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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, Burnt Chimney, 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  . . . . . $225.00

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Union Instrument Co. ProtractorUnion Instrument Co. Semi Circular Protractor   This WWII era Union Instr. Corp 8" protractor was made in Plainfield N.J.  Some spots of missing nickel but overall nice!!

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SR-UNION-P

Good +  . . . . . . $45.00

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Keuffel & Esser / K & E 1217 Circular Protractor Keuffel & Esser / K & E 1217 Circular 10" Protractor   This 10" Circular Protractor is marked with the K & E name but no number.  It looks to date from near the turn of the century and probably WWI era.  It is an upgraded model w/ tangent screw.  It is in overall nice condition!!

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SR-UNION-P

Good +  . . . . . . $150.00

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W. & L. E. Gurley No. 12 Surveyor's 33' ChainW. & L. E. Gurley No. 12 Surveyor's 33' Chain   Light rust that will easily clean or go away once oiled. Both handles are marked with different info.  Very Nice!!

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SR-G-33C

Good +  . . . . . . $295.00    SOLD!

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Keuffel & Esser / K & E 6411 Surveyor's 100' Chain Keuffel & Esser / K & E 6411 Surveyor's 100' Chain   Light rust that will easily clean or go away once oiled. Very Nice!!

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SR-KE-100C

Good +  . . . . . . $295.00

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Tripod Adapter 3 1/2 x 8 to 5/8 StudTripod Adapter 3 1/2 x 8 to 5/8 x 11 Stud   Aluminum.  To convert a standard 3 1/2 x 8 tripod to accept an instrument with appropriate female mount found on many newer instruments,    NOS / Nice!!

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SR-TRIPOD-ADAP

Fine . . . . . . $20.00 / Each

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Surveying Instrument 3 1/2 x 8 TPI Brass BasesSurveying Instrument 3 1/2 x 8 TPI Brass Bases   All are 3 1/2 x 8 TPI.  The solid ones are plain enough, not sure what the holes in the others are for.   You can stop looking for that odd ball size tripod and fit one of these under your instrument to make it the typical 3 1/2 x 8 TPI    NOS / Nice!!

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SR-TRAN-ADAP

Fine . . . . . . $20.00 / Each

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Tripod Thread Adapter 3 1/2 x 8 TPITripod Thread Adapter 3 1/2 x 8 TPI   NOS in a K & E box with part number 78 0104  It changes a 3 1/2 x 8 to a XXX.   Nice!!

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SR-POD-ADAP

Fine . . . . . . $30.00

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Treasure Hunters Dowsing Rod w/ Power TubeTreasure Hunters Dowsing Rod w/ Power Tube  Every serious gold seeker or treasure hunter needed one of these back in the day. It is not just a dowsing rod for water as is normally thought of, this version is a near magical POWER model if you believe the hype.

It is similar in concept to a Gold or Treasure seekers Spanish dip Compass that also have a power tube filled with magic nuggets to help in the search for treasures.  There is one of those Spanish dip Compasses pictured and described in my past sales archives on www.AntiqBuyer.com.  The address for that page is https://www.antiqbuyer.com/all_archives/misc-archives/miningarchive.htm 

This version looks more like a water dowser in design with its twin handles.  The power tube is filled with a special gold looking material that enhances its abilities.  The original handles are included but have suffered over the years and are now very fragile and have a tape repair. A past owner / user made a replacement pair of handles that look good and work just as well.

I heard one could take a course in using this sort of thing at Trump University but they are now closed, or at PT Barnum's continuing education site if you can find it.  Just send me the money.  On a more serious note though there are current day versions of these offered today for the incredible price of over 2K and a 3K model that has the added feature of a small wire antenna to further enhance power tubes ability. Oh Lordy!!   Here is the address to view that https://www.simmonsscientificproducts.com/pmr_ii.html   Other versions are offered on eBay for somewhat less for the bargain treasure hunters out there.  P. T. Barnum and Don the Con would be proud. 

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C-DOWSER

Good  . . . . . $295.00

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Jacob's Rod - Dowsing GuideJacob's Rod - A Dowsers Guide  A reprint of the original French instruction book from the 1600's on how to use the above Dowser and get rich quick.

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DKDC-BK

Good + . . . . . $50.00  or free with purchase of the above Dowsing Rod. 

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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 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  . . . . . $50.00

Right . . . . . .Good  . . . . . $40.00

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

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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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Starrett No. 87 C Mercury Filled Plumb BobStarrett No. 87 Mercury Filled Plumb Bob   Nice overall condition.  Still full of mercury to make it heavier and to help it stop swinging sooner.

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SR-SM-BOB

Good + . . . . . $50.00

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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 + . . . . . $15.00

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5 Misc. Iron Plumb Bobs5 Misc. Iron Plumb Bobs   A bit different!!   Nice overall condition.   Fill out the collection.

SR-BOBS-1

Good + . . . . . $6.00 Each / Choice

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brass plumb bobs2 General Brass Plumb Bobs   The big one on top with Gammon reel is a 12 oz.  The smaller one 8 oz.  Nice overall condition.  

SR-BOB-G1                    SR-BOB-G2  

12 oz.  . . . Good + . . . . . $12.00

8 oz.  . . . Good + . . . . . $10.00

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Lietz Brass Plumb Bobs3 Different Size Lietz Brass Plumb Bobs   The big one on top is a 32 oz. and the other two are smaller.  A bit different!!   Nice overall condition.  

SR-BOBS-L1                    SR-BOBS-L2               SR-BOBS-L3

Big . . . Fine . . . . . $25.00

Medium . . . Good + . . . . . $15.00

Small . . . .Good + . . . . . $10.00

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Plumb Bobs3 Different Size Plumb Bobs    A bit different!!   Nice overall condition noting a corroded tip on the large brass long stem on the left.  

SR-BOB-B1                    SR-BOB-B2                    SR-BOB-3

Left . . . . Big . . . Fine . . . . . $65.00

Middle . . . Good + . . . . . $5.00

Right . . . Iron . .  . . . .Good + . . . . . $15.00

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Reel in Top Plumb Bobs3 Different Size Reel in Top Plumb Bobs  A bit different!!  Nice overall condition.  The smallest on the right is marked Stanley Rule & Level. The other two are unmarked but that is not unusual.  The largest on the left would be a Stanley #5 which is Iron.  

SR-REEL-1                    SR-REEL-2                    SR-REEL-3

Left . . . . Big . . . Good . . . . . $65.00

Middle . . . Good + . . . . . $75.00

Right . . . Iron . .  . . . .Good + . . . . . $95.00

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Gammon Reel for use w/ Plumb BobNOS Gammon Reels for use w/ Plumb Bobs All are in NOS working condition. 12' length.   Nice!!

SR-GAM-1          SR-GAM-2           SR-GAM--3        SR-GAM--4

Fine . . . . . $10.00   Each Choice

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Surveying Rod TargetsSurveying Rod Targets  Different sizes and shapes.  Some are NOS.  Nice!!

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SR-TARGET-1          SR-TARGET-2           SR-TARGET--3        SR-TARGET--4           SR-TARGET--5

Fine . . . . . $15.00   Each Choice

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Keson Survey Pocket RodKeson Survey Pocket Rod   NOS.  6 1/2' Two sided pocket rod tapes. Nice!!

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SR-KP-ROD-1          SR-KP-ROD-2           SR-KP-ROD--3

Fine . . . . . $15.00   Each Choice

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Surveyors Stake TacksSurveyors / Survey Galvanized #14 Stake Tacks   NOS.  5 one pound boxes.

SR-TACKS

Fine . . . . . $8.00 Box or $25.00 Lot

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K & E Keuffel & Esser Point of Sale Countertop DisplayK & E Keuffel & Esser Point of Sale Countertop Display  Never seen this before.  A bit different!!  The perfect gift for the aspiring Engineer, Architect or K & E collector who has all the rest.  Nice overall condition.  

SR-KE-AD

Good + . . . . . $175.00

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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 . . . . . $15.00

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K & E - Keuffel & Esser Paragon Bow CompassK & E - Keuffel & Esser Paragon Bow Compass  Looks to be new and complete.   Nice condition!!

SR-DS-BOW

Fine . . . . . $7.00

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striding levelStriding Level  Not sure what this off of, an alidade, transit, or some other instrument, or if it is a stand alone thing.   Very Nice!!

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SR-STRIDE

Fine . . . . . $35.00   SOLD!!

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Alvin 1114 Map MeasureAlvin 1114 Map Measure   Nice!!

SR-MAPMES

Fine . . . . . $10.00

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Keuffel & Esser / Alvin Map MeasureKeuffel & Esser / Alvin Map Measures   There are several different models for different scales.  The boxes say K & E, but some of the devices are marked Alvin.  All seem to function.  Nice!!

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SR-6MAPMES

Fine . . . . . $10.00 Choice

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Gurley Cox's Stadia RuleGurley Cox's Stadia Rule  Unusual, and nice.

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LCM-COX-1               LCM-COX-2

Fine . . . . . $20.00

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Zig Zag Folding Rules by Lufkin / Keuffel & Esser / DietzgenZig Zag Folding Rules by Lufkin / Keuffel & Esser / Dietzgen   There are several different models.  The Lukins' are Red End 066 and NOS.  One of the K & E rules is for surveyors and in 10ths the other inches. Both are like new.  The two Dietzgens are both 4096 T and in inches.  Nice!!

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SR-7ZIGZAG

Fine . . . . . $10.00 Choice  $40.00 / Lot

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K & E 5702 Abney / Grade LevelK & E 5702 Abney / Grade Level This looks like new and little used.  Nice!!

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AMN-KE-ABN

Fine . . . . . $15.00

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K & E  Abney / Grade / Locator Level6 K & E  Abney / Grade / Locator Levels All are in working condition. Several different types / styles. Some are NOS like new / never used.  Nice!!

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SR-KE-ABN-1       SR-KE-ABN-2       SR-KE-ABN-3     

SR-KE-ABN-4       SR-KE-ABN-5      SR-KE-ABN-6

Fine . . . . . $15.00   Each Choice

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K+E Keuffel & Esser Co F 4236 Drafting Compensating Polar Planimeter K & E / Keuffel & Esser  F 4236 Compensating Polar Planimeter   Nice!!

SR-KE-PLANA

Good + . . . . . $30.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser 4236 Planimeter K & E / Keuffel & Esser 4236 Planimeter

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SR-KE-4236-PLAN

Good  . . . . . $20.00

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A. Lietz PlanimeterA. Lietz Planimeter Nice.

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SR-LIETZ-PLAN

Good +  . . . . . $35.00

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Crosby Steam Gage & Valve Co. Boston MA PlanimeterCrosby Steam Gage & Valve Co. Boston MA Planimeter   A type 2 Amsler polar Planimeter made in Switzerland for this famous steam engine gage company.  Very Nice!!

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SR-CROSBY

Fine . . . . . $45.00

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keuffel & Esser Tip Top Wyteface Tape MeasureKeuffel & Esser Tip Top Wyteface 6' Tape Measure   NOS Like new in the original box.   1/4" per foot.    Very Nice!!

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SR-KE-TIPTOP

Fine . . . . . $10.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser Stevens Wyteface 25' Tape MeasureK & E / Keuffel & Esser Stevens Wyteface 25' Tape Measure   For surveyors and marked off in 10ths / 100ths.  Like new in the original box.   Very Nice!!

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SR-25TAPE-B

Fine . . . . . $10.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser Favorite Long Line 30m Tape MeasureK & E / Keuffel & Esser Favorite Long Line 30m Tape Measure   For surveyors and engineers.  Like new in original blister pack.   Very Nice!!

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SR-FAV-30m-TAPE

Fine . . . . . $10.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser 85 002 Phoenix 50' 1/4 Woven Tape MeasureK & E / Keuffel & Esser 85 002 Phoenix 50' 1/4" Woven Tape Measure   For surveyors and engineers.  NOS -New in original box.   Very Nice!!

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SR-PHOE-50TAPE

Fine . . . . . $10.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser 85 0054 Phoenix 30 Meters Woven Tape MeasureK & E / Keuffel & Esser 85 0054 Phoenix 30 Meters Woven Tape Measure   For surveyors and engineers.  NOS -New in original box.   Very Nice!!

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SR-PHOE-30TAPE

Fine . . . . . $10.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser 85 0069 Phoenix 150 Foot Woven Tape Measure RefillK & E / Keuffel & Esser 85 0069 Phoenix 150 Foot Woven Tape Measure Refill    NOS in box.   Nice!!  I have several of these.

SR-KE150-FIL

Fine . . . . . . $10.00 / Each

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser 85 0073 Phoenix 100 Foot Woven Tape Measure RefillK & E / Keuffel & Esser 85 0073 Phoenix 100 Foot Woven Tape Measure Refill    NOS in box.   Nice!!  I have several of these.

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SR-KE100-FIL

Fine . . . . . . $10.00 / Each

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser 88 0111 Warrior Band Chain Style K 100 Foot RefillK & E / Keuffel & Esser 88 0111 Warrior Band Chain Style K 100 Foot Tape Refill    NOS in box.   Nice!!  I have several of these.

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SR-KE100-CFIL

Fine . . . . . . $15.00 / Each

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser 88 096 Invincible Band Chain Style K 200 Foot Tape RefillK & E / Keuffel & Esser 88 096 Invincible Band Chain Style K 200 Foot Tape Refill    NOS in box.   Nice!!  I have two of these.

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SR-KE200-CFIL

Fine . . . . . . $20.00 / Each

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Dating Your Surveying Instrument

Here is a link to a website that can help you date your Transit / Level or other Surveyor's Instrument.
http://www.surveyhistory.org/how_old_is_my_instrument.htm


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