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Barder (R.C.R.): English Country Grandfather Clocks - the Brass Dial Longcase
O/P. 223 pages, 125 plates, 1983. A useful book for longcase clock enthusiasts and a good guide to dating a clock from the style of the dial and case. Good copy with good dust jacket (faded to spine). (Ref: K1009 - E3)

Price: 25.00

Barder (R.C.R.): The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714 - 1830

Barder (R.C.R.): The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714 - 1830
O/P. 233 pages, 33 colour plates and numerous b&w illustrations, 1993. This is the standard reference work on bracket clocks and an essential part of the library for every collector and enthusiast. Now out of print and hard to find. A fine copy with fine dust jacket (minor bruising to one corner).

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(Ref: K1402 - E4)
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Price: 235.00

Bird (A.): English House Clocks 1600 - 1850
O/P. 313 pages, 45 plates, 1981. An historical survey and guide to the subject and still worth reading. With dust jacket. (Ref: K37 - E2)

Price: 18.00

Bird (C.): Metamec The Clockmaker Dereham

Bird (C.): Metamec The Clockmaker Dereham
NEW. 382 pages, illustrated, 2003. Metamec of East Dereham in Norfolk, made a wide range of domestic clocks in the second half of the 20th century. This is a history of the firm, written whilst those with first hand knowledge of the business are still alive. The book has many photographs and details of the models Metamec made - at the height of their success they employed 1,000 people and were making 25,000 clocks a week! With dust jacket. (Ref: N395)
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Price: 21.00
Bowett (A.): Woods in British Furniture-Making 1400 - 1900  (to order)

Bowett (A.): Woods in British Furniture-Making 1400 - 1900 An Illustrated Historical Dictionary
NEW. 360 pages, illustrated, 2012. An excellent new book charting the species, sources, import and history of woods used in British furniture from medieval times to the 20th century. The book includes 477 species, in 460 entries, from Europe, Africa and Australasia, and includes 160 illustrations of wood samples for reference. Find out more about goncalo alves (zebra wood), 'mulberry wood' (stained burr maple), broomwood, etc., etc. An essential reference book for understanding the timbers used in British furniture making including clockcases. With dust jacket.

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(Ref: N2715)
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Price: 110.00
Britten (F.J.):  Old English Clocks - The Wetherfield Collection

Britten (F.J.) : Old English Clocks - The Wetherfield Collection
O/P. xii, 114 pages, illus., 1st edition, number 128 of 234 copies, 1907. Measuring 15 x 11½ inches, this is a pictorial record of the Wetherfield collection with notes on the makers of the clocks included. A good copy, original cloth, clean & bright internally, endpapers a little foxed, binding tight, cloth boards worn to edges and corners, small split to cloth hinge at top & bottom of spine, minor loss of cloth at top & bottom of spine. A rare book and this is the best copy in its original binding that I have seen for some time.

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(Ref: K52 - L3)
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Price: 295.00

Bruce (W.): Early English Lantern Clocks 1600 - 1700
NEW. 62 pages, illustrated, 2013. The catalogue of an exhibition of 17 fine lantern clocks, all beautifully illustrated in colour photographs. The earliest item in the catalogue is a miniature lantern clock circa 1610, but the star of the exhibition was the 8-day great chamber clock from Sutton Court dated 1672 and still in its original case. An excellent reference book. Red card covers. (Ref: N3953)
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Price: 25.00

Bruce (W.): Early English Lantern Clocks 1615 - 1700 (PB)

Bruce (W.): Early English Lantern Clocks 1615 - 1700
NEW. 62 pages, illustrated, 2004. The catalogue of an exhibition of 23 fine lantern clocks, all beautifully illustrated in colour photographs. The earliest clock in the catalogue is by Thomas Harvie and dates from circa 1615 and there are several from the William Bowyer workshops in the 1630's. An excellent reference book. Blue card covers. (Ref: N2135)
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Price: 25.00
Bruton (E.):  The Wetherfield Collection of Clocks - a Guide to Dating English Antique Clocks

Bruton (E.): The Wetherfield Collection of Clocks - a Guide to Dating English Antique Clocks
O/P. 263 pages, over 220 b&w illustrations, 1981. A pictorial record of the Wetherfield collection collating the data from all previous publications and identifying errors of authenticity and date in the earlier works. This is a useful guide to dating English clocks and is the most useful reference to this famous collection. A very good copy with very good dust jacket. This hardback is so much nicer than the recent paperback reprint. (Ref: K1015 - Z3)

Price: 25.00

Cescinsky (H.) & Webster (M.R.): English Domestic Clocks
O/P. 354 pages, 407 figs., reprinted 1991. The classic work on English clocks, no enthusiast should be without a copy as most of the book is still relevant and of use today. A very good copy with good dust jacket. (Ref: K446 - E3)

Price: 40.00

Darken (J.) (editor):  Horological Masterworks - English Seventeenth-Century Clocks from Private Collections

Darken (J.) (editor): Horological Masterworks - English Seventeenth-Century Clocks from Private Collections
NEW. 251 pages, profusely illustrated in colour, 2003. This is the high quality catalogue, with excellent photographs, of an exhibition of 53 fabulous clocks held in Oxford to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Antiquarian Horological Society. The catalogue fully describes and illustrates every item and has become a desirable collector's item. Soft covers. New copies, found in box at back of storeroom.

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(Ref: N2876)

Price: 125.00

Darken (J.) (editor): Time & Place - English Country Clocks 1600 - 1840
O/P. 260 pages, illustrated in colour, 2006. The catalogue for an exhibition held by the Antiquarian Horological Society at the Museum of The History of Science in Oxford from 25 November 2006 until 15 April 2007. The catalogue describes and beautifully illustrates 67 clocks and includes a portrait of John Whitehurst. There are articles on the Greenhill clockmakers from Kent, John London of Bristol, John Watts of Stamford, James Woolley of Codnor, Henry Hindley of York, and Samuel Deacon of Barton-in-the-Beans. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K2438 - G1)

Price: 45.00

Darken (J.) & Hooper (J.): English 30 Hour Clocks - Origin & Development 1600 - 1800

Darken (J.) & Hooper (J.): English 30 Hour Clocks - Origin & Development 1600 - 1800
O/P. 430 pages, illustrated, signed by authors, 1997. A very good book on a neglected subject, essential reading for longcase, lantern and hooded wall clock enthusiasts. Now out of print and in demand. A fine copy (no dust jacket). (Ref: K93 - H3)
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Price: 70.00
Ells (A.): Finding and Restoring Longcase Clocks

Ells (A.): Finding and Restoring Longcase Clocks
NEW. 144 pages, 8 pages of colour and about 180 b&w photographs, paperback edition, 2009. A comprehensive guide to finding and buying longcase clocks, telling you what to look for and what to avoid, and a guide to purchase and restoration costs. The book also has a section on the practical aspects of restoration. Paperback. (Ref: N2164)

Price: 16.99
Ende (H. van den) et al: Huygens' Legacy - The Golden Age of the Pendulum Clock

Ende (H. van den) Et Al: Huygens' Legacy - The Golden Age of the Pendulum Clock
O/P. 301 pages, profusely illustrated in colour, 2004. This excellent book was published to accompany an exhibition of 90 superb French, English and Dutch clocks at Het Loo Palace, Holland in 2004. The book has 4 main sections; Prologue 1600 - 1656, Invention and Early Development 1656 -1666, Progression and Innovation 1666 - 1685, and Further Developments and Perfection 1685 - 1710. This splendid work will be an important reference for clock lovers for many years to come. A fine copy of the softback edition.

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(Ref: K1882 - S3)

Price: 120.00
Ermert (J.): Przisionspendeluhren in Deutschland von 1730 bis 1940  Volume 1

Ermert (J.): Przisionspendeluhren in Deutschland von 1730 bis 1940 Volume 1
NEW. Volume 1: 603 pages, 1373 illustrations (many in colour), 2015. This volume covers the early period from 1730 to 1770 describing the English precision pendulum clocks in Germany and the English influence; as well as the development of German precision clocks from 1770 until 1840 (part 1). The book has good sections on the English makers George Graham, John Shelton, Thomas Mudge, William Dutton, John Arnold & Son, Benjamin Vulliamy, Robert Molyneux and their clocks. Clocks at Leiden Observatory as well as the Observatories in Vienna, Prague, Leiden and Germany are all described and discussed. A well researched, well illustrated book, with strong binding. (Volumes 2, 3 & 4 also in stock) [German language]

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(Ref: N3759)
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Price: 140.00
Essen (R.): The Birth of Atomic Time

Essen (R.): The Birth of Atomic Time
NEW. 186 pages, about 60 illustrations, 2015. An interesting book explaining the importance of very precise timekeeping in the modern world, and the building of the first atomic clock by Louis Essen at the National Physical Laboratory, London in 1955. The book includes Louis Essen's memoirs. Paperback. (Ref: N3810)
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Price: 15.99
Evans (J.): Thomas Tompion at the Dial and Three Crowns

Evans (J.): Thomas Tompion at the Dial and Three Crowns
NEW. 130 pages, 110 illustrations many in colour, 2006. The book includes a concise check list of the clocks, watches and instruments from the Tompion workshops, including the work of George Graham and other makers who were also apprenticed to Tompion. This book is the result of many years work recording, researching and documenting the life, times and work of one of the world's most famous clockmakers. With dust jacket. (Ref: N960)
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Price: 30.00
Evans (J.), Carter (J.) & Wright (B.): Thomas Tompion 300 Years

Evans (J.), Carter (J.) & Wright (B.): Thomas Tompion 300 Years
NEW. 664 pages, illustrated, limited edition of 750 copies, 2013. A magnificent volume, superbly illustrated (in colour), about England's most celebrated clock and watch maker. A chronology of Tompion's life is followed by a study of his domestic clocks; details of customers and visitors to Tompion's workshop; a detailed study of Tompion's watches and watchmakers; descriptions and illustrations of a large number of Tompion's clocks and instruments; plus the most comprehensive concise checklist of Tompion's clocks, watches and instruments yet produced. Essential reading. With dust jacket. Now out of print but I have found a few new copies, still in publisher's shrink wrap.

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(Ref: N3942)
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Price: 275.00
Gatto (M.): The Tavern Clock

Gatto (M.): The Tavern Clock
NEW. 232 pages, 65 colour illustrations, a limited edition of 500 signed and numbered copies, 2010. An important book on tavern clocks concentrating on the cases and their decoration as well as the historical context. There are interesting chapters on lacquer work, the origins of the prints often found on lacquered tavern clock doors, and buying & restoring tavern clocks. The second half of the book is a comprehensive archive describing over 300 tavern clocks known to the author. With dust jacket. (Ref: N2267)
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Price: 50.00

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