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Compass Chronicles

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Compass Chronicles by Kornelia Takacs
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Description

After the invention of the magnetic compass and its first use in Italy for travel in the 16th century, a ship's course could be constantly monitored, leading to exploration and world trade. This intriguing guide explores a wide range of fascinating pocket compass types. Examples shown date from the late 1700s to the 1940s, with a focus on the mid-1800s and early 1900s. Hundreds of compasses are discussed with 507 colorful illustrations and detailed descriptions. The history of their development is explored, special uses for signal corps and civilian groups are presented, and patented improvements are featured. Cases for compasses include wood, leather, and brass in distinct styles around the world. The variety of craftsmanship quality, style, and value can help to identify origin and make collecting enjoyable and rewarding.

Author Biography

Kornelia Takacs has studied and collected antique pocket compasses for many years, and enjoys learning about their mysteries through her research. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Release date Australia
January 1st, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
507 color photos
Imprint
Schiffer Publishing Ltd
Pages
176
Dimensions
216x279x23
ISBN-13
9780764333965
Product ID
4143640

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