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Orrery Collection in print

The Orrery collection was first published by R.T. Gunther in Early Science in Oxford, vol. I (Oxford, 1923), 378-382. Gunther included a transcription of Thomas Wright's "An Inventory of the Mathematicall Instrumts: in the Library of the Rt Honble: ye Earl of Orrery Deceast" of 17 September 1731, adding numbers to Wright's list.

The manuscript inventory remains at Christ Church; the Museum has a negative photostat in its Collection files.

Anthony Turner provides an illustrated study of the collection in Early Scientific Instruments: Europe 1400-1800 (London: Sotheby's, 1987), 231-254.

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