"Bergeron"

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Michael Wright, in his article "Bergeron on Flute-Making" in The Galpin Society Journal, Vol. 29 (May, 1976): 26-34 summarizes the identity of "Bergeron" quite succinctly:

"The first edition of Manuel du Tourneur by L.-E. Bergeron was published in two volumes, in 1792 and 1796 respectively. The second edition, also in two volumes, appeared in 1816, 'revised, corrected, and considerably enlarged' by P. Hamelin-Bergeron, who describes L.-E. Bergeron as his father-in-law or step-father. In fact, both names were pseudonyms for Louis-Georges-Isaac Salivet, an eminent lawyer." (p. 26)

Abell, Leggat, & Ogden (in A Bibliography of The Art of Turning) assert that a Louis-Eloy Bergeron actually existed and was a friend of the true author, Salivet, who lent his name to the publication. They say the same, essentially, of Pierre Hamelin-Bergeron, son-in-law to Louis-Eloy Bergeron.

Ornamental Turning has been the pastime of kings. Perhaps 1792 was not an opportune time to be publishing a book on such things in Paris under one's own name.

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The Soulsby Edition (2010)

Bergeron has been partially re-issued in an edition in English edited by Jeremy Soulsby for the Society of Ornamental Turners. This edition integrates material translated by several people: David Alfred Aird and James Lukin (in the 19th century), "an anonymous translater in the 1840s," Paul Ferraglio (in the 1970s), Violet Clark and John Ferguson, Michael Wright (of the Science Museum), and the editor himself. It is based on the 1816 second edition, with reference when necessary to the first edition. The volume of plates to accompany it is very well produced. It is a great achievement, and clearly it is the edition to have.

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Soulsby Edition of 2ed. Vol. II (2010)

Soulsby, Jeremy, ed. Bergeron. Manuel du Tourneur (The Turner's Manual, Volume II) (UK: The Society of Ornamental Turners, 2010). This book includes only the text; the Plates were published in a separate book (see below).

This book is available directly from the S.O.T. It does not have an ISBN.

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Plates for Soulsby Edition of 2ed. Vol. II (2010)

Soulsby, Jeremy, Ed. Manuel du Tourneur (The Turner's Manual, Volume II): Volume of Plates. (UK: The Society of Ornamental Turners, 2010). This is the volume of Plates to accompany the Soulsby/S.O.T. edition of Volume II of Bergeron (see above). It is equivalent to the Atlas ou Manuel du Tourneur (1816), but unlike the Google Books scans of that volume (see below), it is beautifully produced.

This book is available directly from the S.O.T. It does not have an ISBN.

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Soulsby Translation of Vol. I

As I write this in 2012, the translation by Soulsby for the S.O.T. of Volume I of Bergeron is in preparation.

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The Aird Edition (1877)

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1877 Translation of Vol. I

Volume I of the first edition of Bergeron was translated by David Alfred Aird into English and published in serially 1877 as The Turner's Manual. (London: F. Offen, 1877.)

This volume has been scanned by Google Books from the Bodleian Library copy. The quality of this scan is often poor, and it is not entirely legible. The icon above left links to a local copy of the Google Books PDF.

In the 2001 timeframe, a comb-bound photocopy of this 1877 edition was available from Steve Johnson, of Redmond, Washington. It also included various excerpts (without bibliographic citation) by Evans on the Spherical Slide Rest. Although this edition was a photocopy, the quality of the reproduction (especially the plates) is significantly better than the Google Books digitization.

As of 2012 there are several "print-on-demand" versions of this edition available. Although I have not examined any of them, I presume that they are simply printouts of the Google Books digitization.

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The Hamelin-Bergeron Second Edition (1816)

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Second Edition (1816), Vol. I

Bergeron, L.-E. and P. Hamelin-Bergeron. Manuel du Tourneur. Tome Premier. (Paris: J.-M. Eberhart, 1816)

This volume has been digitized by Google Books twice, from copies at Ghent and Lausanne. The first icon at left links to a local copy of the Google Books PDF of the Ghent copy, the second to that from Lausanne.

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Second Edition (1816), Vol. II

Bergeron, L.-E. and P. Hamelin-Bergeron. Manuel du Tourneur. Tome Second. (Paris: J.-M. Eberhart, 1816)

This volume has been digitized by Google Books twice, from copies at Ghent and Lausanne. The first icon at left links to a local copy of the Google Books PDF of the Ghent copy, the second to that from Lausanne.

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Second Edition (1816), Atlas [Plates]

The plates for the 1816 second edition were published in a separate volume, Atlas ou Manual du Tourneur (Paris: Hamelin Bergeron, 1816).

This volume has been digitized by Google Books twice, from copies at Ghent and Lausanne. The first icon at left links to a local copy of the Google Books PDF of the Ghent copy, the second to that from Lausanne. These are both frustratingly poor scans, however, and in no way comparable to the 2010 Soulsby/S.O.T. high-quality reprint of this same material (see above).

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The First Edition (1792, 1796)

To the best of my knowledge the first edition has not been digitized (as of 2012).


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