The Linda Hall Library, a unaffiliated archive of historical science and engineering documents in Kansas City, MO has been working on digitizing their remarkable collection.  One of the nice things they've done is have pre-defined searches, for example the history of the parachute, or their archive of documents related to the building of the panama canal.  The most interesting, however, is their collection of books on timekeeping.  They haven't put up complete books yet, but have illustrations many of the 16th and 17th century sources of note, including Ferdinand Berthoud, Alexander Cumming and some of the engravings from Diderot and de l'Ambert's Encyclopedia.

Go take a look!

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Cardano, Girolamo, 1557. De rerum varietate libri XVII. Woodcut on p. 365

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American Qu'ran

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I'm a bit late to the party, but a sample of the American Qu'ran created by Sandow Birk.  It's a complete manuscript of the translated text with illustrations of contemporary American life.

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One of the 26 illustrations from Chet Phillips' Childhood

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I've taught this class, I'm sure of it

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Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955) La Danse

Leadpoint on tracing paper.

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Frank Jutzi has released an 8-day desk clock with a "mysterious" tourbillon.  The Tourbillon is centerally mounted within a sapphire wheel which allows it to float within the clock frame.  Hours are displayed at the top, via a jumping-hour complication.  The clock is decorated with engraved silver tree-trunks with climbing enameled ivy, upon which sit two lapis, opan and onyx-set Kingfishers, cast in 18kt gold.  Overall size is 28 x 45 x 16.2 (cm). 

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Pre-Bridges

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Queensboro Bridge, August 8, 1907 Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives

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Williamsburg Bridge, 1902, courtesy Shorpy

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By Carla Gannis, Assisant Chair of Digital Arts at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

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Ancient Scribal Recreation

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Between 2 fragments (K. 8520 : British Museum (London) and ND 4311 (IM 59264) : Iraq Museum (Baghdad)) archaeologists have recovered 80% of a fascinating tablet.  Written in the 7th C BCE, it contains two archaic, event at the point when they were written, forms of cuneiform, Old Babylonian signs (2nd and 4th columns) from about the time of Hammurapi (18th C) and Sumerian pictographs from approx 3400 BCE. 

See more information and speculation as to the reasons behind it in the full article by Cécile Michel.

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Dance of Death, c. 1894

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Although Albrecht Durer and other northern Renaissance artists are the most famous with respect to the genre, the Dance of Death persisted in German art until at least the cusp of the 20th Century.  This is a sample from a collection of prints on the theme by Joseph Sattler (1867-1931).
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Bovet for 2014

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Bovet is a brand whose watches often make the Rococo feel a bit plain and under-decorated, frequently based on technically proficient, but uninspired movements. For their new 2014 collection, they've got more of that, but also some actually interesting pieces.

First one of their old-style pieces, a massive 5-day tourbillon and retrograde perpetual calendar in an 18kt gold case that converts from a wristwatch to a pocketwatch. The movement is a Dimer (the movement division of Bovet) Virtuoso III, with 59 jewels, 21,600 vph.
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Some of the nicer new pieces, both in the Recital collection.

Recital 15 - Jumping hour, retrograde minute hand and something they're confusingly calling a "coaxial reverse seconds-hand", and a power-reserve hand, driven by the Virtuoso II with 33 jewels and a power-reserve of 5 days. The case is 42×12.8mm and 18kt white or rose gold. Clearly the rose-gold case is available with diamonds on the bezel.Recital 12 Monsieur - With only hours, minutes, seconds and power-reserve hands. The Virtuoso II Specialite movement has 33 jewels and a reserve of 7 days.
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The Recital 11 Miss Alexandra is back to the old style with a massive moon-phase indication over the time, set on a dial of guilloched mother-of-pearl. Notice that the hands form a heart-shape when they overlap, because it's a ladies watch! The movement is caliber 11DA16MP with 29 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 3 days.
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