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The Slide Rule and How to Use It by Hobart H Sommers et al
The Slide Rule and How to Use It by Hobart H Sommers et al
The Slide Rule and How to Use It by Hobart H Sommers et al

The Slide Rule and How to Use It by Hobart H Sommers et al

USD $20

This is a combined instructional manual and workbook for learning the basic rule scales.  It features a variety of exercises throughout the book, accompanied by large, easy to understand illustrations.  This book has been partially filled out by a prior owner with a pencil, but is in excellent physical condition.

Printed in 1956, 208 pages, hard cover spiral bound.

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The Dietzgen Maniphase Multiplex Vector Type Log Log Slide Rule N0. 1735 by Vernon G Lippitt, H Loren Thompson, and Ovid W Eshbach
The Dietzgen Maniphase Multiplex Vector Type Log Log Slide Rule N0. 1735 by Vernon G Lippitt, H Loren Thompson, and Ovid W Eshbach
The Dietzgen Maniphase Multiplex Vector Type Log Log Slide Rule N0. 1735 by Vernon G Lippitt, H Loren Thompson, and Ovid W Eshbach

The Dietzgen Maniphase Multiplex Vector Type Log Log Slide Rule N0. 1735 by Vernon G Lippitt, H Loren Thompson, and Ovid W Eshbach

USD $30

While this manual was printed specifically for the Dietzgen 1735, it is equally useful in learning any advanced rule.  This manual does not rely as heavily on diagrams, as it uses those initially to teach the use of the basic scales, however, it uses extensive text based explanations and exercises throughout the manual.  Manual is in very good condition with no significant wear or discoloration to either the cover or pages.

Printed in 1946, 163 pages, heavy paper bound.

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Hemmi Bamboo Slide Rule Instruction Book by Hemmi Slide Rules
Hemmi Bamboo Slide Rule Instruction Book by Hemmi Slide Rules
Hemmi Bamboo Slide Rule Instruction Book by Hemmi Slide Rules

Hemmi Bamboo Slide Rule Instruction Book by Hemmi Slide Rules

USD $15

This is an early guide from Sun/Hemmi on how to use everything from their basic up to their more advanced rules.  It includes some fold out diagrams for explaining scales, as well as diagrams and examples throughout to explain functions.

Printed in 1951, 107 pages, paper bound book.

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Style Rule by S Stephenson Smith
Style Rule by S Stephenson Smith
Style Rule by S Stephenson Smith

Style Rule by S Stephenson Smith

USD $10

This is an unusual guide that took using the slide rule as a guide to writing.  While not a guide itself on how to use the slide rule, it seeks to teach writers, editors, and the like to write in a clearer, more concise manner such that their words serve a purpose – much like the slide rule helps an engineer structure their claculations.

Printed in 1947, 23 pages, spiral bound.

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Using The Slide Rule in Electronic Technology by Charles Alvarez
Using The Slide Rule in Electronic Technology by Charles Alvarez

Using The Slide Rule in Electronic Technology by Charles Alvarez

USD $40

This book is in near new condition, and its spine has never been cracked.  This is a thorough guide to understanding everything from the basic scales up to the LLx scales.  It includes a wide variety of easily understood diagrams, as well as accompanying circuit diagrams for understanding the relationship between the calculations and the electronic design principles being demonstrated.

Third Printing, 1963, 108 pages, paperback book.

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The Slide Rule Simplified by Geo W Richardson and JJ Clarke
The Slide Rule Simplified by Geo W Richardson and JJ Clarke
The Slide Rule Simplified by Geo W Richardson and JJ Clarke

The Slide Rule Simplified by Geo W Richardson and JJ Clarke

USD $35

For a book that is more than 100 years old, this is in remarkably good condition; only minor wear to the corners, pages are in very good condition.  Makes excellent use of diagrams and example problems to explain usage of the common rule scales.

Seventh Edition,1918, 100 pages, paper bound booklet.

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The Slide Rule by International Correspondence Schools
The Slide Rule by International Correspondence Schools
The Slide Rule by International Correspondence Schools

The Slide Rule by International Correspondence Schools

USD $10

Designed as a guide for a correspondence course, this paper bound booklet offers an introduction to using the most common slide rule scales using a variety of diagrams, quizzes, and sample problems.  In middling condition with wear to the spine, corners, and damage to some of the pages.

1946 Edition, 84 pages, paper bound book.

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The Standard Manual of The Slide Rule by JE Thompson
The Standard Manual of The Slide Rule by JE Thompson
The Standard Manual of The Slide Rule by JE Thompson

The Standard Manual of The Slide Rule by JE Thompson

USD $20

Provides a brief history of the slide rule, and operation of the basic scales on a slide rule.  Very text heavy, with limited diagrams, although it does have a decent set of practice calculations and problems.  Heavy wear on the book’s dust jacket, but the book itself is in very good condition.

Second Edition, 1952, 216 pages, hardcover with dustjacket.

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Basic Slide Rule Operation: A Program for Self-Instruction by WS Mittelstadt
Basic Slide Rule Operation: A Program for Self-Instruction by WS Mittelstadt
Basic Slide Rule Operation: A Program for Self-Instruction by WS Mittelstadt

Basic Slide Rule Operation: A Program for Self-Instruction by WS Mittelstadt

USD $15

A well rounded introduction to using the most common slide rule scales, and completing more advanced calculations (squares, cubes, roots, etc).  Pages are in good condition with some discoloration around the edges, cover shows signs of wear in the corners, and the plastic spiral binding is only partially intact.

Second Edition, 1971, 235 pages, softcover with plastic spiral binding.

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Decimal Trig Type Log Log Slide Rule by Dietzgen
Decimal Trig Type Log Log Slide Rule by Dietzgen
Decimal Trig Type Log Log Slide Rule by Dietzgen

Decimal Trig Type Log Log Slide Rule by Dietzgen

USD $25

Like all of Ditzgen’s documentation, this is a clear and easy to understand guide on how to use a slide rule, including its more advanced trig and log functions.  It uses enlarged diagrams and sample problem sets (with answers) to walk students through using their rules.  In excellent condition with very little wear or damage.

Printed in 1960, 106 pages, soft cover.

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The Slide Rule by International Correspondence Schools
The Slide Rule by International Correspondence Schools
The Slide Rule by International Correspondence Schools

The Slide Rule by International Correspondence Schools

USD $35

This was an optional learning guide for students more than a century ago, which entailed completing the reading and exercises in the book with directions to mail in the complete work for grading via correspondence!  As a learning guide, it is quite comprehensive on using the basic scales of a slide rule, and uses for clear and thorough illustrations throughout the book.  The book is in excellent shape, minus the lone pencil marking on the front cover indicating it is “optional.”

First Edition, 1879 (you read the correctly!), 59 pages, paper bound.

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The Slide Rule and How to Use It by Sommers, Drell and Wallschlaeger
The Slide Rule and How to Use It by Sommers, Drell and Wallschlaeger
The Slide Rule and How to Use It by Sommers, Drell and Wallschlaeger

The Slide Rule and How to Use It by Sommers, Drell and Wallschlaeger

USD $10

This is primarily a work book that already has some of the sample problems filled in.  It is a fairly easy to follow guide with some diagrams for ease of teaching.  Overall condition is middling, with the corners showing a good deal of wear, and the ring-bound covers not in good condition.  It also has pencil markings on about a third of the pages.

Second printing, 1947, 208 pages, spiral bound soft cover.

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Understanding and Using the Slide Rule by Electronics Teaching Laboratories
Understanding and Using the Slide Rule by Electronics Teaching Laboratories
Understanding and Using the Slide Rule by Electronics Teaching Laboratories

Understanding and Using the Slide Rule by Electronics Teaching Laboratories

USD $30

This is a beginner’s guide to using the C, D, A, B, CI, CF, and DF scales of a rule.  It is rich with diagrams, and features some basic examples and problems to follow along with.  The book is physically in good condition with minimal wear, but does have some stamps from its previous library owner, and some minor scrawling on a few pages.

Second Printing, 1965, 96pages, hard cover with dust jacket and plastic covering.

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The Slide Rule: A Self-instruction Programmed Manual by James A Saxon and Herman S Englander
The Slide Rule: A Self-instruction Programmed Manual by James A Saxon and Herman S Englander

The Slide Rule: A Self-instruction Programmed Manual by James A Saxon and Herman S Englander

USD $40

This is an in-depth guide that’s not for the faint of heart.  It is a fully detailed workbook and instructional guide, which features diagrams for explanation, and quizzes/problems throughout the book to reinforce learning.  It covers all core functions of a slide-rule, including trig functions.  This copy is in near-new condition, with the spine never having been cracked, and only light wear visible on the outside cover.

First Edition, 1966, 196 pages, soft cover

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The Magic Calculator: The Way of The Abacus by Yukio Tani
The Magic Calculator: The Way of The Abacus by Yukio Tani
The Magic Calculator: The Way of The Abacus by Yukio Tani

The Magic Calculator: The Way of The Abacus by Yukio Tani

USD $15

This is a comprehensive and easy to understand guide on using the abacus.  It features very clear usage diagrams, along with a variety of practice problems and calculations, including an answer key at the back.  In excellent condition with almost no signs of wear.

Fourth Printing, 1968, 64 pages, soft cover

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Newnes’ Slide Rule Manual by DB Taraporevala Sons & Co
Newnes’ Slide Rule Manual by DB Taraporevala Sons & Co
Newnes’ Slide Rule Manual by DB Taraporevala Sons & Co

Newnes’ Slide Rule Manual by DB Taraporevala Sons & Co

USD $25

This is a very basic introductory guide to the slide rule, that uses a combination of diagrams and tabular data to explain rudimentary use of the slide rule.  This book is in good condition, with some wear to the cover and dust jacket, pages are in good condition.

Seventh Edition, 1970, 112 pages, hardbound with dust jacket.

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Understanding The Slide Rule by RF Graesser
Understanding The Slide Rule by RF Graesser
Understanding The Slide Rule by RF Graesser

Understanding The Slide Rule by RF Graesser

USD $20

Written with students in mind (this one has some notes from said students), this is a beginner’s guide to the core functions of using a slide rule.  Features some drawings/diagrams, as well as a variety of tables and mathematical examples.

Third Printing, 1968, 141 pages, soft-cover

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A Manual of the Slide Rule: Its History, Principle and Operation by JE Thompson
A Manual of the Slide Rule: Its History, Principle and Operation by JE Thompson
A Manual of the Slide Rule: Its History, Principle and Operation by JE Thompson

A Manual of the Slide Rule: Its History, Principle and Operation by JE Thompson

USD $25

A text heavy document, this book provides a great deal of historical information on the slide rule (pre-1930, obviously), it also provides mathematical examples and explanations of completing certain calculations.  Pages in very good condition, moderate-to-high wear on the spine and corners.

Second Printing, 1930, 220 pages, hardbound

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The Slide Rule and Logarithmic Tables by J.J. Clark
The Slide Rule and Logarithmic Tables by J.J. Clark
The Slide Rule and Logarithmic Tables by J.J. Clark

The Slide Rule and Logarithmic Tables by J.J. Clark

USD $40

A comprehensive guide to slide rule usage, this book includes a variety of diagrams and walk-throughs on calculations.  It also includes a section of data tables for conversion, and logarithms.

Third Edition, 1943, 219 pages, hard bound,

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The Mechanic’s Assistant: A Thorough Practical Treatise on Mensuration and The Sliding Rule by D.M. Knapen
The Mechanic’s Assistant: A Thorough Practical Treatise on Mensuration and The Sliding Rule by D.M. Knapen

The Mechanic’s Assistant: A Thorough Practical Treatise on Mensuration and The Sliding Rule by D.M. Knapen

USD $50

If the title of the book did not give it away, this book pre-dates most other guides.  It does not make use of any diagrams, only text.  Does appear to have the signature of the original owner on the front cover page.

Published 1849, 276 pages, hard bound, wear on the edges of the cover and top/bottom of spine, some discoloration on the outer page edges.

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Dietzgen Decimal Trig Type Log Log Slide Rule by Eshbach & Thompson
Dietzgen Decimal Trig Type Log Log Slide Rule by Eshbach & Thompson

Dietzgen Decimal Trig Type Log Log Slide Rule by Eshbach & Thompson

USD $35

This is a self-teaching instructional manual for the Dietzgen Deci Trig Log Log slide rule.

This book is carefully sealed in a plastic sleeve, and was not possible to confirm year of publication or page count.   It is in very good condition with no color fading to the cover, and only minor wear around the edges.

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K&E Supplementary Manual – N4083 Slide Rule
K&E Supplementary Manual – N4083 Slide Rule

K&E Supplementary Manual – N4083 Slide Rule

USD $30

This is a supplementary manual meant to accompany the N4081 Log Log Duplex Decitrig Slide Rule, and explains the application of the plan and hyperbolic scales to vector calculations for the Log Log Duplex Vector N4083 slide rule from K&E.

Fiendishly well sealed in a protective plastic sleeve, it is in good condition, was published during a year in the 20th century, and is constituted of a certain quantity of pages.

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The Slide Rule by Strohm & De Groot
The Slide Rule by Strohm & De Groot
The Slide Rule by Strohm & De Groot

The Slide Rule by Strohm & De Groot

USD $40

What happens when a  mathematician and civil engineer decide to write a book?  You get a comprehensive and easy to use reference for using a slide rule.

Second Edition, Second Printing 1951, 95 pages, hard cover, in excellent condition.  No wear on the spine or pages, only slight bending on the corners of the cover.

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Practical Use of The Slide Rule by Bishop
Practical Use of The Slide Rule by Bishop
Practical Use of The Slide Rule by Bishop

Practical Use of The Slide Rule by Bishop

USD $30

The collegiate guide to getting familiar with your most trusted partner:  your slide rule.  Uses detailed diagrams to explain slide rule functions, and includes exercises and solutions.

Reprinted 1950, 147 pages, softcover pocket book, some wear to the cover and corners, pages in good condition.

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K&E – 1939 Catalog
K&E – 1939 Catalog

K&E – 1939 Catalog

USD $40

A complete listing of K&E’s product lineup for the 1939 production year, which was certainly quite a year globally.  Includes a product price list affixed to the inside rear cover.

581 pages, leather hardbound, catalog in good condition, attached product list has fraying/damage to some of the pages.

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K&E – Catalog 42nd Edition
K&E – Catalog 42nd Edition
K&E – Catalog 42nd Edition

K&E – Catalog 42nd Edition

USD $35

A rare snapshot of history, this catalog of Drafting, Reproduction and Surveying Equipment and Materials, Slide Rules, and Measuring Tapes, is from 1954.  Includes detailed sketches of older equipment, some in partial color.

475 pages, hardbound with minor wear to books edges.  Pages in excellent condition.

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Dietzgen – Drafting & Surveying Supplies
Dietzgen – Drafting & Surveying Supplies
Dietzgen – Drafting & Surveying Supplies

Dietzgen – Drafting & Surveying Supplies

USD $40

This hard-bound catalog of Dietzgen’s various wares dates to 1928, and includes a sample of drawing and tracing papers on the interior cover.  An additional price list for the 1929 year is included fixed to the interior of the rear cover.

496 pages, in very good condition with no significant wear to the cover, spine or pages.

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Use of the 2/83N and 2/82N Slide Rules By S. Petry
Use of the 2/83N and 2/82N Slide Rules By S. Petry
Use of the 2/83N and 2/82N Slide Rules By S. Petry

Use of the 2/83N and 2/82N Slide Rules By S. Petry

USD $40

A comprehensive guide to Faber Castell’s premiere slide rules, this is effectively the user manual for the Rolls Royce of slide rules, outlining how to use all of the various functions of the rule.

1970, 118 pages, soft cover in good condition, minor wear to the sine and cover edges, pages in excellent condition.

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Teach Yourself Books: The Slide Rule by Burns Snodgrass
Teach Yourself Books: The Slide Rule by Burns Snodgrass

Teach Yourself Books: The Slide Rule by Burns Snodgrass

USD $40

Provides an overview of basic slide rule functions, as well as specific instructions for electrical, chemical, and trig functions on specialized rules.  Has a separate section for less common rule types (circular, cylindrical, watches, etc).  Includes exercises and answer key.

Revised Edition, 1972, 181 pages, hard-cover with dust jacket, in very good condition.  Pages in excellent shape with no discoloration or wear.

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Longman’s Modern mathematical Series: Slide-Rule Notes by Dunlop & Jackson
Longman’s Modern mathematical Series: Slide-Rule Notes by Dunlop & Jackson
Longman’s Modern mathematical Series: Slide-Rule Notes by Dunlop & Jackson

Longman’s Modern mathematical Series: Slide-Rule Notes by Dunlop & Jackson

USD $40

A hard cover but still highly portable, this is a very early  how-to guide on using the slide rule.  Does include drawings and detailed explanations.

General Edition, 1913, 127 pages.  In very good condition, no damage to pages or cover, slight folding of cover at the corners.

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Simplify math: Learn to Use The Slide Rule by Electronic Teaching Laboratories
Simplify math: Learn to Use The Slide Rule by Electronic Teaching Laboratories
Simplify math: Learn to Use The Slide Rule by Electronic Teaching Laboratories

Simplify math: Learn to Use The Slide Rule by Electronic Teaching Laboratories

USD $30

Convenient pocket sized guide for enhanced slide-rule based mathematical learning, features easy to understand diagrams, sample problems, and an answer key at the back of the book is included.

First edition, 1966, 96 pages.  Has ink damage on the front cover, and the cover and spine have moderate wear.  Pages are all intact and in good condition.

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Principles and Practices of The Chinese Abacus
Principles and Practices of The Chinese Abacus

Principles and Practices of The Chinese Abacus

USD $40

An authoritative guide to understanding and using the Chinese Abacus, this paperback, pocket-book sized includes thorough explanations for the parts of an abacus, but also diagrams and exercises for reading out numbers, and conducting various calculations.

Fourth Edition, 314 pages, printed in Hong Kong

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An Easy Introduction to The Slide Rule by Isaac Asimov
An Easy Introduction to The Slide Rule by Isaac Asimov

An Easy Introduction to The Slide Rule by Isaac Asimov

USD $40

A soft-cover pocket sized guide to the slide rule, with a hard plastic protective cover fitted to the jacket, written by famous Sci-Fi author Isaac Asimov.  Includes easy to understand drawings.

Published in 1965, 158 pages, cover has been repaired, but pages are in excellent condition with no tearing or edge damage.

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Simplifying The Slide Rule by Robert W. Marks
Simplifying The Slide Rule by Robert W. Marks

Simplifying The Slide Rule by Robert W. Marks

USD $40

This softcover pocket book is a complete guide on how to use and understand a slide rule, and includes easy to follow diagrams.  Published 1966 by Bantam Unifact books, 139 pages.  In good condition, some wear on the covers, spine not broken in or creased.

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