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GEODEASIA or the Art of Surveying & Measuring Land Made EasyGEODEASIA or the Art of Surveying & Measuring Land Made Easy  This is the real deal and not a copy or a reprint. The first edition of this historic book was published in 1688.   This is a Twelfth edition published in 1793 and is in good condition considering it age. It is over 200 years old and an historically important book.   Reprints are available for research or general use, but few examples of the actual book come to market.

The author was John Love and this edition was published in New York by Samuel Campbell.  The following is a write-up by Bud Uzes an old time collector that I found online.  "Love published his first edition after returning from surveying in America. He was particularly concerned about the lack of knowledge exhibited by young surveyors in Carolina. Later editions of the book appeared for over a century with the 12th (1793) and 13th (1796) editions being published in New York.

The work changed little over the years, even considering the later revisions of Samuel Clark. Instructions are given in use of a Gunter chain and measuring angles with the circumferentor, plane table, and semicircle. There are also directions for taking field notes and measuring and calculating the acreage for plots of land. George Washington (1732-1799) studied surveying from Love's Geodaesia which was widely used in America."

I found another write-up for this book with more history and detail at this link a surveying outfit, BurntChimney, from North Carolina.   From reading this it seems that this was the first edition published for use here in the US or New World. 

The overall condition is nice, and as seen in the pics. The binding is tight and solid.  There is some foxing and stains.  Keep in mind it is over 200 years old.

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DKDK-GE-BK

Good  . . . . . $275.00

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Expedition Size TripodExpedition Size Tripod  This small light extendable leg tripod is unmarked as to maker.  The fittings look like Gurley.  I believe it is made of maple and for their expedition size transit or level.  It is in very nice overall condition.  The male threaded mount is 1 7/ 16 wide x approx. 12 TPI ".  Refinished and / or oiled this would rate as fine.   It stands 28" tall w/ the legs in. 

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RNO-GE-TPD

Fine  . . . . . $225.00

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Wooden Surveyors Compass / Instrument Staff2 Surveyors Wooden Jacob Staffs for Compass / Surveying Instruments    The wooden Jacob Staff on the left or top is a NOS marked Lietz that was probably made by K & E.  It still has nearly all of its original finish and has just minor scuffs from storage. It is a tapered 6 or 8 sided pole with a tapered tip waiting to be sized to fit your compass or other surveying instrument.  Very nice!!

On the right is a round pole marked Dietzgen with a decorative tapered top mount that has never been sized and is waiting for that instrument you have to be fitted to it.  Either of these would be the perfect piece for historical reenactments or similar uses.  Both of these wooden surveying Jacob staffs are in excellent / NOS condition and ready for use or display. 

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CC-3HX8-TP-1               CC-3HX8-TP-2 

Top . . . . . . Fine  . . . . . $125.00

Bot . . . . . Fine +   . . . . . $125.00      SOLD!!

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Gurley Expedition / Explorer TripodExpedition / Explorer Tripod  This is a nice condition almost miniature tripod that was made for the smallest transits or levels.  The size looks to be 2 7/8" x 12 TPI which a chart I saw indicated it was for Ainsworth instruments.   Other than missing 2 thumbscrews on 2 leg clamps the condition is very nice. 

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DKPH-TPOD-2 

Good  . . . . . $250.00

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Fixed Leg Surveying / Surveyors TripodFixed Leg Surveying / Surveyors Tripod  This fixed taper leg tripod is pretty nice.  The outside threads measure approx XX and XX TPI.  the cent hole is also threaded.  I do not know what it would fit, probably a level.

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SAZ-TPOD-17

Good + . . . . . $150.00

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Bridge City Tool PB-9 Plumb Bob SetBridge City Tool PB-9 Plumb Bob Set  This is in very nice condition.  It is in the original box and looks to be unused.  The bottom of the base is marked 1993.  There is some tarnish as it is beginning to develop a patina.  This can be polished or allowed to progress.  Nice!!   

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Fine . . . . . $125.00

RB-BCT-PB-9

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Brass Plumb Bobs2 Brass Plumb Bobs  On top is a 24 0z. Leitz / Sokkia, and the long stem one is unmarked.  Both have leather belt carriers and will be good users. 

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CHC-SOK-PB                         CHC-LS-PB

Good  . . . . . $18.00 Each

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OVB / Our Very Best Plumb BobOVB / Our Very Best Plumb Bob  See second pic for the engraved logo.  Nice enough.

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CHC-BOB-OVB

Good  . . . . . $15.00 

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Brass Plumb Bob3 Brass Plumb Bobs   On the left is a marked K & E / Keuffel & Esser # 6487 internal reel plumb bob.  It is near mint with nearly all its original finish.  Super!!

The large turnip in the middle is unmarked. The point does have some pitting.  Nice!

The small turnip bob on the right is marked Marples & Sons Sheffield.  It is very nice noting the top is a bit askew!!

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Left . . . . . Good  . . . . . $150.00     SOLD!!

Middle . . . . Good  . . . . . $60.00

Right . . . . . .Good  . . . . . $50.00

AMN-BPB-1         SOLD!!               AMN-BPB-2                    AMN-BPB-3

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Stanley #5 Cast Iron Plumb BobStanley #5 Nickel Plated Cast Iron Plumb Bob  80% or better of the original plating.  Good point. Marked wheel.  Nice overall condition.  

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SBRG-S-PB-2

Good + . . . . . $95.00

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Starrett No. 87 C Mercury Filled Plumb BobStarrett No. 87 C Mercury Filled Plumb Bob in Original Box   Like New /  Nice!!

RB-ST-87-BOB

Fine . . . . . $75.00

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Brown Sharpe Mercury Filled Plumb BobBrown & Sharpe Mercury Filled Plumb Bob   Smaller & skinnier than above.  Nice overall condition.  

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SBRG-BS-MPB

Good + . . . . . $40.00

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Hercules Brass Plumb BobHercules Brass Plumb Bob   From the Dynamite / Blasting Company?  Not sure, but see mark in second pic.  A bit different!!  Nice overall condition.  

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SBRG-HERC-PB

Good + . . . . . $25.00

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Chesterman / Rabone #558 100' Link ChainChesterman / Rabone #558 100' Surveyor's Link Chain    Nice!!

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AMN-100-CHAIN

Good . . . . . $295.00    SOLD!!

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K & E Compass / PointerK & E Compass / Pointer This looks like it might have come off of an Alidade.   Nice!!

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AMN-KE-C

Good . . . . . $20.00

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Machinist rules4 Steel Rules   These are all in nice condition.  On top is a PAT APPL'D rule of unknown use in some white German Silver type metal.  Next is a  12" Browne & Sharpe and then two 12" Starrett rules, one a #340 metric and one a #307 in inches.   

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AMN-4RULES-1

Fine  . . . . . . . $15.00 / Choice

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