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Baker (H.S.): Furniture Making in the Ancient World - Origins & Evolution 3100 - 475 B.C.
O/P. 351 pages, 16 colour and 474 b&w illustrations, 1966. Based on archaeological discoveries, this book charts the development of furniture in ancient Egypt, the Middle East and the Aegean. A very good copy with fair dust jacket. (Ref: K4106 - CR6)

Price: 10.00

Barnes (N.) & Ilmonen (K.): Clock Cases - A Practical Guide to their Construction, Restoration and Conservation

Barnes (N.) & Ilmonen (K.): Clock Cases - A Practical Guide to their Construction, Restoration and Conservation
NEW. 207 pages, 500 colour illustrations, 2015. A good book for all enthusiasts who are serious about sensitive and sympathetic clock case restoration. The book focuses on wooden cases but also has chapters on stone (marble, slate, limestone) and metal (brass, iron, zinc alloys) cases. With dust jacket. (Ref: N3875)
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Price: 25.00
Brown (P.):  The Noel Terry Collection of Furniture & Clocks (boxed)

Brown (P.): The Noel Terry Collection of Furniture & Clocks
NEW. 152 pages, 119 colour and 71 b&w illustrations, 1987. A good catalogue of the Terry collection, now owned by the York Civic Trust and on public display at Fairfax House, York. The collection includes barometers by Quare, Hallifax of Doncaster and Agar of York. The clocks include fine examples by Edward East, Joseph Knibb, Henry Jones, Tompion, Quare, Windmills, George Graham and Robert Anderson of Liverpool. The hardback edition, with dust jacket, all still in publisher's original cardboard box. (Ref: N2806)
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Price: 19.50

Bryant (D.): Wooden Clock Cases
O/P. 159 pages, illustrated, 1994. An excellent book, the best on the subject, with detailed scale drawings for making cases for English bracket, wall and longcase clocks. Plans are also included for a Black Forest wall clock, a cuckoo clock and a 19th century 'Vienna' regulator. A very good copy of the hardback first edition. (Ref: K1566 - D3)

Price: 30.00

Chippendale (T.): The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director
O/P. vi, 22p, 200 plates, 3rd edition, reprinted 1966. Chippendale's designs influenced furniture makers during his lifetime and beyond, this book includes his designs for clock cases. A clean copy internally, edges of page block now a bit stained. Card covers. (Ref: K3986 - E4)

Price: 12.00

[Christie's]: The Collection of the Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild
O/P. 224 lots, all illustrated in colour. The sale of two important 19th century collections of musical instruments, arms & armour, manuscripts, coins & medals, Silver, ceramics, glass, sculpture, scientific instruments, clocks, furniture and textiles. The clocks included a fine longcase clock by Berthoud, the scientific instruments included a Jost Bürgi globe, several astrolabes and several items by Christoph Schissler of Augsburg. A very good copy, hardback [Sale @ King Street, London 08/07/1999] (Ref: K4731 - TC1)

Price: 25.00

Edwards (R.): The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture
O/P. 684 pages, 1900 illustrations, reprinted 1983. A useful guide to English furniture from the Middle Ages through to the late Georgian period. The book includes a section on clock cases. A very good copy (two bruised corners). (Ref: K4149 - V3)

Price: 15.00

Frgnac (C.) & Meuvret (J.): French Cabinetmakers of the Eighteenth Century
O/P. 344 pages, illustrated, 1963. A detailed and well illustrated study on French cabinetmakers and their work during the Regency, Louis XV and Louis XVI periods. A good copy (with library stamp on endpapers and title page) with fair dust jacket. (Ref: K4103 - CR6)

Price: 15.00

Grandjean (S.): Empire Furniture 1800 to 1825
O/P. 120 pages + 4 colour and 96 b&w plates, 1966. A useful guide to French furniture made during the Empire period. Good copy with fair dust jacket. (Ref: K4104 - CR6)

Price: 10.00

Himmelheber (G.): Biedermeier Furniture
O/P. 115 pages + 4 colour and 115 b&w plates, 1974. A useful guide to German and Austrian furniture of the Beidermeier period from 1815 to 1840. A very good copy with good dust jacket. (Ref: K4105 - CR6)

Price: 15.00

John Jewsbury & Co.: Designs in Antique Brassfoundry (Furniture Fittings, Etc.)
O/P. 60 pages, illustrated, + 15 page price list. Not dated but probably published in 1st quarter of 20th century. An interesting catalogue of brass fittings for furniture and clocks - handles, escutcheons, knobs, hinges, finials, locks, clock dials, clock dial spandrels and clock case fittings. A good copy, binding a bit loose, one page detached, one page with piece cut out. (Ref: K1774 - BX4)

Price: 35.00

Jourdain (M.): Regency Furniture 1795 - 1820
O/P. 111 pages, 173 illustrations, 1st edition, 1934. A well respected book and still worth reading. Regency furniture is elegant in design and proportion with attractive use of veneers and inlays. Good copy, trivial foxing, light wear to covers. (Ref: K3383 - R3)

Price: 10.00

Macquoid (P.): A History of English Furniture (4 volumes)

Macquoid (P.): A History of English Furniture (4 volumes)
O/P. One of the classic works on English furniture covering the period 1500 to 1820, published in 4 volumes as follows:
The Age of Oak: 243 pages, 15 plates, 215 figs., 1919.
The Age of Walnut: 245 pages, 15 plates, 223 figs., 1919.
The Age of Mahogany: 271 pages, 15 plates, 253 figs., 1919.
The Age of Satinwood: 260 pages, 15 plates, 243 figs., 1919.
Generally a good copy, with minor damage to top of spine on two volumes, a few bumped corners and the red cloth now darkened with age. Bindings tight. [Heavy book - weighs 12.0 kg]

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(Ref: K1248 - E7)

Price: 250.00

Macquoid (P.): A History of English Furniture - The Age of Walnut (only)
O/P. 247 pages, 15 plates, 223 figs., 1905. One of the classic works on English furniture. Generally a good copy, covers stained and faded, corners bruised, binding a little loose. (Ref: K3380 - M3)

Price: 35.00

Sheraton (T.): Thomas Sheraton's Classical Revival Furniture Designs
O/P. 238 pages, 98 plates, dated 1972 but I am sure this is a more recent printing. The Dover edition of Sheraton's The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book 1791 - 1794 including all the furniture plates, with accompanying text, from various editions with an introduction by Joseph Aronson. A pristine copy. Card covers. (Ref: K2212 - A2)

Price: 30.00

Stalker (J.) & Parker (G.): A Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing
O/P. 84 pages plus 24 pages of designs, reprinted 1960. A modern reprint of Stalker & Parker's classic Treatise of 1688, with modern 3-page introduction, on the popular 17th century crafts of lacquering, gilding and varnishing. The Treatise is an important work in the history of furniture and decoration, and especially the influence of the Orient in post-restoration London. The book includes recipes for lacquers etc, as well as a guide to application techniques and suggested designs. The hardback edition, a near fine copy (spine a little faded), with original printed slipcase - now worn to corners and edges. (Ref: K1065 - H2)

Price: 65.00

Symonds R.W.: Furniture Making in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century England.
O/P. 238 pages, 4 colour plates and 363 b&w photographs, 1st edition, 1955. An excellent book on furniture making as it includes detailed notes on traditional construction methods and techniques as well as how to identify genuine unaltered examples. The book contains 48 pages on early English longcase clocks, bracket clocks and barometers. A very good copy, bound in original blue cloth still retaining its original dust jacket (in fairly good condition).

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(Ref: K4097 - TC3)

Price: 175.00

Symonds (R.W.): Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks

Symonds (R.W.): Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks
O/P. 172 pages, 8 colour plates, 131 b&w illus., 1st edition, 1940. Limited edition of 1250 copies. An excellent book on English furniture and clocks; the latter occupies pages 95 - 168 and illustrates some fine bracket and longcase clocks and a few barometers. A very good copy, clean and bright, with minor shelf wear. (Ref: K685 - F4)
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Price: 75.00

Symonds (R.W.): Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks
O/P. 174 pages, 8 colour plates, 131 b&w illus., reprinted 1986. An excellent book on English furniture and clocks; the latter occupies pages 95 - 168 and illustrates some fine bracket and longcase clocks and a few barometers. Good copy, dust jacket crinkled to bottom edge. (Ref: K790 - F7)

Price: 15.00

Symonds (R.W.): The Present State of Old English Furniture.
O/P. 132 pages, 113 figures, 2nd edition 1927. Symonds was the leading furniture expert of his day and was advisor to several famous collectors including Percival Griffiths and Sir John Prestige, all his books are worth reading. A clean copy, first few pages a little foxed, covers worn. (Ref: K3382 - R3)

Price: 10.00

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