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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, 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
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. 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
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, 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
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

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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[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
Moinet (L.):  Nouveau Traité Général, Astronomique et Civil d'Horlogerie, Théorique d'Horlogerie ....

Moinet (L.) : Nouveau Traité Général, Astronomique et Civil d'Horlogerie, Théorique d'Horlogerie ....
O/P. 2 volumes, first edition, Paris 1848. Volume 1: frontis., title, 432 pages + [ 16 ] pages of tables; volume 2: title, 544 pages. This set without the required 51 plates. Now smartly bound ( 1960's ) in one volume with red cloth covered boards, very good condition (but all plates missing), bookplate inside front cover. The book has the stamp of Linderoths Urfabrik, 28 Drottninggatan, Stockholm, on a few pages. The Linderoth business, started in 1844, was Sweden's leading clockmaker until the business closed in 1963. [French language]

A general treatise on the theory and practice of horology by Louis Moinet, a watchmaker from Bourges, who was also a fine writer and draughtsman. He was employed by Breguet (father & son) to write up Abraham Louis Breguet's workshop notes ready for publication, a project that was never published. Presumably much of what he learned appears in this book?

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(Ref: K4337 - S3)
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Price: £250.00
Plumier (C.): L'Art de Tourner, ou de Faire en Perfection Toutes Sortes D'Ouvrages au Tour ....

Plumier (C.): L'Art de Tourner, ou de Faire en Perfection Toutes Sortes D'Ouvrages au Tour ....
O/P. [ xxvii ], 187 pages, 70 plates (one folding), first edition, Lyon, 1701. At the rear of the book are 6 pages of closely written manuscript, presumably by D. LeMaître (whose name appears in manuscript on the title page), about colouring ivory, bones and various woods. A very good copy, page size 36.5 x 25.0 cm, in original full leather binding, re-backed with contemporary leather spine and corners, the spine with raised bands, gilt lettering and gilt tooling. [French and Latin languages]

A first edition of Plumier's book on turning, the earliest known work devoted exclusively to the subject which was the standard work on the subject for 100 years until Bergeron's book of 1792. Each page has the text in French and Latin to make the work more accessible 'for foreigners'. The title page refers to 80 plates, but the Index to the Plates lists 71 plates, numbered 1 - 69, 73 & 82. A total of 71 plates is the accepted number listed in one bibliography but other copies report between 70 and 73 plates.

This copy contains 70 plates: plates numbered 1 - 61, 63 - 65, 73 & 82, and un-numbered plates which can be identified as numbers 67 - 69 (67 before title page; 68 opposite page 1; 69 opposite page 69), and an unnumbered plate opposite page 52. This latter plate should probably be considered as an additional general workshop view which suggests that plates 62 and 66 are missing.


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(Ref: K4339 - CR11)
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Price: £950.00
Portal (C.) & De Graffigny (H.): Les Merveilles de l'Horlogerie

Portal (C.) & De Graffigny (H.): Les Merveilles de l'Horlogerie
O/P. 296 pages, 112 figures, page size 18 x 11 cm, 1888. A very good copy with light foxing to a few pages at front and rear, nicely bound in contemporary half leather, with raised bands and gilt lettering to spine, and marbled boards & end papers, original card covers bound in. [French language]

The title translates as The Wonders of Horology. The book is in four parts: the measurement of time; mechanical horology; modern horology (electrical and pneumatic); and precision mechanics (automata, musical boxes, astronomical clocks, and recording devices -barographs for example).

(Ref: K4340 - CR13)
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Reid (T.):  Treatise on Clock and Watch Making, Theoretical and Practical

Reid (T.): Treatise on Clock and Watch Making, Theoretical and Practical
O/P. Frontis., 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 very good copy, pages clean and bright, some plates with light foxing, two plates with small areas of loss to outer margin, in 19th century half-leather binding, all edges gilt, leather rubbed to spine, end papers discoloured.

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(Ref: K1284 - L2)
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Price: £240.00
Revue Chronométrique - Journal des Horlogers, Scientifique et Pratique

Revue Chronométrique: Journal des Horlogers, Scientifique et Pratique
O/P. A collection of 74 unbound issues of Revue Chronométrique the journal of la Société des Horlogers, Paris. The collection consists of issue numbers: 80 - 84, 86 - 89, 92, 97 - 102, 111 - 128, 133, 134, 136 - 154, 163 - 167, 171/172, 185/186, 187/188, 189/190, 191/192, 193, 194/195, 196/197, 198/199/200, 201/202, 203, 206, 212, & 213. Number 80 was issued in January 1862 and number 213 in June 1874. The issues (page size 22 x 14 cm) contain a wealth of information and many issues have a folding plate(s) illustrating obscure escapements or various tools; there are lots of articles about the Paris International Exhibition of 1867. The collection is unbound as issued and generally in good condition, some covers detached, some covers dust stained, paper a little brittle so some loss to edges not affecting text. [French language]

The Revue Chronométrique commenced publication in 1855 with Claudius Saunier as editor, it became the official journal of la Société des Horlogers the following year. The journal was usually issued monthly and published a large amount of good research and information by, and for, French watch and clockmakers. Publication ceased in 1914 but the journal is still of use today.

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(Ref: K4341 - CR12)
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Price: £395.00
Robert (H.): L'art de connaitre les pendules et les montres, .....

Robert (H.): L'art de connaitre les pendules et les montres, .....
O/P. Half title, title, 306 pages (page size 17 x 10.5 cm), 4 folding plates, 2nd edition, Paris 1849. The title translates as The art of understanding clocks and watches preceded by ... the art of managing and regulating clocks and watches by Ferdinand Berthoud. The first 88 pages are a transcription of Berthoud's work L'art de conduire et de régler les pendules et les montres followed by Henri Robert's work bringing Berthoud's book up to date. A very good copy with minor foxing to the plates, in a nineteenth century full leather binding with gilt lettering and tooling to the spine. [French language]

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(Ref: K4342 - M1)
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Price: £275.00

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