On the Origin of Clockwork, Perpetual Motion Devices, and the Compass was originally published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1959 in "Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology. The author, Derek J. de Solla Price was serving as a consultant to the Smithsonian at the time; later he was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, and a professor at Yale. Price became an acknowledged authority on the history of science, and was awarded the Research Award for outstanding contributions in the field of information science by the American Society for Information Science and Technology. He became especially well known for his work on the Antikythera mechanism - a remarkably complex gear-driven astronomical computer evidently built in ancient Greece.
On the Origin of Clockwork... covers everything known about the development of clockwork in the ancient world, in Europe, in China, in India, and in the Moslem world, starting in the fourth century BC. The book includes numerous illustrations and diagrams.
The PPP edition is bound in khaki buckram printed with the title, and decorated with actual metal gears. The endpapers show photographs of the surviving Antikythera mechanism. The book consists of 180 pages, and has overall dimensions of 73 x 75 x 14 mm (2-7/8 x 3 x 9/16 inches). The edition consists of 20 copies priced at $45 each, plus $5 shipping and handling.