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Atkins (S.E.) & Overall (W.H.): 	Some Account of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers of the City of London

Atkins (S.E.) & Overall (W.H.): Some Account of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers of the City of London
O/P. 346 pages, 9 illustrations, top edge gilt, privately printed, 1881. An historical account of the Company and its working practices with information about early makers. A very good copy of the standard brown cloth edition with gilt lettering to front and spine, pages clean and bright, corners lightly bumped. Now scarce.

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(Ref: K13 - CR8)
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Price: 325.00

Atkins (S.E.) & Overall (W.H.): Some Account of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers of the City of London
O/P. 346 pages, 9 illustrations, privately printed, 1881. An historical account of the Company and its working practices with information about early makers. A good copy, rebound many years ago with a vellum spine and paper covered boards, the latter worn to edges and with worn and bruised corners. A scarce book.

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(Ref: K3041 - V1)

Price: 295.00

Beckett (Sir Edmund): A Rudimentary Treatise on Clocks and Watches and Bells
O/P. xiii, 400 pages, 81 figures, 1 folding plate, 7th edition, 1883. A very good example of this well-known work with lots of information on the Westminster clock and turret clocks in general, as well as all aspects of escapements, pendulums, dials and chiming work. This edition has red cloth covered boards, with gilt tooling to front and spine, and gilt lettering to spine. A very good, bright and clean copy, minor foxing to title page. (Ref: K686 - Z1)

Price: 85.00

Benson (J.W.): Time and Time-Tellers
O/P. 189 pages, figs., 1st edition, 1875. The book starts with a brief history of timekeeping but is primarily about pocket watches, domestic clocks and turret clocks - all items made and sold by James W. Benson at his shop on Ludgate Hill, London. A very good clean copy, original green cloth, corners a little bumped. (Ref: K1872 - P1)

Price: 55.00

Berthoud (F.): L'art de conduire et de rgler les pendules et les montres, ....

Berthoud (F.): L'art de conduire et de rgler les pendules et les montres, ....
O/P. 193 pages, 5 plates (1 folding), 6th edition, Brussels 1836. The title translates as How to manage and regulate Clocks and Watches for those who have no knowledge of horology. This was probably the first owners' manual for watch and clock owners and provides an insight into looking after domestic clocks in the 18th century. A very good copy, the pages (size 14 x 9.5 cm) generally clean and bright, the plates a little browned, minor foxing to end papers, in 19th century quarter-leather binding with gilt lettering and tooling to spine, with marbled boards and end papers. [French language]

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(Ref: K4251 - E5)
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Price: 250.00

Britten (F.J.): The Watch & Clock Maker's Handbook, Dictionary and Guide
O/P. 384 pages, illus., 6th edition, 1886. One of the earlier editions of this clasic work, and still of use to clock makers and restorers today. A good copy for its age, internally good, wear to head (with small split) and foot of spine. (Ref: K343 - C3)

Price: 20.00

Cumming (A.):  The Elements of Clock and Watch-work - Adapted to Practice in Two Essays

Cumming (A.): The Elements of Clock and Watch-work - Adapted to Practice in Two Essays
O/P. [ 8 ] pp, 192 pages, [ 14 ] page index, 16 engraved plates, published by author, 1st and only edition, 1766. Page size 25.5 x 20 cm. Alexander Cumming was a well-respected 18th century watchmaker. The first essay - An Essay Towards the Improvement of Clock-work - deals with pendulum design including temperature compensation, the use of oil and the design of recoil and deadbeat escapements. The second essay - An Essay Towards the Improvement of Watch-work - deals with the design of watch main springs, balances and balance springs. A good copy, pages a little browned with some light foxing, plates generally clean, now in smart half calf binding with marbled boards, the spine with raised bands, gilt tooling and gilt lettering.

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(Ref: K565 - G2)
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Price: 650.00

Dodd (G.): British Manufactures Series IV
O/P. 218 pages, illus., 1845. An interesting little book with chapters on glass manufacture, carpet manufacture, floor-cloth manufacture, piano-forte manufacture and 29 pages on watch and clock manufacture. An interesting historical perspective. Contents good, board becoming detached (held on by clear tape), boards very worn, leather spine marbled boards (worn through). (Ref: K3083 - N1)

Price: 45.00

Glasgow (D.): Watch and Clock Making
O/P. 341 pages, 69 figs., 1st edition, 1885. Written by a well-known Victorian clockmaker, with the desire to assist the education of the next generation, this book is respected and always in demand. A good, clean copy with light wear to top of spine, corners and edges, all commensurate with its age. (Ref: K127 - K1)

Price: 65.00

Hatton (T.): An Introduction to the Mechanical Part of Clock and Watch Work

Hatton (T.): An Introduction to the Mechanical Part of Clock and Watch Work
O/P.Containing all the arithmetic and geometry necessary, with their particular application in the said branches, a work very useful for the Working Mechanic, or Gentlemen mechanically inclined.

xvi, 400 pages, 18 engraved folding plates, page size 20 x 12 cm, first edition, London 1773. This is a good copy of a well-known work by a London watchmaker, in full leather binding, re-backed using original boards and later gilt tooled spine.

Most of the book is lessons in arithmetic and geometry but there are chapters on pendulums and the drawing of watch calibres, plus an appendix of practical tips for those working at the bench.

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(Ref: K4330 - N1)
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Price: 495.00

Havard (H.): L'Horlogerie
O/P. 182 pages, 82 figs., no date (1890?). A study of timekeeping including sundials and clocks. Very good copy, nicely bound with leather spine (raised bands and gilt lettering) and marbled paper covered boards (a little worn to edges), marbled end papers, all edges gilt. [French language] (Ref: K3438 - S2)

Price: 50.00

Kelly & Co.]: The Post Office Directory of the Watch and Clock Trades, Goldsmiths and Jewellers, The Precious Metals, Electro Plate, and General Fancy Trades, throughout England Scotland and Wales

[Kelly & Co.]: The Post Office Directory of the Watch and Clock Trades, Goldsmiths and Jewellers, The Precious Metals, Electro Plate, and General Fancy Trades, throughout England Scotland and Wales
O/P. xx, 506 pages +53 pages of advertisements, 1872. A detailed listing of horological and allied trades listed by subject as well as by location - London and suburbs, English counties (by town), Scotland (by town) and Wales (by town). It is fascinating to see the degree of specialisation in the listings for London and Prescot for example. A reasonable copy, the pages clean, 6 pages of the preliminaries detached, binding loose, covers marked, cloth worn to spine. A rare survivor from the 19th century, of great use to researchers.

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(Ref: K4331 - E4)
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Price: 245.00
Leadbetter (C.):  Mechanik Dialling; or, the New Art of Shadows, ....

Leadbetter (C.): Mechanik Dialling; or, the New Art of Shadows, ....
O/P. xi + 148 pages (page size 21 x 12.5 cm), 12 plates, 1773. This is the 4th edition of Charles Leadbetter's well known work. As well as instructions for laying out dials the book has a collection of sundial mottos in English and Latin, the latitude of towns and cities around the world and instructions for painting sundials. This is a very good copy complete with all plates, in an 18th or 19th century full leather binding, neatly re-backed with contemporary spine, leather covered boards a bit rubbed, corners worn.

Order of plates: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7 ,8 ,9 ,10 & X, XB, 11, 1 [a complete set - this is all the text calls for]

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(Ref: K3022 - M1)
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Price: 295.00

[Lukin (J.)]: The Amateur Mechanic's Workshop
O/P. 148 pages, 2 folding plates, 168 figures, 7th edition, 1888. A treatise containing plain and concise directions for the manipulation of wood and metals including casting, forging, brazing, soldering and carpentry. A good copy (4cm split to cloth on spine). (Ref: K3500 - X2)

Price: 20.00

Martin (T.):  The Circle of the Mechanical Arts; Containing Practical Treatises on the Various Manual Arts, Trades, and Manufactures

Martin (T.): The Circle of the Mechanical Arts; Containing Practical Treatises on the Various Manual Arts, Trades, and Manufactures
O/P. 616 pages, 37 (of 39) leaves of engraved plates, 1813. The book has chapters on 66 different trades including: Watch and Clock Making; File Making; Japanning; Carving and Gilding; Enamelling; Turning; etc. The watch and clockmaking section has 32 pages and 2 plates. An interesting historical perspective on many trades. Generally in good condition internally with light foxing to quite a few pages especially at the front. Still in original quarter leather binding with marbled boards. Binding tight, spine very worn and leather split along hinge line both sides, paper covered boards very worn, corners very bruised and worn through to boards. Now in modern cardboard slipcase.

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(Ref: K3337 - T3)
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Price: 150.00

Reid (T.): Treatise on Clock and Watch Making, Theoretical and Practical
O/P. xii, 476 pages, 19 folding plates, 1st edition, 1826. The first edition of this celebrated work by Thomas Reid, the famous Edinburgh clock and watch maker. The book is a comprehensive treatise on clocks, watches and chronometers with information on orreries and turret clocks. A good copy internally, page edges lightly browned (not affecting text), end papers with sellotape residue, binding very loose near the end so plates 15 to 19 are also very loose. The plates are generally good with browning to edges, occasional foxing, plates 2, 11 and 12 partly split along fold line, plate 12 repaired. The, probably original, half leather binding is very rubbed to top and bottom of spine, paper covered boards worn, corners and edges very worn, endpapers reinforced along hinge line.

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(Ref: K665 - Y3)

Price: 195.00

Saunier (C.): Lehrbuch der Uhrmacherei in Theorie und Praxis volume 3 only (of 4)
O/P. 438 pages, illustrated, 2nd edition, 1891. The German language version of Sainier's famous treatise on modern horology in theory and practice, translated from the French by Moritz Grossmann. This volume contains all the sections on Depths, Motors and Miscellaneous Articles. Good copy, half-title page missing. [German language] (Ref: K3369 - F3)

Price: 25.00

Shadwell (C.F.A.): Notes on the Management of Chronometers and the Measurement of Meridian Distances
O/P. 228 pages, 2nd edition, 1861. This book was written by a Captain in the Royal Navy for students of nautical science, and navigators, to get the best timekeeping out of chronometers and to enable them to accurately measure chronometric differences in longitude. A very good copy still in publishers blue cloth binding with blind tooling to front and rear boards.

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(Ref: K1320 - S1)

Price: 195.00

[Spon]: Workshop Receipts for Manufacturers Mechanics & Scientific Amateurs
O/P. 450 pages, 66 figs, 1888. A single volume covering all kinds of subjects. Cloth on spine splitting at head and foot, corners bumped, binding a bit loose, but internally it is in clean condition. (Ref: K2128 - Z2)

Price: 15.00

Thomson (A.): Time and Time-Keepers
O/P. 195 pages, illus., 1842. Adam Thomson has premises in New Bond Street, London and a watch paper of his, describing him as a watch maker, is used as a bookplate at the front of the book. The book opens with time and the calendar and moves on to the development of clocks and watches including temperature compensation and striking work. The later sections, on horology in France and England in the 18th century, marine chronometers, and the construction of clocks and watches are more interesting. A good copy for its age (Sellotape residue inside covers), original cloth with gilt lettering to front and spine.

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(Ref: K2997 - J1)

Price: 125.00


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