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

Berthoud (F.): L'art de conduire et de régler les pendules et les montres, ..
O/P. xvi, 188 pages, 5 folding plates, 5th edition, 1828. 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 and plates generally clean and bright with only minor foxing to a few pages, Modern full calf binding with raised bands and gilt red labels to spine. [French language]

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(Ref: K4251 - CR1)
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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

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

Camus (M.): A Treatise on the Teeth of Wheels: demonstrating the best forms which can be given to them for the purposes of machinery, such as Mill-Work and Clock-Work

Camus (M.): A Treatise on the Teeth of Wheels: demonstrating the best forms which can be given to them for the purposes of machinery, such as Mill-Work and Clock-Work
O/P. 102 pages, 17 (of 18) plates, 3rd edition, 1868. Translated from the French by J. I. Hawkins, this book is one of the classical books on epicycloid gearing and the design of gear trains. The plates are numbered 23 to 36, 38 to 40 - plate 37 is missing (note: 18 plates numbered 23 to 40 would be a full set - see the preface to the second edition for an explanation). A very good copy, original cloth now worn through on two corners. (Ref: K2491 - CR10)
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Price: £65.00
[Clockmakers' Company]: Charter and Bye Laws of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, of the City of London, incorporated 1631; 7th Charles 1st.

[Clockmakers' Company]: Charter and Bye Laws of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, of the City of London, incorporated 1631; 7th Charles 1st.
O/P. 104 pages, frontispiece, 1825. A fine copy still in original full calf binding with tooling, gilt lettering and raised bands to spine. (Ref: K4258 - G5)
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Price: £95.00
[Diderot & D'Alembert]: Encyclopédie Méthodique, ou par ordre de Matières .. - Horlogerie

[Diderot & D'Alembert]: Encyclopédie Méthodique, ou par ordre de Matières - Horlogerie
O/P. 104 plates (inc. 16 folding), 1782. A collection of plates extracted from the Encyclopédie Méthodique, published between 1782 and 1832. This was a revised and much expanded version, of the famous Encyclopédie edited by Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond D'Alembert. The plates included are: Horology 68, Chain Making 2, Wire Drawing 3, Turning 25, and Mathematical Instruments 6. The horology plates are based on (but not always identical to) those in the 1765 encyclopaedia with the addition of 5 plates on Making Watch Springs. The plates are in fine condition, undamaged apart from a few worm holes, and generally very clean with only very minor foxing to a few plates. The plates are nicely bound in recent half morocco with raised bands and gilt red label to the spine, page size 10¾ x 8¼ inches (27.3 x 21.0 cm). [French language]

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(Ref: K4253 - H2)
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Price: £375.00
Diderot & D'Alembert: L'Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers, .. - Horlogerie

Diderot & D'Alembert: L'Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers, .. - 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; bound with the section on chain making (7 pages + 3 plates) from the same encyclopaedia. 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 some staining to the first 14 pages (not affecting legibility of the text). The plates are in fine condition, undamaged and generally very clean with only minor foxing to a few plates. The plates and text are nicely bound in recent half morocco with raised bands and gilt red label to the spine, page size 15¼ x 10 inches (38.7 x 25.4 cm). [French language]

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(Ref: K4252 - L3)
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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

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
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

Lukin (J.): Turning Lathes - A Manual for Technical Schools and Apprentices
O/P. 160 pages + 88 pages of advertisements, 19 plates, 30 figs, 3rd edition, 1890. A good manual for turning, screw-cutting, metal-spinning etc., The adverts are for lathes, lathe accessories and other tools, mainly by the Britannia, Company, Colchester. A good copy showing signs of use, rear end paper torn with some loss, still in original decorative Victorian binding, covers marked. (Ref: K3305 - CR1)

Price: £25.00

[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, 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

Reid (T.): Treatise on Clock and Watch Making, Theoretical and Practical
O/P. xvi, 466 pages, 19 folding plates, 7th edition, 1859. A 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 very good copy with a little foxing to plates and title page, heavier foxing to plate 10. Contemporary half morocco binding, skilfully re-backed the later spine with raised bands, gilt lettering and gilt tooling; the original leather on the boards now a little rubbed and worn through at corners, front board marked, marbled end papers. Overall a very acceptable copy.

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(Ref: K1284 - B3)
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Price: £185.00

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

[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

Tomlinson (C.): Cyclopædia of Useful Arts, Mechanical & Chemical, Manufactures, Mining, and Engineering
O/P. Inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851 this large cyclopædia was published between 1852 and 1854 with a supplement circa 1866. For sale is a single volume of this work with the following collation:
Pages 817 - 832 of volume 1 (sections GUN to HAIR)
Pages cxlv - clx from the report on the exhibition of 1851
Pages 1 - 208 of volume 2 (sections HAMMER to MACHINE)

Of interest to readers of this list will be pages 21 - 43, the HOROLOGY section which includes information about mechanical clocks and watches as well as electric clocks. A rare item in its original red cloth binding with gilt and blind tooling to the front and spine. A few pages loose, boards and cloth worn and bruised to corners and top & bottom of spine. (Ref: K1752 - G3)

Price: £35.00

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