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Old 4th May 2021, 04:52 PM   #1
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What's the oldest "electronics" book on your bookshelf?
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I have a copy of Spangenberg "Vacuum Tubes", First edition (1948). Must have been a reviewer's copy as it is full of annotations and questions to pose to the author.

Second is Markus "Handbook of Electronic Control Circuits", 1959.

Third, my beloved "Radio Amateur's Handbook", 1964.
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Old 4th May 2021, 05:02 PM   #2
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Radio Engineers' Handbook, Terman 1943

Acoustic Measurements, Beranek 1949

Sound Reproduction, Briggs, G. A.
Wharfedale Wireless Works 1950

Loudspeakers; the Why and How of Good Reproduction, BRIGGS, G. A.
Wharfedale Wireless Works 1955

Electronic and Radio Engineering, Terman 1955

More in storage.
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Old 4th May 2021, 07:44 PM   #3
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Loudspeakers; the Why and How of Good Reproduction, BRIGGS, G. A.
Wharfedale Wireless Works 1955
I have the 1990 reprint of that book, to which I can add:

"Loudspeakers" by G.A. Briggs (Completely Revised and Enlarged Edition, October, 1958)

"More About Loudspeakers" by G.A. Briggs (First Edition, March 1963)
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Old 4th May 2021, 07:50 PM   #4
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I'ts just registered that even that 1990 reprint is now 31 years old!
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Old 4th May 2021, 08:38 PM   #5
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That's nothing. I still remember buying the Briggs book, in a used bookstore in Berkeley in the 70s.
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Old 4th May 2021, 09:03 PM   #6
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It's worth pointing out, rayma, that Briggs' "A to Z in Audio" and "Amplifiers", as well as countless other old electronic books, are available to download here:

Electronics Books

The site assures us that the books "are no longer protected by copyright" and are "in the public domain" - so I hope linking to it is in order.
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Old 4th May 2021, 09:21 PM   #7
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Other sites like that one are tubebooks.org and PEARL, Inc. Lit Archive
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I have some of the U.S. Navy WWII basic electronic manuals for their training courses.

I have a hardback on vacuum tube voltmeters from about the same era, maybe a bit before the war.

The jewel is probably the first edition of the radar handbook by the MIT Radiation Laboratory, complete with the paper sleeve, that I got for $5 USD at a junk store / bookshop across the street from a podunk courthouse that I rarely have reason to attend. It's stunning how well they understood the principles and how much they could achieve with a bunch of 6SN7's.
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I had a blue, hard cover CDE capacitor manual from the 30s, but don't know where it went.
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Somewhere in a box near me is a stack of engineering books I picked up in an antique store on Sanibel Island in Florida at least 10 years ago. I had wandered through that store several times over the years, and once spotted the old books. The store owner wanted $20 each, so I left. Several trips later he asked me if I wanted all of the books for $20. I bought them. It seems that I was the only person who ever took one off the shelf in several years.

There was a third edition Radiotron Designers Handbook (1945) which is not still in a box. The others are all still boxed up since I left Florida 7 years ago. The real oldies date from the 1920's, including an electronics engineering textbook from MIT. It is full of advanced math, so it didn't see much use.

I also got an old radio from the same store. It is an RCA superhet design (one of the first) from 1929 - 1931. I have not found an exact match to it online, so I'm not sure of the exact date. I did however make it work by swapping out some dead caps.
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