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The following books have been added to our booklist in February 2018:


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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 With library stamp Library of the Franklin Institute Withdrawn 1982 on rear of title page.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
[Antiquorum]: The Art of Breguet [Geneva 14/04/1991] Leather Bound

[Antiquorum]: The Art of Breguet
O/P. 479 pages, illus., Geneva, 1991. The Antiquorum auction catalogue for 14 April 1991 with good descriptions and illustrations of 204 clocks, watches and marine chronometers, with interesting biographies of many of the original purchasers. A very useful reference book for Breguet enthusiasts. A fine copy, the pages clean and bright, top edge gilt, now beautifully bound in full green leather, the spine with raised bands, gilt lettering and gilt tooling. A splendid book for a serious Breguet enthusiast. [Sale @ Geneva 14/04/1991]

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(Ref: K4323 - S1)
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Price: 175.00
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
Ball (M.): Bringing the Work On 1675 to 1680 - The Early English Balance Spring watch

Ball (M.): Bringing the Work On 1675 to 1680 - The Early English Balance Spring watch
O/P. 126 pages, illustrated, number 2 of a limited edition of 50 numbered copies, 1999. A re-appraisal based on contemporary evidence on the part played by Robert Hooke and Thomas Tompion in the development of the English balance spring for watches. The book includes horological references in Hooke's diaries of the period and William Derham's account published in 1696. A fine copy in the original quarter leather binding (leather spine and marbled paper covered boards).

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(Ref: K2870 - E4)
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Price: 195.00
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
Betts (J.): Marine Chronometers at Greenwich

Betts (J.): Marine Chronometers at Greenwich
NEW. 748 pages, over 500 illustrations, 2018. A catalogue of the marine chronometers at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich with a complete description and photographs of every instrument preceded by the history of the marine chronometer, details of how the instruments were made, and a guide to how to assess and date them. With dust jacket and slipcase.

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(Ref: N4320)
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Price: 150.00

Betts (J.): Marine Chronometers at Greenwich - De Luxe Edition
NEW. The author is having a small number of copies of this book specially bound in half blue leather with marbled boards, gilt edges to the pages, and gilt blocked and ribbed on the spine. The book will have the same elegant end papers as the standard edition. The book is available by pre-order only for a very limited period. Delivery will probably be February/March 2018.
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(Ref: N4321)

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
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
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

Keynes (G.): A Bibliography of Dr. Robert Hooke
O/P. 115 pages, 12 illustrations, 1960. A well researched book opening with a biographical account of Hooke's personality and achievements, followed by a bibliography of all known works written by Robert Hooke. A useful reference source for Hooke scholars. A very good copy with very good dust jacket. (Ref: K4332 - A1)

Price: 35.00

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
Le Bot (J.): Les Chronometres de Marine Franais au XVIIIe Siecle

Le Bot (J.): Les Chronometres de Marine Franais au XVIIIe Siecle
O/P. 187 pages, illustrated, 2 folding plates and loose sheet of photograph descriptions, 1984. An important book on the development of the marine chronometer in France in the eighteenth century, including the work of Pierre Le Roy, Ferdinand Berthoud and the trials of the instruments at sea. A very good copy, binding a little bit loose. [French language]

This book has always been hard to find, it is an important contribution to our knowledge of the early years of the marine chronometer.

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(Ref: K4333 - L3)
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Price: 275.00
Le Roy (P.): Expos Succint des Travaux de MM. Harrison et Le Roy, das la recherch des Longitudes en Mer,  .....

Le Roy (P.): Expos Succint des Travaux de MM. Harrison et Le Roy, das la recherch des Longitudes en Mer, .....
O/P. xvi, 51 pages, Paris, 1768. A very good copy, title page a little stained, very minor staining to some page margins, in fine contemporary half leather binding with gilt lettering and tooling to spine and marbled boards. [French language]

First and only edition. A précis of the work of John Harrison and Pierre Le Roy in their quest to make a timekeeper with which to find the longitude. Le Roy gives a short account of Harrison's work followed by a more detailed account of his own, including the trials of his Nos. 1 & 2 in 1767.

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(Ref: K4334 - F3)
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Price: 250.00
Lindner (F.) (editor): Les coles Suisses D'Horlogerie / Die Schweizerischen Uhrmacherschulen

Lindner (F.) (editor): Les coles Suisses D'Horlogerie / Die Schweizerischen Uhrmacherschulen
O/P. 272 pages, illustrated, plus advertisements (58 pages spread throughout the book + 100 pages at the end) plus 2 page index to advertisers). Not dated but published in 1948. The book commences with chapters on the history of the Swiss watch, the history of the Swiss watchmaking schools and the importance of watch exports to the Swiss economy. This is followed by chapters on the watchmaking schools at Bienne, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Geneva, Locle, Saint-Imier, Le Sentier (La Vallée de Joux) and Solothurn. Good copy, covers lightly marked. [French and German languages]

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(Ref: K1317 - Q3)
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Price: 135.00

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