JOHN BIRD OF LONDON. (PROOF BEFORE TITLE)

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John Bird of London. (Proof before title)

Mezzotint engraving, 1776.
Plate size, 13 15/16 x 10" (35.4 x 25.3 cm) plus large margins.
Good condition. Printer creases in margins, as issued.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 95720
Price: $600.00
Publisher : / Engraved by V. Green, Engraver to his Majesty, & to the Elector Palatine / Published Decr. 2. 1776, by V. Green, Engraver to his Majesty &c, Salisbury Street, Strand.
Scratch letter proof before title and description. “Engrav’d by V. Green Engraver to his Majesty and to the elector Palatine.”

Normal published version has: John Bird of London, Who furnished the Chief Observatories of the World, with the most Capital Astronomical instruments divided by him after an improved method of his own, in a manner superior to any executed before, for which, and many other Improvements in the Construction of Astronomical Instruments, he was honoured with a considerable Recompence from the Commissioners of Longitude. Died the 31st March 1776, in the 67th Year of his Age" and "Lewis Pinxit. Engraved by V. Green, Engraver to his Majesty, & to the Elector Palatine. Published Decr. 2. 1776, by V. Green, Engraver to his Majesty &c, Salisbury Street, Strand.

John Bird made several large observatory instruments, and some quadrants for Captain Cook's voyage in 1769. His instruments have a peculiar feature: the scales are divided not only in 90 degrees per right angle, but in 96 divisions. In the engraving he is shown with a beam compass and a drawing of a mural arc. Rare.
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