is found described on page 214 of Mechanick Exercises, or the Doctrine of Handy Works, by Joseph Moxon, hydrographer to King Charles II., printed in London, 1694.
This is cited, however, rather as one of the earliest intelligible and illustrated descriptions which have come down to us, than as fixing the actual date, — for evidence exists of its much earlier origin; for example, a bronze drinking-vessel, five inches in diameter, and evidently turned, was exhumed from an ancient tomb in Thebes, Egypt.
This vessel may be seen in the Abbott collection, museum of the Historical Society at the corner of Second Avenue and Eighth Street, New York.
In the earlier construction of the lathe, the slide-rest was the first great step toward the principle of the slide-lathe, and no doubt led to that invention, which was considered impracticable before planing-machines were made of sufficient magnitude to plane a lathe-bed of even small dimension.
A few slide-lathes had indeed been made, the