Sundials at an Oxford College
An account of the creation and restoration of the Corpus Christi College sundials
First edition. Slim paperback. 21 × 15cm, 100pp.
This book is the fascinating story of the sundials at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and the men who designed, built, and cared for them. The tale begins with the enigmatic figure of Nicolaus Kratzer, the Bavarian who became 'horologer' to Henry VIII and created the first sundial for the newly established College in the 1520s, and concludes with the 1976 restoration of the Pelican or Turnbull dial in the College's Front Quad. The author directed this restoration on the basis of his extensive researches in the College archives, and his account of this remarkable 400-year old monument is a triumph of historical detective work.
This copy is in very good condition, with a little light wear to the covers and a slight crease to the spine.