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The site has instruction manuals for a number of slide rules. These have been scanned and converted to HTML. Some of them relate to standard rules (Thornton, Faber Castell 2/83N) and would be useful whatever rule you have but others are for specialised rules.
The manuals are English except as indicated below.
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|Description||Direct link||PDF format|
|Cajori's "The Slide Rule". A 1909 book on the history of slide rules.||There is no HTML version. The following
link will download a Word document version.
|A fairly standard rule and useful as a guide for many other rules.||Thornton||Download|
|A typical circular rule.||Concise 28||Download|
|This is a well known cylindrical rule.||Otis King||Download|
|A pocket-watch type of circular rule.||Fowler||Download|
|An all metal rule with two slides.||Omnes rule|
|A specialised rule for sewer calculations.||EASYR hydraulic rule|
|A later rule for pipes and channels.||Tarrant hydraulic rule|
|An early manual by Pickworth dated by R Shepherd to 1900 but still useful today.||A. W. Faber's Calculating Rule|
|A complex rules with 30 scales; there aren't many scales around that you don't find on this rule....||Faber Castell 2/83N (and 62/83N)||Download|
|.... and few of those are on this rule.||Faber Castell / Chemie Verlag|
|This was one of the early types of rule used for calculations related to alcoholic strength of spirits.||Proof rule|
|An early forerunner of the slide rule||The Sector|
|Instructions in French (instructions en franšais)||Nestler||Download|
|A French circular rule (en franšais)||Roplex|
|A fairly basic rule (in German)||Faber||Download|
|A well specified German rule. Includes hyperbolic scales (in German)||Aristo||Download|
|A beginner's rule (in German)||Rietz||Download|
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