A set of geometrical solids made for Larkin by William Harris & Co. 50, High Holborn. Paper label on lid dirty and ink stained as shown. Interior label of Harris single minor stain. Lid broken and repaired, top of box parts missing for lid to slide in, base has two longitudinal cracks but intact. Solids all numbered but do not correspond with numbering in Larkin’s 1820 publication “Introduction to Solid Geometry.” Patent on Harris label refers to Harris 1811 telescope patent and not to the solids.William Harris fl. 1800-41 at 50 High Holborn. label printed by Silvester 27 Strand, listed in Pigot from 1800, by 1825 listed as Silvester and Co.
Contains: 14 flat shapes, 3 pyramidal, 1 cube, 1 prism, 1 cone, 20 more complex solids= total 40 pieces.
4 solids have some pencil markings
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Fletcher Wallis sells objects and books relating to the history of science, medicine and technology from his unit at Admiral Vernon Arcade Portobello Road. He publishes books through Vernier Press, including Antique Medicine Chests, and Corkscrew Patents from 1795. He has been dealing for thirty five years.