "A. W. FABER-CASTELL . STEIN BEI NURNBERG, GERMANY" and "Printed in Germany", and the codes "1068" and "1/722 engl.".

Faber-Castell - Gebruiksaanwijzing - No. 57/88 No. 57/89 (September 1970)

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Image These instructions came with a Faber-Castell 310/88,89 OHP demonstration rule (c1970-75) for school models 57/88 and 57/89, which can be seen here.

They are Dutch language, and comprise a stapled 12 page booklet measuring approx 115 x 205 mm, printed entirely in black on semi-glossy paper.

The front features the logo oval Faber-Castell logo with shield. On the back, at the bottom left and right are the codes "970" and "1/759 ho" respectively. In the centre bottom of the back is the text "Printed in Germany" in English (oddly).

There is an introduction paragraph and sections describing the principles, operation and care of the rule with diagrams and examples.

Good condition.

Faber-Castell - Overhead projector demonstration rule information sheet (c1970-75)

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Image This information sheet came with a Faber-Castell 310/88,89 OHP demonstration rule (c1970-75) for school models 57/88 and 57/89, which can be seen here.

It is a single A4 sheet printed on one side only, in black, in both German and English languages.

There are no identifying marks, codes, logos or text anywhere on the sheet.

The content contains two diagrams and a paragraph of text detailing the correct application of the OHP rule.

Good condition.

Globemaster NO. 62200 plastic Slide rule - How to use

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Image This six page instruction leaflet, measuring approx 2 5/8 x 4 1/4 inches, came with a Globemaster NO. 62200 and comprises a single sheet folded into three.

All printing is in sea-grey.

The front cover features the title and a stylised diagram of a slide rule.

Inside is titled "The Globmaster Slide Rule Instructions.", and has sections: "CONSTRUCTION", "THE SCALES AND THEIR USES", "CALCULATIONS" and "CLEANING".
The "CALCULATIONS" section is further broken into sub-sections of : "Multiplication and Division" ,"Square and Square Roots", "Cube and Cube Roots", "Reciprocals", "Proportions" and "Inverse Proportions".

The last page also states "Printed in Japan" at the bottom.

Condition is fair, a little crumpled and stained.

Graphoplex - INSTRUCCIONES GENERALES PARA EL EMPLEO DE LAS REGLAS DE CALCULO DE BOLSILLO (1964+)
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Image Single sheet spanish language instructions and separate care notelet (below). These documents came with my Graphoplex 612 enhanced Rietz pocket slide rule.

The instruction sheet is double-sided, measuring approx 144mm x 274mm, printed in black on white paper.

The sheet is headed with the Graphoplex logo and "PARIS", "FRANCIA" and "PATENTADA". Underneath is the instructions title (as above) followed by the applicable models -
"No 612 - Sistema " RIETZ " - Largo 12,5 cm"
"No 613 - Sistema " RIETZ " - Largo 15 cm"
"No 650 - Sistema " ELECTRO " - Largo 12,5 cm"
"No 643 - Sistema " ELECTRIC LOG-LOG " - Largo 12,5 cm"

The instructions are split into two sections "LECTURA DE LAS DIVISIONES" and "OPERACIONES".

The operation section is further split into "MULTIPLICACION", "DIVISION", "ESCALA DE CUADRADOS (B2-b2)", ESCALA DE CUBOs (B3)", "ESCALA DE LOGARITMOS", "ESCALAS TRIGONOMETRICAS", "CURSOR DE 4 LINEAS" and "DIVISORES".

The sections feature text and diagramatic instructions.

At the bottom of the reverse side is printed "Ref. 106121 E - Imprime en France" at the left, and "1'OFF7 58 - TRESNAY" at the right.


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Image Double sided multi-language care notelet measuring approx 135mm x 32mm, printed in black on gold coloured paper.

Each side features a block of text in two languages, German and Spanish on the front, and French and Italian on the reverse. These are headed "WICHTIGE BEMERKUNGEN!", "OBSERVACIONES IMPORTANTES", "OBSERVATIONS IMPORTANTES" and "OSSERVAZIONI IMPORTANTI" respectively.

On the bottom right hand corner of the reverse side is the reference "Ref. 1.001 -6 - 64".


Juggler's Slide Rule - SYSTEM TOMBEUR - Instructions For Use - Simple Rules - S2 & S3 (January 2013)

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Image 8 page A5 instruction booklet writen by myself with contributions from D Rance, for my own Juggler's Slide Rules, Simple models S2 and S3.

The front cover features the SYSTEM TOMBEUR logo.

Inside there is an untitled preface, and sections : "Introduction", "Juggling Basics", "Layout & Scales", "Determinations & Comparisons" (with examples) and "Care of the Slide Rule", followed by brief descriptions of the available models inside the back cover.

The back cover is blank apart from a date and version code at the bottom right.



Juggler's Slide Rule - SYSTEM TOMBEUR - Instructions For Use - Advanced Rules - A2 (April 2013)

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Image 36 page A5 instruction booklet writen by myself for my own Juggler's Slide Rules, Advanced model A2.

The front cover features the SYSTEM TOMBEUR logo.

Inside there is an untitled preface, contents and sections : "Introduction", "Juggling Basics", "Advanced Juggling Concepts", "Layout & Scales", "Juggling Calculations" (with examples), "Basic Conventional Slide Rule Calculations" (with examples", "Example Problems" and "Care of the Slide Rule", followed by brief descriptions of the available models inside the back cover.

The back cover is blank apart from a date and version code at the bottom right.

Radix 2/10 - System Leibniz - 10-BIT Binary Decimal Desktop Slide Rule - Instructions For Use (September 2014)

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Image 20 page A5 instruction booklet writen by myself, for my own Radix Series Slide Rules, model 2/10.

The front cover features a black and white image of the rule and the maker's logo.

Inside there is an untitled preface, and sections : "Introduction", "Binary Number System", "Layout & Scales", "Slide Rule Operation" (with examples) and "Care of the Slide Rule", followed on the inside back cover by a brief outline of other models available from the maker.

The back cover is blank apart from a date and version code at the bottom right.


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