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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

Date(s)

c1780-c1803

Extent and medium of the unit of description

1

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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