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Andrade (J.): Les Organes Rglants des Chronomtres
O/P. 146 pages, 24 figs., 1922. A technical paper in the Bibliotheque Horlogerie series, on the regulation of precision timekeepers - balances and balances springs. A fine copy, card covers. [French language] (Ref: K2835 - J1)

Price: 20.00

Andrewes (W.J.H.) (Editor): The Quest for Longitude

Andrewes (W.J.H.) (Editor): The Quest for Longitude
NEW. 437 pages, illustrated, 2nd edition, 1998. This is a valuable, learned volume, being a record of the contributions to the Longitude Symposium held at Harvard University in 1993. The symposium was held to commemorate John Harrison's birth 300 years before, and is the best contribution to understanding Harrison and time keeping at sea since Quill's book, John Harrison, the Man who found Longitude, was published in 1966. As well as information about marine timekeepers by Harrison, Earnshaw, Mudge and Arnold the book covers Harrison's wooden and brass regulators. With dust jacket. (Ref: N8)
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Price: 49.95
[Antiquorum]: The Longitude at the Eve of the Third Millenium [Geneva 23/10/1999]

[Antiquorum]: The Longitude at the Eve of the Third Millenium
O/P. A sale of important precision timekeepers - marine chronometers, regulators, watches - and documents relating to the discovery of the longitude. 75 lots all illustrated in colour, the most important being an 8-day marine timekeeper by Henry Sully - probably the third he made and one of only two known to have survived. This item, called Pendule à Levier by Sully, was made in 1724 and is extensively described and illustrated. Other items in the sale included an exceptional chronometer wristwatch by F.P. Journe, a pocket watch by George Daniels, several marine chronometers by Breguet and the first lever watch made by Joseph Emery. Hardback catalogue, very good condition. [Sale @ Geneva 23/10/1999] (Ref: A268)

Price: 50.00

Asprey: Exhibition of Marine Chronometers August 1972
O/P. 25 pages, illustrated, 1972. A useful reference for the descriptions and illustrations of some fine chronometers by Arnold, Earnshaw, Dent, Motel, McCabe etc. A good copy, card covers. (Ref: K600 - BX16)

Price: 22.00

Asprey: Exhibition of Marine Chronometers May 1979
O/P. 24 pages, illustrated, 1979. A useful catalogue describing and illustrating some fine chronometers by Arnold, Barraud, Dent, Breguet, Ditisheim, etc. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K475 - M2)

Price: 22.00

Asprey: Exhibition of Marine Chronometers December 1987
O/P. 24 pages, illustrated, 1987. A useful catalogue describing and illustrating some fine chronometers by Arnold, Barraud, Pennington & others, Breguet, James Murray, Usher & Cole, etc. A clean copy but pages creased, card covers. (Ref: K2721 - BX17)

Price: 10.00

Bertele (H. von): Marine and Pocket Chronometers, Their History and Development

Bertele (H. von): Marine and Pocket Chronometers, Their History and Development
NEW. 310 pages plus 8 page bibliography, 350 items illustrated, 1991. This is the English edition of a book first published in Germany. The illustrations are excellent and the book is recommended to all those interested in chronometers. With dust jacket. (Ref: N36)
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Price: 128.99

Betts (J.): Harrison
O/P. 96 pages, over 60 illustrations, enlarged edition, 2007. An excellent book explaining the longitude problem and the life and work of John Harrison. Harrison's early clocks, the Brocklesby Park clock, the precision pendulum clocks, the R.A.S. regulator and the marine timekeepers H1 to H4 are all illustrated and discussed. Also illustrated is a sketch by Harrison of his 'lesser watch' which may have been made but has never been found. A fine copy with fine dust jacket, card covers. (Ref: K4184 - L1)

Price: 12.00

Betts (J.): Time Restored The Harrison timekeepers and R. T. Gould, the man who knew (almost) Everything

Betts (J.): Time Restored The Harrison timekeepers and R. T. Gould, the man who knew (almost) Everything
NEW. 464 pages, 61 illustrations, 2006, reprinted 2007. An interesting new biography of Lt Cdr Rupert Gould, the author of The Marine Chronometer, written with the cooperation of his family and with access to his diaries. Gould, best known for his chronometer book and the rescue and restoration of John Harrison's timekeepers, wrote, lectured and broadcast on several subjects. A well researched and written book which I can thoroughly recommend. With dust jacket. (Ref: N995)
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Price: 39.50
BHI:  Principles and Explanations of Timekeepers by Harrison, Arnold and Earnshaw

BHI: Principles and Explanations of Timekeepers by Harrison, Arnold and Earnshaw
O/P. An introduction to and facsimile reprint of papers published by the Commissioners of Longitude about Harrison's, Arnold's and Earnshaw's chronometers in 1767, 1805 and 1806. A fine copy of the leather spine/marbled boards edition published in 1984, the British Horological Institute's 125th anniversary year. Original film wrapper present but with several small tears.

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(Ref: K1094 - H1)
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Price: 160.00

[Bobinet]: An Exhibition of English Pocket Chronometers from the 18th to the 20th Century
O/P. 17 pages, 15 plates, 1976. The catalogue of an exhibition held in December 1976 showing some fine chronometers. Note: The plates were printed separately and are tipped in. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K4023 - BX4)

Price: 40.00

[Bobinet]: An Exhibition of English Pocket Chronometers from the 18th to the 20th Century
O/P. 17 pages, 1976. The catalogue of an exhibition held in December 1976 showing some fine chronometers. Note: in this copy the 15 plates of illustrations are missing. Card covers. (Ref: K2793 - BX3)

Price: 5.00

Cardinal (C.) et al: Ferdinand Berthoud 1727 - 1807 Horloger Mchanicien du Roi et de la Marine

Cardinal (C.) et al: Ferdinand Berthoud 1727 - 1807 Horloger Mchanicien du Roi et de la Marine
O/P. 343 pages, 166 figs., 1984. Published by the Musée International D'Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds, the first half of this book is about the life and times of Fedinand Berthoud and the quest for an accurate marine timekeeper. The remainder of the book is a catalogue of clocks, watches and chronometers (mostly by Berthoud) for an exhibition held in 1984. A very good copy. [French language] (Ref: K1963 - H5)

Price: 65.00

Chevenard (P.): Nouveaux Alliages du Type Elinvar pour Spiraux de Chronomtres
O/P. 59 pages, 19 figs., 1938, limited edition of 1000 numbered copies, 1938. An important work on the use of Elinvar alloys for the balance springs of precision timekeepers. A very good copy, card covers. [French language] (Ref: K2908 - Y3)

Price: 50.00

Clarke (T.N.), Morrison-Low (A.D.) & Simpson (A.D.C.): Brass & Glass, Scientific Instrument Making Workshops in Scotland
O/P. 320 pages, illustrated, 1989. An excellent book, the result of many years of detailed research and of great use to clock enthusiasts for its chapters on the chronometer makers Alexander Dobbie, Duncan McGregor, Kelvin White, and Whyte Thomson & Co. Barometer collectors will want this book for its information about Alexander Adie and his successors including English branches of the business. Sundial enthusiasts are not forgotten, there is a chapter on Richard Melville and his slate sundials. Recommended reading. A fine copy with previous owner's stamp inside front cover. Soft covers. (Ref: K2093 - H1)

Price: 70.00

Cronin (J.): The Marine Chronometer its History and Development

Cronin (J.): The Marine Chronometer its History and Development
NEW. 112 pages, illustrated, reprinted 2014. An introductory book on the subject with chapters on Navigation and Longitude, John Harrison, Kendal and Mudge, Developments in France and England, The Mechanism of the Chronometer, Chronometer Manufacture, Some Important Makers and a (trivial) chapter on chronometer maintenance. With dust jacket. (Ref: N2283)
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Price: 14.99
Daniels (G.): The Art of Breguet

Daniels (G.): The Art of Breguet
O/P. 394 pages, well illustrated with 427 b&w illustrations and 12 colour plates, 1st edition, 3rd impression, 1986. A magnificent volume, now the standard reference work, about the life and work of Abraham Louis Breguet and his successors. A new copy, with dust jacket, still in publishers shrink wrap, - 2 corners bruised in transit.

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(Ref: N950)

Price: 150.00

Dent (E.J.): On the Construction and Management of Chronometers, Watches, and Clocks
O/P. 31 pages, figs., originally published in 1842 this is the 1970's (?) reprint. An interesting publication by Edward John Dent, being an abstract from two lectures he gave to the United Services Institution in 1841. A fine copy, card covers. (Ref: K1369 - BX2)

Price: 22.00

Dunn (R.) & Higgitt (R.): Finding Longitude - How ships, clocks and stars helped solve the longitude problem

Dunn (R.) & Higgitt (R.): Finding Longitude - How ships, clocks and stars helped solve the longitude problem
NEW. 255 pages, illustrated, 2014. Published to coincide with the tercentenary of the first Longitude Act of Parliament in 1714, and The Quest for Longitude exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in 2014, this beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the quest for longitude, one of the greatest achievements of the Georgian age. With dust jacket. (Ref: N3649)
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Price: 19.50
Eder (N.): Beobachtungsuhren - Deck watches - Chronomtres de bord

Eder (N.): Beobachtungsuhren - Deck watches - Chronomtres de bord
O/P. 216 pages, 23 figs., 130 watches illustrated, 1987. The only work devoted to deck watches, with preliminary chapters on production in various countries followed by descriptions and illustrations of watches produced by all the well-known European and American makers. A very good copy of a rare book, the dust jacket also very good. [Note: Only the title is in 3 languages, the contents are entirely in German]

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(Ref: K2508 - G2)
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Price: 175.00

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