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Papers of John Robison
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Edinburgh University Library Department of Special Collections

Hydrostatics, Specific Gravity

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 John Robison Dc.7.11



Extent and medium of the unit of description


bound volume

Name of creator

Robison | John | 1739-1805 | professor of natural philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Unnumbered manuscript notes and letters, with tables and sketches on water moving as a mass, the construction of hydraulic machinery, salts and specific gravity, and the stability of ships, and a printed volume of James Brown's 1785 booklet on "Directions for Proving Any Kind of Spirits, or Strong Waters, by Glass Bubbles". Interesting illustrations include a cutaway drawing of a piston, ca. page 11; cutaway of an oil lamp, ca. page 50; conjectural drawing of a pedestrian wheel for fording rivers, circa page 65; lovely sketch of a hydrometer, circa page 85; lovely frontispiece portrait and fold-out chart from Brown's miniature book on determining alcohol proof by specific gravity, inserted in middle of larger volume; beautiful cherub's face on rear of note-perhaps a pun-on the distillation of spirits, nearly exactly at book's centre.




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