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    Re: Lunar trouble, need help
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2008 Jul 8, 11:21 +0100

    
    Ken Muldrew wrote-
    
    The following quote from _The_Industrious_Revolution_ by Jan de Vries (CUP
    2008) doesn't answer George's question, but it gives a context:
    
    "European watch production rose from the tens of thousands per year at the
    time of the pocket globe�s introduction [1697] to nearly 400,000 per year
    in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. ... Parisian inventories
    reveal that as early as 1700, 13 percent of servants and 5 percent of wage
    earners owned a watch."
    
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    Interesting stuff. Thank you, Ken. That information is all quite new to me. 
    Is there any reference quoted?
    
    Although you have the US edition of that book, supposedly from Cambridge 
    University Press, would you believe that the UK edition, promised for May 
    past, remains unavailable as yet. So it hasn't (yet) found its way even to 
    the Bodleian library. I have just ordered a copy, which will come from the 
    US. Such is the state of our once-great university publishing houses!
    
    In the meantime, I wonder whether the text provided any more information 
    about that "pocket globe", a term that's unfamiliar to me. Does the text say 
    whether that was a balance-wheel and spring device, as had recently been 
    invented by Huyghens and Hooke (separately)? Did it have a minute-hand?
    
    George.
    
    contact George Huxtable at george@huxtable.u-net.com
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK. 
    
    
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