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Anon: The Story of the British Clock Tower in the Plaza Britanica, Retiro, Buenos Aires
O/P. 32 pages, illustrated, 1916. The clock tower and its clock were presented to the Argentine nation in commemoration of its first centenary, by the British residents in Argentina. The book is about the history of Argentina's independence and the building of and presentation of the tower. The clock, by Gillett & Johnson is hardly mentioned and not illustrated. A good copy, the card covers a bit worn and creased. (Ref: K4306 - BX6)

Price: 15.00

Bedini (S.A.) & Maddison (F.R.): Mechanical Universe: The Astrarium of Giovanni De' Dondi
O/P. 69 pages, 53 illus., 1966. Published in the transactions of the American Philosophical Society, this is a well known study of this famous astronomical clock. A very good copy, thin card covers. (Ref: K670 - P3)

Price: 20.00

Beeson (C.F.C.): English Church Clocks 1280 - 1850
O/P. 132 pages, 86 figures, 1st edition, 1971. The standard reference book on English church clocks, also known as turret clocks by enthusiasts and collectors. A good copy of the Antiquarian Horological Society member's edition, card covers. (Ref: K708 - B3)

Price: 60.00

Beeson (C.F.C.): English Church Clocks 1280 - 1850
O/P. 132 pages, 86 figures, 1st edition, 1971. The standard reference book on English church clocks, also known as turret clocks by enthusiasts and collectors. A good copy Phillimore hardback edition, dust jacket worn. (Ref: K874 - Q1)

Price: 60.00

Beeson (C.F.C.): English Church Clocks 1280 - 1850 Their History and Classification
O/P. 172 pages, 100 figures, 2nd edition, 1977. This is a revised edition based on the AHS/Phillimore edition of 1971. An essential book for turret clock enthusiasts as this is the best work on the subject. A very good copy, hardback, no dust jacket as published. (Ref: K441 - F2)

Price: 95.00

Beeson (C.F.C.) & Maddison (F.R.): An Early Anchor Escapement in a Turret Clock
O/P. [4 pages], 4 figs., reprinted from Antiquarian Horology, 1969. The turret clock in Whaddon Church, Buckinghamshire is the earliest known anchor escapement in a village church clock. The clock is dated 1673. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K3552 - BX11)

Price: 5.00

Berman (G.): An Essay on Church Clocks
S/H. 58 pages, illus., 1974. An account of the workings of early public clocks with specific reference to the 3-train clock at the Santa Cruz Hospital, Barcelona. A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K33 - BX13)

Price: 12.00

Bundock (M.): Margate Clock Tower

Bundock (M.): Margate Clock Tower
NEW. 46 pages, illustrated, 2013. The clock tower was built to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1877 and has a 3-train clock by William Potts & Sons of Leeds. Unusually, the top of the tower has a Time Ball which is currently being restored to working order. An interesting history. Card covers. (Ref: N3418)

Price: 10.00
Bundock (M.) & McKay (C.): James W. Benson of Ludgate Hill - Turret Clock Makers

Bundock (M.) & McKay (C.): James W. Benson of Ludgate Hill - Turret Clock Makers
NEW. 72 pages, illustrated, 2002. James Benson was a prolific retailer of clocks and watches in the 19th and early 20th century. This book focuses on the turret clock activities of the company and reproduces rare catalogue and advertising material. A list of known Benson turret clock installations is also included. Card covers. (Ref: N527)
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Price: 12.00

Darwin (J.): The Triumphs of Big Ben
O/P. 188 pages, illustrated, 1986. The story of the famous clock at Westminster from its conception in 1836 to today. The mechanical disaster in 1976 due to metal fatigue, and the repair of the clock, is covered in great detail. A very good copy with good dust jacket. (Ref: K2928 - L1)

Price: 20.00

Duley (A.J.): The Medieval Clock of Salisbury Cathedral
O/P. 11 pages, 4 plates, 1972. A description of this famous clock, its history and restoration. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K4294 - BX14)

Price: 5.00

Dunning (R.): Wells Cathedral Clock

Dunning (R.): Wells Cathedral Clock
NEW. 24 pages, 13 illustrations, 2011. An interesting booklet about the medieval clock and automata installed at Wells (Somerset, England) prior to 1392. The clock movement is now in the Science Museum in London, the internal and external dials are now driven by a Gillett & Bland movement made in 1880. The booklet describes the dials and the wooden figures as well as giving the history of the clock. Card covers. (Ref: N4001)
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Price: 5.99

Elliott (D.J.): Shropshire Clock and Watchmakers
O/P. 172 pages, 19 b&w illustrations, 1979. This is the only book on the county and is always in demand as it contains information not to be found elsewhere. The book also contains a chapter on the history of J.B. Joyce & Co. Ltd of Whitchurch, famous for their turret clocks. A very good copy with very good dust jacket. (Ref: K1024 - D1)

Price: 45.00

Ellmers (C.): A Nineteenth Century London Clock Factory - John Moore & Sons, Clerkenwell Close
O/P. [32 pages], 14 figs., 1988. An interesting paper about a major London clock manufacturer, contained in an issue of the Journal of the Tool and Trades History Society. A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K2542 - F5)

Price: 12.00

Gents of Leicester: The B.P. System of Patent Silent Electric Impulse Clocks

Gents of Leicester: The B.P. System of Patent Silent Electric Impulse Clocks
NEW. 28 pages, illustrated, 2005. A reprint of the 1907 Gents of Leicester catalogue for their electric impulse clocks. The catalogue has illustrations and prices of master clocks and slaves for domestic, factory and external use. Card covers. (Ref: N795)

Price: 10.00

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

Grimthorpe (Lord): A Rudimentary Treatise on Clocks, Watches and Bells for Public Purposes
O/P. 404 pages, 81 figs., 1974. A reprint of the 8th edition, originally printed in 1903, of this famous publication. Edmund Beckett, Lord Grimthorpe was one of the 19th century's great horological characters. The book contains lots of information on clocks, watches and chronometers. [note: The folding frontispiece of the Westminster clock does not appear in the reprint.] A good copy with good dust jacket. (Ref: K354 - E5)

Price: 65.00

Hellyer (B.) & Hellyer (H.): The Astronomical Clock Hampton Court Palace
O/P. 28 pages, illus., 1973. The clock was built in 1540 and was probably designed by Nicholas Kratzer and made by Nicholas Oursian. The dial still exists but is now driven by a Gillet and Bland movement installed in 1879. A useful booklet which describes the clock and how to read the information on the dial. Very good copy, rear cover a little creased, card covers. (Ref: K868 - BX16)

Price: 15.00

Howgrave-Graham (R.P.): Peter Lightfoot, Monk of Glastonbury & The Old Clock at Wells
O/P. 56 pages, 7 plates, 1922. An interesting book for turret clock enthusiasts as the Wells clock is one of the oldest in England. A very good copy, covers faded and a little worn to spine. (Ref: K153 - V1)

Price: 20.00

Howgrave-Graham (R.P.): Some Clocks and Jacks, with Notes on the History of Horology
O/P. [56 pages, 12 plates], 1928. An interesting paper on early turret clocks with jacks for striking, reprinted from an issue of Archaeologia. Basically good but paper yellowing with age, paper covers now missing so front and back pages a little marked and worn. (Ref: K3059 - Y3)

Price: 25.00


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