BSS Sales List (March 2014)
All prices exclude postage and packing
|CD-ROM – out of print issues (only) of BSS Bulletins||£15.00|
|DVD-R – all 82 issues from 1989 to September 2012||£25.00
|Binder for Bulletins. Yellow with BSS emblem on spine. Holds up to 12 issues.||£5.50|
BSS Monograph Series
|Christopher Daniel: The Equation of Time: The Invention of the Analemma. Monograph No.1.
A brief history of the subject (January 2006).
|Jill Wilson: Biographical Index of British Sundial Makers from the Seventh century to 1920. Monograph No. 2.
Gives details of over 1500 dial makers, working from the 7th to the 20th century, and includes the heyday of British scientific instrument making. Essential for conducting research into dial making
|Allan Cook: Mass Dials in Yorkshire Churches. Monograph No. 3.||£6.50|
|Mike Cowham: Altitude Dials. Monograph No. 4.||£12.50|
|John Davis & Michael Lowne: The Double Horizontal Dial – and associated instruments. (2009) Monograph No. 5.||Out of stock|
|Ian Butson, Jill Wilson & Tony Wood: Sundials in Museums in the British Isles.
Monograph No. 7.
|David Scott & Mike Cowham: Timekeeping in the Medieval World, a study of Anglo-Saxon and early Norman sundials, (2010) Monograph No. 8.||£17.50|
|Mario Arnaldi: De Cursu Solis: Medieval Azimuthal Sundials.(2012) Monograph No. 10.
The monograph is a scholarly study of this early form of horizontal sundial. It gives transcriptions and translations of the five main medieval manuscripts (in Latin) which are known and then critically reconstructs the sundials which they describe. The earliest of the manuscripts is dated to 989 AD and the others are generally 11th or 12th century.
Other BSS Publications
|Mike Cowham (Ed.): Sundials of the British Isles, Limited edition of 600 copies, 1st Ed (2005), pp 272 full colour.
A beautiful hardback book with 500 photographs and contributions from 28 authors.
|John Davis: Sundial Glossary – a sourcebook of dialling data (revised & expanded 2nd edition).
A glossary of some 600 terms, arranged alphabetically, used in dial making, time keeping and astronomy. With formulae and chronology and 29 appendices of useful dialling data.
|Jane Walker: Make a Sundial (revised 3rd edition with colour photographs)
Although originally written to cover school projects, a very useful introduction to making basic types of dial.
|John Lester (Ed.): Mrs Crowley’s Sundial Sketchbook of Devon & Cornwall, published jointly with the Antiquarian Horological Society
Facsimilies of sketches of sundials in Devon and Cornwall (some now lost) drawn by Mrs Crowley in the early 1960s, together with modern photographs and a commentary.
|Sundial Slides: sets of 6 in colour. Basic theory; early historical; early British Dials; dial types. 3 sets covering many modern and some well-known traditional dials.||£5.00|
|Mass Dials of Lincolnshire: CD-ROM||£15.00|
|BSS Postcards – packs of 10. 1: Scaphe dial, Cark, Holker Hall; 2: 19th century Celtic, Clynnog-fawr; 3: Heliochronometer, Dunchurch; 4: Vertical, 1749, Malmesbury House, Salisbury; 5: Polar cross dial, Bramdean.||£2.00|
Members Only Publications
These publications are only available to BSS members. Contact BSS Sales for details of current availablility and prices.
|BSS Fixed Dial Register 2005 (Separate volumes for North and South, Abridged and as a CD-ROM)|
|BSS Library Catalogue. Dialling books in the collection located at the Bromley House Library, Nottingham.|
Other Publications Distributed by BSS
|Christopher Daniel: Sundials, Shire Album 176, Shire Publications, 5th Ed (2000), pp 32
An excellent introduction to a wide variety of sundials.
|Margaret Stanier: Oxford Sundials (revised & expanded 2nd edition with 24 colour plates)
Photographs and accompanying text of many of the dials in Oxford.
|David & Dorothy Le Conte: Guernsey Sundials.
18 sundials on Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.
|Margaret Stanier & Alexis Brookes: Cambridge Sundials, (with 29 colour plates)
Photographs and accompanying text of many of the dials in Cambridge. With map showing locations.
|Margaret Folkard & John Ward: Sundials Australia
A well-illustrated book on the history of dialling, types of sun dial, how to make and install, mathematics and other useful in formation.
|Out of print|
|Caroline Martin: A Celebration of Cornish Sundials.||£4.00|
|Mario Arnaldi: The Ancient Sundials of Ireland
An illustrated study of Celtic and other dials; references and extensive bibliography
Other BSS Merchandise
|BSS Bow Tie: dark blue with BSS emblem||£7.00|
|BSS Tie: dark blue with BSS emblem||£9.00|
|BSS Ladies Scarf: dark blue with BSS emblem and yellow line edging||£16.00|
|BSS Lapel Brooch:||£3.50|
No longer available from the BSS but can be ordered direct from Crusader of Yeovil, Tel : 01935 433961
Please note: Postage and packing will be charged separately. Please contact me directly for current rates.
BSS Sales: Elspeth Hill, 4 The Village, Stonegate, Wadhurst, E. Sussex, TN5 7EN
Tel: 01580 201720 (please leave message on answer phone if necessary)
The Society has built up a reference library of specialist books and journals on sundials for use by members. Many are out of print. See the article in the December 2004 Newsletter. A library catalogue has recently been published. See above. Enquiries may be directed to the Society’s Librarian
As the BSS is affiliated to it, members may also use the library of the Royal Astronomical Society in London.
The North American Sundial Society has announced a series of digital facsimile reprints of rare books on dialing. Each volume in the series includes a reproduction of a centuries old dialling text not readily available elsewhere. For more information follow this Link
Jenkins, Gerald and Bear, Magdalen: Sundials and Time Dials Tarquin Publications, 1987, pp 15.
Cut-out models of 6 types of dial and sun related instruments
Jenkins, Gerald and Bear, Magdalen; The Sun, Moon and Tides, Tarquin Publications, 1991, pp 39.
Includes a cut-out model of an equatorial dial
Lennox Boyd, Mark: Sundials: History, Art, People, Science, Frances Lincoln, 2006, pp 176
A beautiful book that can be dipped into as a coffee table book yet has much to interest the expert, spanning the globe from Arab countries to Japan and the centuries from pre-history to now.
Rohr, Réne R J: Sundials, History, Theory, and Practice, Dover Publications, 1996, pp 142.
A clear and easy to follow exposition of dials and dial making
Waugh, Albert Sundials, their Theory and Construction, Dover Books, London and New York, 1973, pp 228.
A popular book that gives full design instructions together with several tables of relevant solar information
Adzema and Jones: The Great Sundial Cutout Book
Aked, Charles: A New Opusculum of Dialling References, privately published, 1997 pp 186
Botzum, R & C: Scratch and Sundials on Hereford Churches
Bryden, David J: Sundials and Related Instruments, Catalogue No 6 The Whipple Museum, Cambridge, 1988, pp 108
Cousins, Frank: Sundials, A Simplified Approach, John Baker, London, 1972, pp 247
One of the important and modern classic text books on dialling
Cross, Launcelot: A Book of Old Sundials and their Mottoes, TN Foulis, 1914, pp 102
Daniel, Christopher: Sundials on Walls, National Maritime Museum, Monograph No 28,1978, pp 25
Dolan, Winthrop: A Choice of Sundials, Stephen Careen Press, Vermont, 1973, pp 148
Drinkwater, Peter. The Art of Sundial Construction, 2nd ed, privately published, P Drinkwater, Church St, Shipston-on-Stour, 1987, pp 80
Earle, Alice Morse: Sundials and Roses of Yesterday, Macmillan, London & New York 1902, pp 461
Gatty, Mrs Alfred: The Book of Sundials, (Eden and Lloyd, ed) George Bell, 1900 pp546
Gouk, Penelope: The Ivory Sundials of Nuremberg 2nd ed – This can be supplied by BSS Sales for £9.00
Green, Arthur. Sundials Incised Dials or Mass Clocks, SPCK, London, 1978, pp 203
Henslow, Geoffrey: Ye Sundial Booke, W & G Foyle, London, 1935, pp 422
Herbert, A P: Sundials Old and New, Methuen, 1967, pp 198
Hogben, Lancelot: Science for the Citizen, 2nd Edition, Allan & Unwin 1940
Horne, Ethelbert: Scratch Dials, Description and History, Simkin Marshall Lid, 1929, pp 72
Marshall, Roy: Sundials, Macmillan, New Yolk, 1963, pp 126
Martin, Mrs Carolyn: A Celebration of Cornish Sundials, Dyliansow, Truro, 1994, pp 48
Mayall, R Newton and Mayall, Margaret W: Sundials, How to Know, Use and Make them, Sky Publishing 1973, pp 250
McVean, Colin: Sundials for Fun, privately published, Time Te as, Fairford, Gloucestershire,1995, pp 182
Mills, H R: Positional Astronomy and Astro-navigation made easy, Stanley Thornes, 1978, pp 267.
A very good book with a practical approach to many types of sundials
Pattenden, Philip: The Pelican Sundial, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1980, pp 52
Pattenden, Philip: Sundials at an Oxford College, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1979, pp 100
Price, Lawrence: Scratch Dials, Sun and Harvest Publications, 1991, pp 92
Ransom, Peter: A Dozen Dials, privately published, P Ransom, Rufus Close, Southampton, S018 8LR,1988, pp 56
A selection of dial; illustrated and wall supported by line drawings and a bibliography
Scarr, M M: The Dial, Queen’s College, Cambridge, Queens’ College, 1988, pp 9
Somerville, Andrew: The Ancient Sundials of Scotland, Rogers Turners Books Ltd, 1990, pp 104
Stoneman, Milton: Easy-to-Make Wooden Sundials, Dover Publications New York, 1982, pp 38
Trovillion, VA H: The Sundial In our Garden, Trovillion Press, USA, 1955, pp 50
Vincent, Carole: Time and the Sundial, privately published, 1988, pp 20
Wynter, Harriet and Turner, Anthony: Scientific Instruments, Cassell and Collier. Macmillan Publishers, 1975, ISBN 0 289 704030.
One chapter is devoted to sundials, with many historical dials photographed in colour
Favero. Enrico del: MERIDIANE, De Vecchi Editore, Milano 1999, ISBN 88-421-1697-9
A book to inspire, with fine (partly coloured) construction drawings, as well as many excellent photographs (in Italian)
Homet Jean-Marie: Les Cadrans Solaires, Ch Maison, pp 64.
Well illustrated, showing a variety of dials, including many painted vertical dials typical of European practice (In French)
Paltrinieri, Giovanni: Meridiane e Orologi Solari d’Italia, L’Artiere EdizioniWia, 1997, pp 263
An outstanding book by Italy’s leading sundial designer. Profusely illustrated, covering all types of dials and especially meridian lines, ceiling dials, and many dials in public squares and parks (fn Italian)
Wheaton-Smith, Simon: Illustrating Shadows, pp 298
Covers sundial design using ancient and modern methods including spreadsheets and CAD. Follow this link.
Zenkert, Arnold. Faszination Sonnenuhr. (3rd Edition with CD) Vedag: Deutsch, Harri, Verlag GmbH. ISBN: 3-8171 1579-2 Third revised edition.
The book shows the cultural development of sundials and gives guidance on building sundials. It contains a new CD-ROM with 108 sundial photos, programs for different kinds of sundials and II calculations (in German). USA, 1955, pp50