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English compendia

This form of compendium was offered by several makers in 17th-century England. The earliest example here [2] is dated 1602 and is the only known instrument signed by 'TW', whose identity is not known. It combines an equinoctial dial, a compass, a nocturnal and a lunar volvelle. Charles Whitwell in 1606 [3] dispenses with the nocturnal, but it is included by his apprentice Elias Allen in his silver example [1].

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