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June 14, 2009

Moxon is available in the original tongue.

Filed under: Historical Material,Moxon,Of Interest,Publications,The Trade,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 12:54 pm

Gary Roberts over at Toolemera now has a Moxon facsimile available for the first time.





And all of this for $22.40 and that includes shipping.  I have read this version and I am grateful for Gary to offer Moxon as originally published and with all the other sections.  Blacksmithing, Bricklaying, Turning, Carpentry, Joinery and Sun Dial making.

It is important to read it all because Moxon was clever to not include all information in each of the individual pamphlets, but made references to other sections requiring the craftsmen to purchase all of the sections.  Clever idea, and there is a great deal of information relating to woodworking in all the other sections.

Moxon must be read in its entirety to get the most out of this remarkable publication.



  1. Thanks Stephen, this is excellent news!

    Comment by Bob Rozaieski — June 15, 2009 @ 6:09 am

  2. Stephen, thanks for noting Moxon going live. It’s interesting that he was so annoyed at people buying only parts of his series that he threatened to toss those sections onsold once people had purchased the parts they wanted. He further sought to have potential buyers subscribe to the entire set rather than purchase the serials bit by bit. Not one of the conservative sort, Moxon readily bucked the mainstream in an effort to make a living. The more I read about him, the more I realize he was quite the upstart and radical in his day!


    Comment by Gary Roberts — June 15, 2009 @ 10:50 am

  3. Bob,

    Excellent indeed.


    Well then he is one of us. And by the way I received my copy in the post today, thank you.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — June 15, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  4. Stephen – well, not actually the =first= time…I have a complete copy of Moxon (same edition as Gary Robert’s fine reprint) printed in 1970 as a facsimile. The facsimile edition was printed by University Microfilms which, at the time, was a Xerox Company located in Ann Arbor MI.

    Comment by P.M. Leenhouts — June 17, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

  5. PM,

    I stand corrected, which I don’t take sitting down. I had heard of other copies and my choice of words was from exuberance of this edition. Thanks for your comment.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — June 17, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

  6. Welll… the UMI edition,which is available in either microfilm or microfiche, is a copy that has been moved over to a digital medium for storage. The original microfilms have been slowly deteriorating with age. Open a microfilm cabinet that has not been checked in years and you get a wiff of vinegar. As for microfiche, it’s getting harder and harder to find a microfiche reader or parts for an existing older model.

    This edition is fully digital with no in-between photograph to microfilm step. Photograph to microfilm or microfiche was the state of the art for years. Some people today still contend that microfilm will last longer than a high quality CD or DVD copy. I can say from experience that is not so. At my recently last job, we ditched every single microfilm due to failing quality. Everything was available from either UMI or other sources in digital formats (typically the original microfilm had been digitized).

    Gary (being pedantic)

    Comment by Gary Roberts — June 17, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

  7. Stephen, Gary – I am delighted to see the fully digital version appear; Moxon will reach a much wider audience due to Gary’s efforts. I hadn’t realized that microfilms/fiche break down so fast – my next purchase will be one of Gary’s digital copies!

    Comment by P.M. Leenhouts — June 17, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

  8. There’s been a mythology in archival circles for years that microfilm would outlast all other media. Of course they said the same thing of Kodacolor prints. Microfiche are the most stable of the film media. The problem is… microfiche readers are hard to find and the detail in the fiche is lousy. Blow it up to printable size and you have tons of garbage in there. But at the time, it was state of the art.

    I’m waiting for solid state media to come down in price and increase in size. Now that will be a storage media I can live with.


    Comment by Gary Roberts — June 17, 2009 @ 11:47 pm

  9. Speaking of color prints, negatives and slides, I just found a reasonably priced film scanner and soon will be able to scan all of my slides. I shot 54 rolls of film, 36 exposures each, while at the Smithsonian in 1976. I have several thousand slides of museums and restoration work I have taken over the years. It will be nice to have them in digital format.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — June 18, 2009 @ 5:32 am

  10. Stephen… you’re going to need a bonafide website soon! We expect to see all of those slides online, of course.


    Comment by Gary Roberts — June 18, 2009 @ 9:25 am

  11. Stephen – I am looking for just such a scanner. I have over 20 thousand slides and prints to scan (from my time in the service for the most part)- working on them at the rate of 10-12 a day is taking forever (I’m using a flat-plate scanner). Can you say what you are using and how you like it? Pete

    Comment by P.M. Leenhouts — June 19, 2009 @ 5:12 pm

  12. Gary,

    Yeah, you are probably right.


    I just ordered the scanner and am expecting it next week. I will let you know when I have had an opportunity to try it out.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — June 21, 2009 @ 6:36 am

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