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Alleaume (A.): Les Brevets D'Invention Concernant L'Horlogerie

Alleaume (A.): Les Brevets D'Invention Concernant L'Horlogerie
O/P. 144 pages, Paris, 1873. A list of horological patents from 1792 to 1869 with brief explanation of the contents. Most of the patents are French but there are several English and Swiss patents listed. A good copy, pages clean and bright internally, in 19th century quarter-leather bonding with gilt lettering to spine, 4cm split to top of front hinge, leather rubbed, edges of boards worn. With library stamp Library of the Franklin Institute Withdrawn 1982 on rear of title page. [French language]

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(Ref: K4324 - K1)
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Price: 100.00
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, privately printed, London, 1881. An historical account of the Company and its working practices with information about early makers. The book has a Clockmakers' Company, Member's Copy, bookplate for W. H. M. Christie the Astronomer Royal from 1881 to 1910. The members' edition, full leather binding with raised bands to spine and gilt decoration to front and spine, top edge gilt. A good copy, also with recent owners bookplate, very good internally, the leather rubbed to spine and edges.

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(Ref: K3041 - Q1)
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Price: 425.00
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
Bergeron (L.E.): Manuel du Tourneur  (3 volumes)

Bergeron (L.E.): Manuel du Tourneur (3 volumes)
O/P. Volume 1: viii, 432 pages + errata page, 30 folding plates, first edition, Paris 1792.
Volume 2: vi, 466 pages + errata page + 42 pages of additions to volumes 1 & 2, 42 folding plates, first edition, Paris 1796.
Page size 25 x 19.5 cm. A very good copy, complete with all plates; the plates of both volumes are now bound together in a 3rd volume. The text pages are generally very clean and bright but with light foxing to some pages, the plates have some foxing and dust staining mostly to the margins, one plate has a small tear. The volumes are leather bound, the original boards now re-backed with contemporary spine and corners, the leather on the boards worn. [French language]

The first edition, complete with all plates. This is one of the classic works on ornamental turning and was intended for the wealthy amateur at a period when ornamental turning was popular in France. It inspired and influenced many other authors for a hundred years. Each volume has the decorative stamp of a previous owner, W J P Chatto who lived at a mansion called the Daison near Torquay. He died in 1882.

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(Ref: K4325 - CR13)
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Price: 975.00
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.): On the Springing and Adjusting of Watches
O/P. 152 pages, 75 illus., 1898. One of Britten's lesser know works, this is a detailed description of the balance spring and the compensation balance with directions for applying the spring and adjusting for isochronism and temperature. A clean copy internally, the binding tight, the original boards a bit discoloured with age, without ffep. (Ref: K1596 - Z2)

Price: 25.00

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
Derham (W.):  The Artificial Clock-Maker.  A Treatise of Watch and Clock-Work, ...

Derham (W.): The Artificial Clock-Maker. A Treatise of Watch and Clock-Work, ...
O/P. The fourth edition, published by James, John and Paul Knapton, London in 1734. [16p (title, preface, contents)], 140 pages (page size 16 x 9.5 cm), 3 folding plates, 4 folding tables. A complete copy of this famous work showing signs of use, pages browned and with some foxing, plates with some creasing; in full leather binding, re-backed, leather worn & rubbed, rear hinge partially split. A working copy, the condition reflected in the price.

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(Ref: K3492 - E5)
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Price: 275.00
Derham (W.):  The Artificial Clock-Maker.  A Treatise of Watch and Clock-Work: ...

Derham (W.): The Artificial Clock-Maker. A Treatise of Watch and Clock-Work: ...
O/P. The fifth and final edition, published by J. Knapton, London in 1759. 16p (title, preface, contents), 160 pages (page size 17 x 10.5 cm), 3 folding plates. A complete copy of this famous work, in very good condition, the pages generally clean and bright with trivial spotting to a few pages, one plate somewhat browned the others very good; in smart contemporary full leather binding with raised bands and gilt lettering to spine. Leather a bit worn along hinge line and lightly rubbed on spine.

In this edition the tables of the equation of time are numbered double pages (142 - 145) (not folding plates as in previous editions) and as explained in a footnote, the tables have been updated to conform with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

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(Ref: K4327 - CR13)
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Price: 375.00
Diderot & D'Alembert: L'Encyclopdie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonn des Sciences, des Arts et des Mtiers, .. - Horlogerie

Diderot & D'Alembert: L'Encyclopdie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonn des Sciences, des Arts et des Mtiers, .. - Horlogerie
O/P. 25 pages + 64 plates, 1765. A complete set of the plates and associated text of the horology section, extracted from the famous encyclopaedia by Diderot & D'Alembert first published in Paris in 1765, page size 15¼ x 10 inches (38.7 x 25.4 cm). It is rare to find a full set of original plates together with the explanatory text in such fine condition. The text pages are generally in very good condition with light foxing and a few stains in the margins, the first page is very discoloured with several stains (not affecting legibility of text). The plates are in fine condition, undamaged and generally very clean and bright with minor dust staining to outer margins and virtually no foxing. The plates and text are in a good early 20th century binding with cloth spine and paper covered boards, corners bumped and boards a little marked. [French language]

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(Ref: K4252 - CR10)
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Price: 575.00

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

Earnshaw (T.): Longitude. An Appeal to the Public: stating Mr Thomas Earnshaw's Claim to the Original Invention of the Improvements in his Timekeepers ....

Earnshaw (T.): Longitude. An Appeal to the Public: stating Mr Thomas Earnshaw's Claim to the Original Invention of the Improvements in his Timekeepers ....
O/P. [ vi ] + 280 pages + [34 pages] of appendices + errata slip, first edition, page size 21.5 x 13 cm, London 1808. A good copy, many pages very clean but some browned and with foxing, nicely bound in half-leather with gilt lettering to spine and marbled boards, with bookplate of Baron Hambro.

Earnshaw received £3000 from the Board of Longitude in 1805 but clearly thought he deserved a larger reward. The book is an account of his life as a watchmaker, including his time making watches and chronometers for other well known watchmakers, plus his dealings with the Board of Longitude.

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(Ref: K4328 - K1)
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Price: 1,500.00
Finlaison (J.): An Account of Some Remarkable Applications of The Electric Fluid to the Useful Arts, by Mr. Alexander Bain

Finlaison (J.): An Account of Some Remarkable Applications of The Electric Fluid to the Useful Arts, by Mr. Alexander Bain; with a Vindication of his Claim to be the First Inventor of the Electro-Magnetic Printing Telegraph and also of the Electro-Magnetic Clock
O/P. The full title of the book is: An Account of Some Remarkable Applications of The Electric Fluid to the Useful Arts, by Mr. Alexander Bain; with a Vindication of his Claim to be the First Inventor of the Electro-Magnetic Printing Telegraph and also of the Electro-Magnetic Clock

Half-title, title, 127 pages, 5 folding plates, London, first and only edition, 1843. The book has a manuscript inscription on the half-title page Mr Charles V. Walker, Editor of the Electrical Magazine, with Mr Bain's Kind Regards. A very good copy with Charles V. Walker's bookplate; the pages clean and bright, the plates dust stained to edges with outer margin worn; the original half-leather binding, with marbled boards, has been carefully re-backed and the original spine laid down; leather rubbed and worn to edges and corners.

An account of the controversy between Alexander Bain and Charles Wheatstone as to who had priority of invention of the electro-magnetic telegraph and the electro-magnetic clock. The book includes a description of Bain's experiments in using the earth as the return conductor, and his discovery that current could be obtained from copper and zinc plates buried in moist ground.

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Vail (A.): The American Magnetic Telegraph with the Reports of Congress, and a Description of All Telegraphs Known, Employing Electricity or Galvanism
208 pages, Philadelphia, 1845. A very defective copy with significant loss of text.

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(Ref: K4329 - L1)
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Price: 200.00
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 - CR13)
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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

Hodgson (J.):  An Introduction to Chronology: Containing an Account of Time

Hodgson (J.): An Introduction to Chronology: Containing an Account of Time
O/P. 85 pages, 1747. The first part of the book explains the divisions of time used by earlier civilisations and in other countries, as well as cycles, era's, epoch's etc., used by the church to determine the date of moveable feasts. The second half of the book is about the difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars and if, and how, England should adopt the latter. [Britain changed to the Gregorian calendar in 1752]. A good copy, light foxing to some pages, small worm holes to many pages (not affecting text), rebound in the early 20th century, small split to front hinge. (Ref: K3003 - Y1)
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Price: 75.00
Jerome (C.):  History of the American Clock Business for the Past Sixty Years, and Life of Chauncey Jerome

Jerome (C.): History of the American Clock Business for the Past Sixty Years, and Life of Chauncey Jerome
O/P. 144 pages plus index, portrait, 2001. An exact reproduction of Chauncey Jerome's book first published in 1860. By 1850 Jerome had built up a clock business annually producing more than half of the clocks made in the entire United States. Six years later his empire crumbled leaving him penniless. A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: N1804)

Price: 10.00
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
Kemlo (F.):  Kemlo's Watch Repairer's Hand Book

Kemlo (F.): Kemlo's Watch Repairer's Hand Book
O/P. 93 pages, illus., 1895. A complete guide written by a practical watch maker for the young beginner in taking apart, putting together, and thoroughly cleaning the English lever and other foreign watches, and all American watches. A good copy for its age, watermarks to page edge not affecting text, spine faded, covers a bit marked. (Ref: K1547 - D3)
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Price: 85.00

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