Gilt embossed blue card covers, 76 pages, numerous black & white images, including the hilarious lampoon by Sir James South of Troughton and Sims work for him in erecting a dome to house what was then the largest object glass for a telescope.* This and other material collected by E Wilfred Taylor and J Simms Wilson, bought up to date by Scott Maxwell. Privately printed for the firm. No date, circa 1960.
Contents include accounts of the work of John Rowley, Thomas Wright, Benjamin Cole (father and son), as well as Edward Troughton, William Simms and their successors.
* After an independent arbitration decided that the telescope mounting was fit for purpose, and not lacking rigidity as claimed, James South smashed the mounting to pieces in 1836. He then advertised the fragments for sale by means of a poster in which the Troughton & Simms firm as well as G-B Airy and his assistant Revd R Sheepshanks came in for much abuse. An image of the poster is shown.
Good example of the later enlarged edition of this work, almost as new.