The most comprehensive modern work on the subject. An essential reference for collectors.
Drawing Instruments; Michael Scott-Scott; Shire Album 180; pub: Shire Publications Ltd.
A useful introduction covering traditional style British instruments from 1850 - 1950
Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550 - 1851; Gloria Clifton; pub: Zwemmer/National Maritime Museum
A monumental reference work which cannot be too highly recommended
Handlist of Scientific Instrument Makers' Trade Catalogues 1600 - 1914; RGW Anderson, J Burnett and B Gee; National Museums of Scotland Information Series No. 8
A very useful reference document; there are however some important catalogues available in British libraries & museums which are not listed
Slide Rules, Their History, Models and Makers; Peter M Hopp; pub: Astragal Press (1999)
The most comprehensive book on slide rules, packed with information
Practical Draughtsmen's Work, Paul N Hasluck, pub:Cassell & Co Ltd (1901)
Text book on architectural drawing and map making at the start of the twentieth century. 18 page chapter on drawing instruments
The Construction and Principal Uses of Mathematical Instruments; M. Bion, Translated and Supplemented by Edmund Stone; pub: originally 1758, reprinted 1995 Astragal Press
A fascinating book. 325 small folio size pages with 30 plates illustrating the instruments of the eighteenth century. Detailed instructions on the use of such instruments as the sector and Gunter's rule.
Milestones of Kern & Co. AG on the Internet, see links page
A brief history of the firm and information on dating instruments.
Partners in Creating - The first century of K&E 1867-1967; William Franklin; Keuffel & Esser, 1967
A history of the firm.
An Introduction to the History of Elliott Brothers up to 1900; Gloria Clifton, Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society No 36, 1993
A useful paper on the firm which is the subject of ongoing research
Tours Around Members' Collections - A Collector's Tale, David M Riches, Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society No 83, 2004
A description of the author's experiences whilst building up his collection
A Treatise on Mathematical Instruments, J F Heather MA, John Weale, London (1851)
A useful mid C19 reference. Good section on the use of the sector.
Keuffel & Esser Co. Catalogue, 37th Edition, 1928
(I have many other catalogues, all of which are useful references)
A 548 page, hard bound volume, containing about 260 pages of drawing instruments, slide rules, and related items. Still available from old book dealers reasonably priced - I paid $25 for my copy.
The Oughtred Society Slide Rule Reference Manual, Editors Ted Hume & Bob Koppany, Striking Impressions, 2005
Covers types of rule, how to use one, typical slide rules, history, collecting, conservation
The Modern Carpenter Joiner and Cabinet Maker, Compendium of Drawing & Drawing Instruments, G Lister Sutcliffe, Editor, Roy Underhill, Consultant, National Historical Society, 1990
Facsimile edition of Volume III of a 1902 publication. 30 pages on instruments.
Mathematical Drawing and Measuring Instruments, William Ford Stanley, 7th Edition, E & F N Spon, 1900
The classic book on drawing instruments published in several editions. This one has 370 pages. Expect to pay £100 or more for a copy but well worth it.
The Slide Rule: A Practical Manual, C N Pickworth, 14th Edition, Whittaker & Co, 1916
One of the best early manuals. Adverts and descriptions for British rules of the period.
Teach Yourself Books, The Slide Rule, Burns Snodgrass, English Universities Press
Written around Unique slide rules; Snodgrass was the proprietor of Unique.
A Century of Scientific Instrument Making 1853-1953, Cecil J Allen, W F Stanley & Co, 1953
A history of the W F Stanley firm.
Brass & Glass, Scientific Instrument Making Workshops in Scotland, T N Clarke, A D Morrison-Low & A D C Simpson, National Museums of Scotland, 1989
The definitive work on Scottish instrument makers.
Engineering Drawing, Thomas E French, McGraw Hill, 1st Ed, 8th Impression, 1911
Probably the best American textbook on engineering drawing, with a chapter on instruments. Published over very many years so get a later edition as well as it was much revised. Can be bought for as little as $1.
Collecting and Restoring Scientific Instruments, Ronald Pearsall, David & Charles, 1974
Excellent chapter on restoration.
Scientific Instruments 1500-1900, An Introduction, Gerard L’E Turner, Philip Wilson, 1998
A good introduction to the subject by one of the world’s foremost experts on scientific instruments.
Making Scientific Instruments in the Industrial Revolution, A D Morrison-Low, Ashgate, 2007
Looks at the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the instrument making trade.
Aneroid Barometers and their Restoration, Philip R Collins, Baros Books, 1998
Detailed book on aneroid barometers covering every aspect.