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Aked (C.K.): William Oughtred - An Early Horological Expositor
O/P. 10 pages, illustrated, 1981. A good biographical account of William Oughtred, little known today but famous in his own day as a mathematician, teacher and deviser of scientific instruments. Oughtred devised the universal equinoctial ring dial and one of his horological works was published as an appendix in John Smith's Horological Dialogues. A fine copy, an offprint from Antiquarian Horology, unbound. (Ref: K4388 - BX5)

Price: 4.00

Allan (C.): Old Stirling Clockmakers

Allan (C.): Old Stirling Clockmakers
O/P. 111 pages, illustrated, 1990. This work is a very detailed account of Stirling and St. Ninians' makers and their clocks up to 1900. Old stock, book and dust jacket both in as new condition. (Ref: K6 - T1)
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Price: 24.00
Andrews (H.C.): A Hertfordshire Worthy - John Briant Bell-Founder and Clockmaker 1749 - 1829

Andrews (H.C.): A Hertfordshire Worthy - John Briant Bell-Founder and Clockmaker 1749 - 1829
O/P. 95 pages, 11 plates, 1930. A biography of John Briant who worked in Hertford, together with a detailed list of his bells, turret clocks and longcase clocks. This is a very rare book. A good copy, the card covers a little worn, bruise to bottom of spine.

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(Ref: K1534 - G2)
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Price: 150.00
[Anon]: The London Wholesale, Manufacturing, and Retail Goldsmiths, Silversmiths, Jewellers, Watch Makers, Opticians, and Cutlers' Directory,. (HB)

[Anon]: The London Wholesale, Manufacturing, and Retail Goldsmiths, Silversmiths, Jewellers, Watch Makers, Opticians, and Cutlers' Directory, .
NEW. 320 pages, facsimile edition, 1996. First published in 1861 this is a useful directory for many London trades including clock making and watchmaking. The directory also covers many trades (including clocks and watches) in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester as well as the watch and clock tool manufacturers' of Prescot, and the watch trades of Coventry. This facsimile reprint was limited to 500 copies and is a good reference source for clock and watch enthusiasts. A new, unused copy of the hardback edition with dust jacket. (Ref: N2874)

Price: 30.00
[Anon]: The London Wholesale, Manufacturing, and Retail Goldsmiths, Silversmiths, Jewellers, Watch Makers, Opticians, and Cutlers' Directory, .(PB)

[Anon]: The London Wholesale, Manufacturing, and Retail Goldsmiths, Silversmiths, Jewellers, Watch Makers, Opticians, and Cutlers' Directory, .
O/P. 320 pages, facsimile edition, 1996. First published in 1861 this is a useful directory for many London trades including clock making and watchmaking. The directory also covers many trades (including clocks and watches) in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester as well as the watch and clock tool manufacturers' of Prescot, and the watch trades of Coventry. This facsimile reprint was limited to 500 copies and is a good reference source for clock and watch enthusiasts. A new, unused copy of the card covers edition. (Ref: N3437)

Price: 17.50

Appleby (K.): Clockmakers of Cheshire
O/P. 152 pages, 12 colour and 12 b&w plates, signed by author, 1999. This is the only book about Cheshire makers and the listing by town and village is most useful. The extracts from the Cheshire Sheaf, Chester Chronicle and Chester Courant provide useful information about the makers, which is not easily available elsewhere. This book has become hard to find. A very good copy the dust jacket worn and torn. (Ref: K9 - M2)

Price: 65.00

Atkins (C.E.):  The Company of Clockmakers:  Register of Apprentices 1631 - 1931

Atkins (C.E.): The Company of Clockmakers: Register of Apprentices 1631 - 1931
O/P. 339 pages, 18 plates, 1931. A scarce and useful reference book which is now very hard to find. A very good copy, owners name on ffep, edges of cloth a little rubbed.

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(Ref: K12 - CR8)
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Price: 325.00

Atkins (S.E.) & Overall (W.H.): Some Account of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers of the City of London
O/P. 346 pages, 9 illustrations, privately printed, 1881. An historical account of the Company and its working practices with information about early makers. A good copy, rebound many years ago with a vellum spine and paper covered boards, the latter worn to edges and with worn and bruised corners. A scarce book.

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(Ref: K3041 - V1)

Price: 295.00

Atkins (S.E.) & Overall (W.H.): 	Some Account of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers of the City of London

Atkins (S.E.) & Overall (W.H.): Some Account of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers of the City of London
O/P. 346 pages, 9 illustrations, top edge gilt, privately printed, 1881. An historical account of the Company and its working practices with information about early makers. A very good copy of the standard brown cloth edition with gilt lettering to front and spine, pages clean and bright, corners lightly bumped. Now scarce.

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(Ref: K13 - CR8)
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Price: 325.00
Bacon (D.H.): Watchmaking in Llangollen by Robert Hughes - A Genuine Late-Nineteenth Century Welsh Watch Manufacturer

Bacon (D.H.): Watchmaking in Llangollen by Robert Hughes - a Genuine late-Nineteenth Century Welsh Watch Manufacturer
NEW. 111 pages, illustrated, 2000. A detailed study of the business of Robert Hughes, based on original documents and record books, which manufactured and retailed watches in the second half of the 19th century. The book shows the difficulty faced by British manufacturers caused by large scale importation of low cost watches. With dust jacket. (Ref: N394)
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Price: 25.00

Baillie (G.H.): Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World
O/P. 388 pages, 2nd edition, signed by author, 1947. This and volume 2 are indispensable for their listings of makers and their working dates. (See under Loomes for volume 2 and the new combined 21st century edition). An interesting association copy as it has a presentation inscription to G. B. Buckley signed by the author. Buckley was an enthusiast who authored several papers with lists of clockmakers. A very good copy with good dust jacket. (Ref: K439 - F5)

Price: 15.00

Barraud (E.M.):  Barraud, The Story of a Family

Barraud (E.M.): Barraud, The Story of a Family
O/P. 190 pages, frontispiece + 20 plates, 11 pedigree charts, 1967. The story of the Barraud family in England, New Zealand and America, all descended from Philippe Barraud who was born in France and became a British citizen in 1704. The family includes several distinguished artists as well as the clock and chronometer makers. A good copy with good dust jacket (the latter now a little marked). (Ref: K25 - S2)
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Price: 85.00
Bates (K.): Clockmakers of Northumberland and Durham

Bates (K.): Clockmakers of Northumberland and Durham
O/P. 303 pages, 126 plates, signed by author, an edition of 1000 numbered copies, 1980. A useful reference book on the clockmakers of these two English counties. New copies, but old stock, recently purchased direct from the publisher. With dust jacket. (Ref: N4472)
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Price: 45.00
Bates (K.): Early Clock and Watchmakers of the Blacksmiths' Company

Bates (K.): Early Clock and Watchmakers of the Blacksmiths' Company
NEW. 490 pages, 400 illustrations, 2018. Many early clockmakers were members of the Blacksmiths' Company before the Clockmakers Company was founded in 1631. This is a well researched account of the clock and watch making trades in the Blacksmiths' Company and the rivalry between the two companies in the late 17th and 18th century. The book includes a directory of more than 1500 clock and watchmakers trained in the Blacksmiths' Company. With dust jacket. (Ref: N4470)
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Price: 95.00

Baume & Co.: A Hundred Years of Time - The Story of Baume and Company Watchmakers
O/P. 28 pages, illus., [ 1949 ]. A history of the Baume watch company, founded in Les Bois, Switzerland in 1834. A London retail business was started in 1844 and the firm sold Baume watches as well as being agent for Longines and other Swiss makers. Very good copy, covers lightly marked. (Ref: K1059 - BX18)

Price: 25.00

Beeson (C.F.C.):  Clockmaking in Oxfordshire 1400 - 1850

Beeson (C.F.C.): Clockmaking in Oxfordshire 1400 - 1850
NEW. 212 pages, 34 plates, portrait, folding map, 3rd edition, 1989. This is a reprint of the second edition with a new introduction by A.V. Simcock and a new enlarged index which contains some additional information about the clockmakers. This book is essential reading if you are interested in the clocks and clockmakers of this county. Card covers. (Ref: N28)
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Price: 20.00
Bell (D.A.): The Watch and Clock Makers of Northern Ireland

Bell (D.A.): The Watch and Clock Makers of Northern Ireland
NEW. 339 pages, over 100 colour photographs, 2020. A new, well researched, book with a comprehensive list of over 2,300 watch and clockmakers working in Northern Ireland from 1622 to around 1900. The book includes details of apprentices, journeymen and employees, together with workers in allied trades such as watch glass makers and grinders, dial makers and brass founders. (Ref: N5081)
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Price: 40.00

Bellchambers (J.K.): Somerset Clockmakers
O/P. 79 pages, 20 plates, folding map, 1st edition, 1968. The book has notes on famous makers as well as lists of Bristol and Somerset clockmakers. A good copy. Card covers. (Ref: K1011 - D2)

Price: 20.00

Bendall (S.): The Quest for the Chelsea Watchmaker
O/P. [4 pages], 2 illustrations, 1991. A short paper, contained in a report of the Chelsea Society, about Samuel Boulter (1808 - 1873), a little known London watchmaker. Good copy, card covers. (Ref: K3827 - X1)

Price: 15.00

Beney (D.R.): Beaminster Clocks & their Makers

Beney (D.R.): Beaminster Clocks & their Makers
NEW. 61 pages, illustrated, 1996. A useful book about the clocks and clockmakers of this Dorset town written by a Beaminster resident. New, unused copies found in a box at the back of the store room. Card covers. (Ref: N2819)

Price: 4.50

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