Chit chatting with Marica over the weekend we briefly touched on some of the odd books we like to find. With Marica it’s old Stat Books. You’ll have to ask her about that.
Me? I’m fascinated with what I call reckoning books. Just imagine compiling such a book with out the aid of a computer. And, what useful tools they must have been to the working man. I envision a Dickens type character with his dip pen and ink well carefully and diligently putting numbers to paper. How useful it would be to have one of these books at hand.
This old book from1849 is in sad condition with no cover and loose pages. But, still fun. Full of important information such as Table of Income, Principal of Stamp Duties and the always handy table to Ascertain the Quantity of Hay in Stacks.
The 1905 Osborn’s Tables appears to be an important reference for bridge engineers.
The 1888 Julian’s Interest Book is 128 pages of interest calculations from $1 to $10,000.
Here’s one for Marica. 1934 Mathematical Tables from Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. It’s all Greek to me.
The little Green book is undated, printed in Switzerland. Formulae and Tables. Not really sure what it’s all about. I’m thinking electrical and the like
Most fun has to be the little red leather undated book from London. There’s really no title. It’s Horse Betting Odds and Payoffs. But, more interesting is it contains information on the house rules for betting, lists of Main British Airports, how to write letters, how to address members of royalty, points of law, income tax info, Wills, how to order meals and wine. What an odd little book.
So, there you go. Probably more than you wanted to know about the amazing reckoning books.