Daumas, M.: Scientific Instruments of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Author
Daumas, Maurice

Title
Scientific Instruments of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Publisher
Praeger Publishers, 1972


Maurice Daumas, professor of history of technology, was one of the first scientists to look into the history of science in France. He was especially interested in industrial archeology and the role of scientific instruments in the progress of science. I used the book when I was writing my post “Fashion Meets Scientific Progress: The “Spy Fan”.

Timperley, C. H.: A Dictionary of Printers and Printing: With the Progress of Literature, Ancient and Modern

Author
Timperley, Charles Henry

Title
A Dictionary of Printers and Printing: With the Progress of Literature, Ancient and Modern; Bibliographical Illustration, etc. etc.

Publisher
H. Johnson, 1839


This is a great, historical source. Mr. Timperley lived from 1795-1861, mainly in Manchester. He was a printer himself and wrote about the printing business. He had an adventurous life: He fought in the battle of Waterloo and was wounded. You can read the book online here.  It was helpful for me when I did research for my post “A Writer’s Travel Guide to London’s Bookbinding Trade”.

Twyman, M.: Printing 1770 – 1970

Author
Twyman, Michael

Title
Printing 1770 – 1970, an illustrated history of its developments and uses in England

Publisher
The British Library, 1998


This most useful book provides information about the printing business and new printing techniques in the Regency period. While I read it, plot bunnies started hopping all around me. You can read here the story they carried with them, and find out which historical facts inspired them.