Competition - The longest book title

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  1. Richard Watkins

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    Tony Mercer "Chronometer makers of the world" says that the honour for longest book title in horological literature goes to Fritts for

    "The watch adjuster’s manual being a practical guide for the watch and chronometer adjuster in making, springing, timing and adjusting for isochronism, positions and temperature”

    Does anyone know of a longer one? I suspect 16th century and earlier might have to be excluded as some very early books have wonderfully verbose titles.
     
  2. Richard Watkins

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    Tony Mercer "Chronometer makers of the world" says that the honour for longest book title in horological literature goes to Fritts for

    "The watch adjuster’s manual being a practical guide for the watch and chronometer adjuster in making, springing, timing and adjusting for isochronism, positions and temperature”

    Does anyone know of a longer one? I suspect 16th century and earlier might have to be excluded as some very early books have wonderfully verbose titles.
     
  3. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

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    There are many very long titles in Books up to the 19th century:

    My horological database has allows for 120 caracters in the title and 100 more characters in the subtitle, and there are scores of entries where these two fields are not enough to accomodate the title as printed on the frontispiece. So I abreviate them in the available space, so dont know which one is the longest:

    Just one more example:

    Account of Improvements in Chronometers made by Mr. John Sweetman Eiffe, for which a reward was granted by the Board of Longitude, wth an appendix containing Mr. Robert Molineux's specifications of a patent for improvemnts in Chronometers ....

    this is an 1842 32 page book by Eiffe for which a facsimile reprint was issued by Callwey in 1977.


    Another example is
    Marpergers 1723 book (288pages):

    Horologiographia oder Beschreibung der Eintheilung und Abmessung der Zeith, sonderlich des Tages und der Nachtstunden, und zwar jener bey hellen Sonnen-Schein durch die Sonnenzeiger, dieser durch die Beobachtung der Gestirne und des Mondes, nebst ...

    There are many similar examples


    Fortunat Mueller-Maerki
     
  4. Modersohn

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    I wonder at what point the title started to be considered a name, as opposed to a description of the contents.

    Jessica
     

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