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Bonhte (D.): Au Temps des Bites Musique des Origines aux Orgues de Fte Foraine
O/P. 175 pages, illus., 1972. A book on music boxes of all types and sizes, from small snuff boxes to fairground organs. With record containing 18 tunes recorded from a range of music boxes. A very good copy with good dust jacket. [French language] (Ref: K3256 - V2)

Price: 20.00

Bulleid (H.A.V.): Cylinder Musical Box Technology
O/P. 290 pages, illustrated, 1994. An interesting book on the subject with a wealth of information including makers, types, dating and music played. A fine copy, now nicely bound in black half leather with gilt lettering to the spine, original card covers bound in. (Ref: K3992 - F5)
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Price: 40.00

Gillett & Johnson: "Gillett" Clocks, Carillons, Bells
O/P. 43p, illus., [ 1982 ]. An interesting reprint of a 1906 Gillett & Johnson turret clock catalogue. The introduction and a new afterword outline the history of the firm and its proprietors since its foundation in 1844. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K1143 - BX8)

Price: 27.00

Haspels (J.J.L.): Musical Automata - Catalogue of the automatic musical instruments in the National Museum 'From Musical Clock to Street Organ'
O/P. 256 pages, illustrated, 1994. A high quality publication, the catalogue of the automatic musical instruments in the National Museum van Speelklok tot Pierment, Utrecht. The collection includes musical clocks, cylinder and disc musical boxes, pianolas, orchestrions and street organs. A fine copy with fine dust jacket. [English language edition] (Ref: K4183 - G7)

Price: 85.00

Haspels (J.J.L.): Royal Music Machines

Haspels (J.J.L.): Royal Music Machines
NEW. 286 pages, illustrated in colour, 2006. An excellent book, well researched and illustrated, and produced to a high standard. The book is the catalogue of an exhibition held at the Museum van Speelklok, Utrecht; the first 85 pages contain an introduction and six scholarly essays on the subject, followed by a detailed catalogue of the 55 exhibits - 37 musical clocks plus music boxes, organs and spinets. There is an appendix with the music scores of some of the exhibits as well as information about the contributions of Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to mechanical music. This in an important contribution to our knowledge of musical clocks. With dust jacket. (Ref: N2391)

Price: 35.00

[Jacot & Son]: How to Repair Musical Boxes
O/P. 32 pages, illus., 3rd edition, 1890. Practical instructions to watchmakers with a complete illustrated catalogue of materials. A small, useful, guide to the repair of musical boxes. This may well be an original copy or it may be a 20th century reprint, I am not sure. Good condition, paper covers. (Ref: K1151 - BX12)

Price: 15.00

Kochmann (K.):  Black Forest Clockmaker and the Cuckoo Clock

Kochmann (K.): Black Forest Clockmaker and the Cuckoo Clock
NEW. 266 pages, illustrated, reprinted 2005. A detailed study of cuckoo clocks, including notes and diagrams of their mechanisms. The book also has chapters on history, restoration, trademarks and illustrations from several late 19th century catalogues. Card covers. (Ref: N1424)

Price: 25.00
Kochmann (K.):  Black Forest Music Clocks

Kochmann (K.): Black Forest Music Clocks
NEW. 61 pages, 33 colour illus., figures, 1990. A useful book on the history, makers, technology and construction of the Black Forest flute clock. Card covers. (Ref: N625)

Price: 20.00

McElhone (K.): Mechanical Music
O/P. 32 pages, illustrated, 1997. A useful introduction to musical boxes, player pianos, organs, etc. A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K1757 - BX18)

Price: 3.00

Mole (J.): The Sultan's Organ - The Diary of Thomas Dallam, 1599
O/P. 105 pages, 2012. In 1599 Queen Elizabeth sent a musical clock with automata to the Turkish sultan. 24 year old organ builder Thomas Dallam travelled with the clock in order to assemble it on arrival. This is the story of his travels as recorded in his diary, set into modern English. Fine copy, paperback. (Ref: K3915 - BX4)

Price: 4.00

Mosoriak (R.): The Curious History of Musical Boxes
O/P. 242 pages, 41 plates plus 30 photographs of the Clara Dawes Collection, 1st edition, 1943. This book has lots of information including a checklist of makers and a listing of all U.S. patents issued concerning music boxes. A good copy, boards a little worn to edges. (Ref: K218 - M3)

Price: 25.00

[MBSGB]: The Music Box - The Journal of the Musical Box Society of Great Britain (78 issues, some bound)

[MBSGB]: The Music Box - The Journal of the Musical Box Society of Great Britain (78 issues, some bound)
O/P. 6 bound volumes (each with 8 issues) and 30 loose issues of The Music Box as follows:
Volumes 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, & 16; each volume of 8 issues, now hardbound.
Volumes 19 & 20; each volume of 8 issues, unbound as issued.
Volume 7 issue 1; volume 9 issues 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6; volume 10 issue 1; volume 21 issues 1, 2, 3, 4 & 7; Volume 22 issues 5 & 6; plus a Souvenir Issue to celebrate a joint meeting of the Musical Box Society of Great Britain and the Musical Box Society International held in August 2005; all issues unbound as issued.
The bound volumes are in very good condition now nicely bound in Rexine (the first two in black, the others brown) with gilt lettering to front and spine, original card covers bound in. The loose issues are also in good condition.
This set weighs 16 kg, shipping in Britain will be £6.99, for other destinations please ask for a quotation as website calculator cannot handle this weight.

(Ref: K4070)
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Price: 95.00
Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Automatic Organs - A Guide to the Mechanical Organ, Orchestrion, Barrel Organ, Fairground, Dancehall & Street Organ, Musical Clock, and Organette  (to order)

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Automatic Organs - A Guide to the Mechanical Organ, Orchestrion, Barrel Organ, Fairground, Dancehall & Street Organ, Musical Clock, and Organette
NEW. 480 pages, 79 colour and 538 b&w photos, 2007. A comprehensive reference book to automatic organs in all their forms, with a list of makers and inventors, and a price guide.

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(Ref: P3963)
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Price: 107.99

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Collecting Musical Boxes and How to Repair Them
O/P. 140 pages, 44 plates, 19 figures, 1967. A good book on the history of disc and cylinder musical boxes and how to restore them. The book has chapters on how to identify makers' trade marks and a list of known makers and their agents. A good copy with fairly good dust jacket (wear to edges). (Ref: K2095 - M2)

Price: 20.00

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Musical Box - a History and Collector's Guide

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Musical Box - a History and Collector's Guide
O/P. 409 pages, 161 plates, 45 figures, 1980. A detailed study on the birth and evolution of cylinder and disc musical boxes by an acknowledged expert. The book has a list of makers, patentees and agents as well as a guide to tune sheets and their identification. A very good copy with good dust jacket (tear to head of spine). (Ref: K230 - F6)
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Price: 75.00
Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Pianola - the History of the Self-Playing Piano

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Pianola - the History of the Self-Playing Piano
O/P. 395 pages, 150 plates, 67 figures, 1984. A comprehensive guide to the rise and fall of the automatic piano. The book starts with the barrel piano and charts the development of pneumatic action and roll playing instruments. The book has a list of the principal makers, patentees and agents. A fine copy with fine dust jacket. (Ref: K2096 - F2)
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Price: 90.00
Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Restoring Musical Boxes & Musical Clocks

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Restoring Musical Boxes & Musical Clocks
NEW. 368 pages, 180 illus. and 184 diagrams approx., reprinted 2005. A good book, now back in print, for the understanding and the repair of cylinder and disc musical boxes, singing birds and all types of musical clocks. An excellent book and essential for restorers and owners of musical boxes and musical clocks. With dust jacket. (Ref: N797)
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Price: 35.00
Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): The Musical Box - A Guide for Collectors Including a Guide to Values

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): The Musical Box - A Guide for Collectors Including a Guide to Values
NEW. 343 pages, 330 plates, 78 figs, 1995. This is the most recent and best of Ord-Hume's books on musical boxes and is the definitive history of mechanical music, its instruments and their development and technology. The book illustrates the various types of mechanism and includes patents, makers' trade marks and tune sheets. With dust jacket. (Ref: N1653)
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Price: 66.50
Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): The Musical Clock - Musical & Automaton Clocks and Watches

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): The Musical Clock - Musical & Automaton Clocks and Watches
NEW. 352 pages, well illustrated in colour and b&w, 1995. The definitive work on musical clocks, including the tunes played, and notes on their makers. A very useful book for collectors. With dust jacket. (Ref: N231)
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Price: 49.99

Reeve (C.B.): The Musical Clock
O/P. 125 pages, 59 figs., 1975. Information and plans to build a 3-train, weight-driven musical clock movement. The book was written for the average model engineer who has a 2½" lathe and associated equipment. A very good copy (bookplate on ffep), the dust jacket good but faded to spine. (Ref: K778 - R1)

Price: 25.00


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