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The strength of those who have gone before should not be gleaned solely from histories or random quotations.

True inspiration and power lie in the original works.


I think what you are doing is wonderful. If I had read about it before seeing the books, I would have wondered whether I wouldn't rather have photographic copies of the original editions, but actually handling these made me really want them. I think what is apparent, and what makes them so desirable, is the obvious care taken over the work: if these were hastily or sloppily done they wouldn't appeal at all, but they are so clearly a labour of love that I think everyone will want them.

Professor Tony Mann (University of Greenwich)

The books arrived yesterday. I think they are amazing. The quality of the reproduction is perfect and they are very nicely bound. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

John Denniss (Historian and collector of Early English arithmetic texts)

The parcel of your publications arrived today — they look absolutely fantastic. I'm sure that the introductory notes will also prove to be very useful to readers.

Gareth Roberts (Emeritus Professor, Bangor University)

I have received the facsimile copy of Robert Recorde's The Grounde of Artes — and very wonderful it is too. An excellent and well made reproduction that has the enormous merit of not trying to look falsely antique and yet conveys perfectly the text of the original with great clarity.

Richard Simpson (Mathematics Teacher)

The Grounde of Artes is an amazing facsimile of one of the earliest arithmetic texts in English. Until now, it has been available to researchers and the curious student in the form of microfilm copies in major university libraries. The reader also, thanks to Thomas Gordon Roberts, learns a great deal about early printing methods, as well as the life of the polymath Robert Recorde. Amazing!

Arthur C. Howard (Amazon Reviewer)

The book is great--for a certain kind of reader. I found this book to be amazing. I must admit, the sixteenth century typesetting took a little getting used to, but the material is wonderful. Personally, I have training in reading old typography and old languages, so it was easy for me. As a student of the history of the English language, a student of mathematics history and a mathematics educator, I found a wealth of valuable information and a fun read.

Michael McConnell on April 30, 2015 (Amazon Reviewer)

I'm really pleased with this book. A comprehensive and explicit work covering a wide range of railway mechanical signalling. I was particularly interested in signalling schemes, and this book provides an excellent overview.

Eric (London) on 3 May 2015 (Amazon Reviewer)

What you get is what is written on the cover. A superb book if you wish to learn about railway signalling. This is an early twentieth century book now produced in twenty first century style. Plans, diagrams and drawings are easy to read and colour enhances them. This is a very informative book.

Anthony W Brown on 14 Sep 2015 (Amazon Reviewer)

Excellent book giving good coverage of the subject.

Dave on 19 Feb 2015 (Amazon Reviewer)

Great historical signalling and track work reference. Probably the best reference on this subject that I have seen. Because it's a reprint rather than a new work, then the historical accuracy can be taken as good. The diagrams have been revised to great effect.

By Rob Smart on 15 October 2015 (Amazon Reviewer)

All About Traditional British Railway Mechanical Signals and Associated Equipment. A very detailed and informative book - interesting for the railway signalling enthusiast particularly in regard to mechanical signals. A must for anyone involved with signals on a preserved or heritage railway.

Amazon Customer on May 8, 2016

The Whetstone of Witte  is an amazing facsimile of one of the earliest arithmetic treasures of the English speaking world. Until now, it has been available to researchers and the curious student in the form of microfilm copies in major university libraries. The reader also, thanks to Gordon Roberts, learns a great deal about early printing methods, as well as the life of the polymath Robert Recorde. Amazing!

Arthur C. Howard (Amazon Reviewer)

I would just like to compliment you on the superb facsimile of Napier’s A Description of the Admirable Table of Logarithmes translated by Wright (bought in paperback from Amazon). It is a fitting tribute to the 400th Anniversary in 2014 of their first publication in Latin in 1614. Some facsimiles of old books by other publishers are poor but this shows what can be done with care and attention.

David Walker (eMail to the Publisher)

(This) book gave me a delightful read. I just read it from cover to cover ... the flow of the story was great, much aided by the way in which (it) introduced context. I was very taken with (the) reference to what made up a printed book. Not too many readers would have known beforehand that most books were bought and sold unbound, which affected both price and durability.

Jack Williams (Author of Robert Recorde - Tudor Polymath, Expositor and Practitioner of Computing)

(This book) is a veritable tour de force and a real pleasure to read. (The) commitment to putting the ‘Recorde’ straight is quite remarkable ... ensuring its accessibility to a wide audience.

Gareth Roberts (Editor of Robert Recorde - The Life and Times of a Tudor Mathematician)

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