
AW Faber / Faber Castell Slide Rule BooksDetailed here are some of my slide rule books either published by AW Faber / Faber Castell, written specifically about the manufacturer or their slide rules, or containing substantial information on them.Additional slide rule material can be accessed using the links in the left bar under "Slide Rule Content Pages".
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Ich leiste mehr! Schule für den Selbstunterricht im Gebrauch des Rechenstabes
(c194050, AW FaberCastell, 3rd Edition)
Selfinstruction slide rule book published by A.W. FaberCastell, Stein bei Nürnberg. 3rd edition, has the refrence numbers "N/0912" and "Nr. 1/750" printed on the inside back cover flyleaf. Paperback with a distintive red binding and green cover measuring approx 5 3/4 x 8 inches. 69 pages plus pages for notes at the back, printed in monochrome with text and many illustrations. The book has 4, double page foldouts for models 1/91, 1/60, 1/87 and 1/22. These sheets have a labelled diagram of the slide rule, plus separate diagrams for the stock and slide. The sheets are perforated enabling the diagrams to be torn out and used for the examples. There is also a 4 page foldout with a large diagram showing how to read the scale divisions. The book is split into 2 sections, one for the "technical" slide rule and one for the "business" slide rule, each with general instructions and examples. There is a contents page at the back.
Instructions for the use of A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule
(c1896, Charles N Pickworth)
This instrution book was written in collaberation AW Faber. It is undated with no edition identifier, but from Rodger Shepherd's excellent article on these books in the Journal of the Oughtred Society (Vol 10 No 1 Spring 2001), this is version 1.1 from c1896. At the bottom centre of the front cover in small type is the printer "Pawson & Brailsford, Printers, Sheffield.". The book measures approx 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches and features a distinctive red spine with stiff green/grey covers. There are 35 pages of text and 12 figure sheets (49 Figures) printed in black on cream paper. The front is the title page and also lists "BY CHARLES N. PICKWORTH, Wh. Sc., Author of "The Slide Rule," etc." "MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761." "Gold and FirstClass Prize Medals." "MANUFACTORIES AT STEIN, GEROLDSGRÜN, AND NOISYLESEC." "HOUSES IN LONDON, PARIS, BERLIN, AND NEW YORK." "A. W. FABER, 78 READE STREET, New York." Inside is an indroduction, construction and scales description of Faber's slide rule, followed by detailed instructions with examples. Topics covered include proportion, multiplication and division, and powers and roots. There are addition sections for "Practical Illustrations of the Use of the Calculating Rule:" "The Trigonometrical Applications of the Calculating Rule:"
Instructions for the use of A. W. Faber's Improved Calculating Rule
(c1903, Charles N Pickworth)
This instrution book was written in collaberation AW Faber. It is undated with no edition identifier, but from Rodger Shepherd's excellent article on these books in the Journal of the Oughtred Society (Vol 10 No 1 Spring 2001), this is version 3.4 probably from towards the end of the period 19011904. At the bottom centre of the front cover in small type is stated"[PRINTED IN ENGLAND.]". The book measures approx 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches and features a distinctive red spine with stiff green/grey covers. There are 47 pages of text and 14 foldout figure sheets (55 Figures) printed in black on cream paper. The front is the title page and also lists "BY CHARLES N. PICKWORTH, Wh. Sc., Author of "The Slide Rule," etc." "MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761." "Gold and FirstClass Prize Medals." "GRAND PRIX (HIGHEST AWARD) PARIS, 1900." "MANUFACTORIES IN GERMANY, FRANCE and UNITED STATES." "HOUSES IN LONDON, PARIS, BERLIN, AND NEW YORK." "A. W. FABER, 78 READE STREET, NEW YORK." Inside is an indroduction, construction and scales description of Faber's slide rule, followed by detailed instructions with examples. Topics covered include proportion, multiplication and division, and powers and roots. There are addition sections for "Practical Illustrations of the Use of the Calculating Rule:" "The Trigonometrical Applications of the Calculating Rule:" "New Form of A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule" "A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule, 21 in. long"
Instructions for the use of A. W. Faber's Improved Calculating Rule
(c1909, Charles N Pickworth)
This instrution book was written in collaberation AW Faber. It is undated with no edition identifier, but from Rodger Shepherd's excellent article on these books in the Journal of the Oughtred Society (Vol 10 No 1 Spring 2001), this is version 5.1 from c1909. At the bottom centre of the front cover in small type is stated "PRINTED IN ENGLAND.". The book measures approx 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches and features a distinctive red spine with stiff green/grey covers. There are 55 pages of text and 13 foldout figure sheets (52 Figures) printed in black on cream paper. The front is the title page and also lists "BY CHARLES N. PICKWORTH, Wh. Sc., Author of "The Slide Rule," etc." "MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761." "Prize Medals from all Important International and Industrial Exhibitions." "MANUFACTORIES IN GERMANY, FRANCE and UNITED STATES." "HOUSES IN LONDON, PARIS, BERLIN, AND NEWARK, N.J., U.S.A." "A. W. FABER, 4147, DICKERSON STREET AND 6488, HECKER STREET, Newark (N.J.), U.S.A." Inside is an indroduction, construction and scales description of Faber's slide rule, followed by detailed instructions with examples. Topics covered include proportion, multiplication and division, and powers and roots. There are addition sections for "Practical Illustrations of the Use of the Calculating Rule." "The Trigonometrical Applications of the Calculating Rule." "Improved Form of A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule." "A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule for Electrical and Mechanical Engineers." "Instructions for the "Pickworth" Slide Rule." Also included after the last section and before the foldout sheets, but not listed in the contents, are 2 pages titled "Below is a List of the Various Calculating Rules supplied by A. W. Faber.", which describe 9 models (10 different varieties).
Instructions for the use of A. W. Faber's Improved Calculating Rule
(c1910, Charles N Pickworth)
This instrution book was written in collaberation AW Faber. It is undated with no edition identifier, but from Rodger Shepherd's excellent article on these books in the Journal of the Oughtred Society (Vol 10 No 1 Spring 2001), this is version 5.2 probably from towards the beginning of the period 190913. There is a stamp "DINSDALE. PRINTER and STATIONER, New Station Street, LEEDS." at the bottom of the front cover. The book measures approx 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches and features a distinctive red spine with stiff green/grey covers. There are 57 pages of text and 13 foldout figure sheets (52 Figures) printed in black on cream paper. The front is the title page and also lists "BY CHARLES N. PICKWORTH, Wh. Sc., Author of "The Slide Rule," etc." "MANUFACTORY ESTABLISHED 1761." "Prize Medals from all Important International and Industrial Exhibitions." "MANUFACTORIES IN GERMANY, FRANCE and UNITED STATES." "HOUSES IN LONDON, PARIS, BERLIN, AND NEWARK, N.J., U.S.A." "A. W. FABER, 149, QUEEN VICTORIA STREET, London, E.C." Inside is an indroduction, construction and scales description of Faber's slide rule, followed by detailed instructions with examples. Topics covered include proportion, multiplication and division, and powers and roots. There are addition sections for "Practical Illustrations of the Use of the Calculating Rule." "The Trigonometrical Applications of the Calculating Rule." "Improved Form of A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule." "A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule for Electrical and Mechanical Engineers." "Instructions for the "Pickworth" Slide Rule." Also included after the last section and before the foldout sheets, but not listed in the contents, are 2 pages titled "Below is a List of the Various Calculating Rules supplied by A. W. Faber.", which describe 9 models (10 different varieties).
Slide Rules, A Journey Through Three Centuries
(2000, Dieter von Jezierski, 2nd Edition)
Published by The Astragal Press, this is the updated, 2nd edition of Dieter von Jezierski's highly informative history of slide rules (ISBN 1879335948), translated from the German by Rodger Shepherd M.D. M.P.H. This book is avaliable here. 126 page, monochrome paperback measuring approx 8 1/2 x 11 inches, with many photographs and illustrations. Allencompassing collectors book with sections "Introduction", "History of the Slide Rule", "Technical Aspects of the Slide Rule", Slide Rule Makers and Their Models", "Demonstration Slide Rules", "Slide Rule Literature: A User's Guide", "Collecting Slide Rules". Fully referenced and includes a bibliography and appendixes "German registered designs and patents relating to slide rules" and "Slide rules of some German Makers".
Slide Rules, A.W. Faber, A.W. FaberCastell, Models, Types, Scales
(2014, Peter Holland, 7th Edition)
In cooperatio with Dieter von Jezierski, Günter Kugel and David Rance, this is the 7th revised edition of Peter Holland's selfpublished reference for Faber and FaberCastell slide rules. This book is still avaliable, subject to demand from Peter's website here. 192 page hardback measuring approx 6 x 8 1/2 inches, printing is monochrome, mainly text with some pictures and diagrams. Text is in both English and German. Musthave reference book for any collector with an interest in FaberCastell silde rules. Details and guide dates of all models made, and summarised cross reference of production years and major types. Information on model numbering, scales, OEM, materials, dating, cases, cursors, instructions, company history and worldwide penetration, patents and registered designs, and a comprehensive bibliography.
Slide Rules, Their History, Models, and Makers
(1999, Peter M. Hopp C.Eng. MBCS)
Published by The Astragal Press (ISBN 1879335867) this is an essential reference book for any slide rule collector, avaliable here. 310 page, monochrome paperback measuring approx 8 3/8 x 10 7/8 inches, mainly text with a few illustrations. Huge scope of fully indexed, indepth chapters covering slide rule history, descriptions and definitions, types, instrument makers and manufacturers from their inception to their demise. Appendicies comprising a glossary, bibliography, key dates and biographies, and information on patents, scales and gauge marks, dating and valuing, care, and historical context.
The Slide Rule
(c1919, C N Pickworth, 16th Edition)
Comprehensive silde rule instruction book, subtitled "A PRACTICAL MANUAL" inside. The is no publication date, but the preface to the 16th edition, attributed to Pickworth is dated April 1919. Publishers listed are Emmott and Co Limited (Manchester), D Van Nostrand Co (New York) and Emmott and Co Limited and Pitman and Sons Limited (London). The orange, cloth covered hardback book measures approx 5 x 7 1/4 inches and has 133 pages plus advertisements. Printing is monochrome, mainly text with example and a few diagrams. Inside by the same author are listed "LOGARITHMS FOR BEGINNERS." "THE INDICATOR : ITS CONSTRUCTION AND APPLICATION." "THE INDICATOR DIAGRAM : ITE ANALYSIS AND CALCULATION." "POWER COMPUTE FOR STEAM, GAS AND OIL ENGINES, Etc." In addition to the detailed slide rule instructions, hints and applications, Pickworth describes their principles, types, construction and accuracy. There are 8 pages of advertisements at the back. 
