Mini-Gauntletette, marine chrometers/biography. Apropos Alex!

Many of you have this, seen it or perhaps is searching one.
Mine is from the latest(?)reprint 1976.
First edition came 1923.
Mini-Gauntletette, marine chrometers/biography. Apropos Alex!

Many are those who have tried and few have really come to complete books.
This is the Bible of the The Marine Chronometer.
Not one word to add.

2006 was this book released about the author Rupert T.Gould,
written by Jonathan Betts. 


Mini-Gauntletette, marine chrometers/biography. Apropos Alex!


That is one of the most fascinating and touching biographies I ever read.
It's a formidable welldocumented and an adventure to read.
Poignant and informative about the person Rupert Gould, 1890-1948.
Nearly on each of the over 450 pages, you get astonished over something.
What a man and what a life, still in 'modern' times.
The word omniscient has never been more correct to use.
It's an amazing book, which I still remeber,
even though I read it in November 2006.
Time for re-reading it now.
Please, if you ever want read a good book, join me.
You don't even have to be intersted in Marine Chronometers,
it just strengthen the meeting with Gould, and was only one side of him.

Inside a marine chronometer, made by the the Master of them all,
Victor Kullberg, 1824-1890, this one is from 1884. 


Mini-Gauntletette, marine chrometers/biography. Apropos Alex!

Read them both, if possible,
but otherwise 'Time Restored' by Jonathan Betts.

hej!

Doc

Re: Mini-Gauntletette, marine chrometers/biography. Apropos Alex!
03/10/2009 - 04:58
Excellent book, Mats! There is also Gould's short monograph which was a lecture presented to The Society for Nautical Research in 1935. "John Harrison and his Timekeepers." (Only 22 pages) It's a brief synopsis of Harrison's watches and clocks. But the language is just so beautiful. Its the height of English, like reading the speeches of Churchill Joseph
speaking of Harrison...
03/10/2009 - 12:03
Dava Sobel's "Longitude" was an excellent book on the obstacles Harrison had to overcome not only to create his marine chronometers but even more difficult to get the British government to respect its word!!!
Re: Mini-Gauntletette, marine chrometers/biography. Apropos Alex!
03/10/2009 - 11:22
Hello all! First post on this Forum, altough I am a long time silent reader! Just started to read R.T.Goullds biograhy by Jonathan Betts...and it looks promisig. Would love to get an example of that 1923 publication. Best regards, Carlo Torres
Welcome Carlo for one moment I thought it was the VC CEO posting :-) n
03/10/2009 - 12:06
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Re: Welcome Carlo for one moment I thought it was the VC CEO posting :-) n
03/11/2009 - 11:00
Thanks Alex! Even tough I spelled my name wrong on the Post (it´s Carlos Torres), exactly like the VC CEO, except for the Juan of course. Not the first time people look twice at my posts on other forums because of that. It´s amusing ;-) Best Carlos Torres
Re: Re: Mini-Gauntletette, marine chrometers/biography. Apropos Alex!
03/10/2009 - 13:03
Hi Carlos, Welcome! There is also an illustrated version of the book Alex mentioned which is excellent There is even a BBC movie with Jeremy Irons (I believe) playing Gould which cuts back between past and present showing Gould's efforts to rebuild H1 and Harrison's trials and tribulations. Its very well done. Joseph
Wellcome Carlos!
03/10/2009 - 21:37
You made a good choice Doc
I bought the first book (Marine Chronometer), same publication date
03/10/2009 - 14:34
when you introduced some books in a previous post some time ago. It's worth to read it and have it. Thank you for this my friend. Best, Patrice
Patrice, I promise you a fantastic mental journey
03/10/2009 - 21:40
with the other book. It's really in a class of it's own. Very special, and I know you will love it Hej! Doc