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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

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

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

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
O/P. xviii, 466 pages, 19 folding plates, 3rd edition, 1847. The third 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 with a little foxing to the plates and title page, first 3 pages with water stain to edges. Now in a reasonably good, modern, half leather binding.

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(Ref: K779 - B3)

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

[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.): Cyclopdia 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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