A.D. Morrison-Low, D.Phil. (2000) in Economic History with Physics, University of York, Research Associate at National Museums Scotland since her retirement in 2015. Her recent publications explore the 18th and 19th century instrument trade, and the early history of Scottish photography.
Sara J. Schechner, Ph.D. (1988) in History of Science, Harvard University, is the David P. Wheatland Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and Lecturer on the History of Science at Harvard University. Her research has focused on time-finding and social change, instruments of glass, colonial astronomy, and workshop practices in America.
Paolo Brenni, Ph.D. (1981) in Experimental Physics, University of Zürich, specialized in the history of science and technology. His researches are focused on scientific instruments, instrument making and trade (18th to early 20th centuries). He studied and restored several collections of instruments and he is working at the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica in Florence.
All those interested in the history of science and technology, the history and marketing of scientific and medical instruments from the 18th to the 20th centuries, material culture, and social history.
Table of contents
A. D. Morrison-Low, Sara J. Schechner and Paolo Brenni
List of Illustrations ix
Notes on Contributors xvi
Colour Plates xix
1 Symbiosis and Style: The Production, Sale and Purchase of Instruments in the Luxury Markets of Eighteenth-century London 1
2 Selling by the Book: British Scientific Trade Literature after 1800 21
Joshua Nall and Liba Taub
3 The Gentle Art of Persuasion: Advertising Instruments during Britain’s Industrial Revolution 43
A. D. Morrison-Low
4 Some Considerations about the Prices of Physics Instruments in the Nineteenth Century 57
5 Mathematical Instruments Changing Hands at World’s Fairs, 1851–1904 88
Peggy Aldrich Kidwell
6 Connections between the Instrument-making Trades in Great Britain and Ireland and the North American Continent 104
7 European Pocket Sundials for Colonial Use in American Territories 119
Sara J. Schechner
8 Selling Mathematical Instruments in America before the Printed Trade Catalogue 171
Richard L. Kremer
9 Trade in Medical Instruments and Colonialist Policies between Mexico and Europe in the Nineteenth Century 212