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Cronin (J.): The Marine Chronometer its History and Development

Cronin (J.): The Marine Chronometer its History and Development
NEW. 112 pages, illustrated, reprinted 2014. An introductory book on the subject with chapters on Navigation and Longitude, John Harrison, Kendal and Mudge, Developments in France and England, The Mechanism of the Chronometer, Chronometer Manufacture, Some Important Makers and a (trivial) chapter on chronometer maintenance. With dust jacket. (Ref: N2283)
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Price: 14.99
Daniels (G.): The Art of Breguet

Daniels (G.): The Art of Breguet
New. 394 pages, well illustrated with 427 b&w illustrations and 12 colour plates, reprinted with a foreword by Emmanuel Breguet, 2021. Long out of print, this much needed reprint makes Daniels' standard reference work, about the life and work of Abraham Louis Breguet and his successors, available to a new generation of enthusiasts and collectors. With dust jacket. (Ref: N5084)
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Price: 95.00

Dent (E.J.): On the Construction and Management of Chronometers, Watches, and Clocks
O/P. 31 pages, figs., originally published in 1842 this is the 1970's (?) reprint. An interesting publication by Edward John Dent, being an abstract from two lectures he gave to the United Services Institution in 1841. A good copy, card covers. (Ref: K1369 - BX2)

Price: 22.00

Dunn (R.) & Higgitt (R.): Ships, Clocks and Stars - The Quest for Longitude
O/P. 255 pages, illustrated, 2014. Published to coincide with the tercentenary of the first Longitude Act of Parliament in 1714, and The Quest for Longitude exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in 2014, this beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the quest for longitude, one of the greatest achievements of the Georgian age. A fine copy, card covers. (Ref: K5024 - CR9)

Price: 15.00

Earnshaw (T.): Longitude. An Appeal to the Public: stating Mr Thomas Earnshaw's Claim to the Original Invention of the Improvements in his Timekeepers

Earnshaw (T.): Longitude. An Appeal to the Public: stating Mr Thomas Earnshaw's Claim to the Original Invention of the Improvements in his Timekeepers
O/P. [xxii + 280 pages + 35 pages of appendices], portrait, 6 plates, limited edition of 350 copies, 1986. This is a facsimile reprint of Earnshaw's appeal to the Board of Longitude for a reward for his inventions, first published in 1808, with a new introduction by John Griffiths. A fine copy (bookplate inside front cover), leather spine/marbled boards complete with the original film wrapper (now with a few tears and small area of loss).

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(Ref: K1126 - W1)
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Price: 195.00
Eder (N.): Beobachtungsuhren - Deck watches - Chronomtres de bord

Eder (N.): Beobachtungsuhren - Deck watches - Chronomtres de bord
O/P. 216 pages, 23 figs., 130 watches illustrated, 1987. The only work devoted to deck watches, with preliminary chapters on production in various countries followed by descriptions and illustrations of watches produced by all the well-known European and American makers. A very good copy of a rare book, the dust jacket also very good. [Note: Only the title is in 3 languages, the contents are entirely in German]

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(Ref: K2508 - G2)
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Price: 175.00

Fallet (E.): La Mesure du Temps en Mer et les Horlogers Suisses
O/P. 520 pages, illustrated, 1995. A comprehensive study of Swiss marine chronometer makers and their work; some makers such as Nardin and Ditisheim are well-known, but this book also includes a lot of less well-known makers. The book includes a chapter on the Neuchâtel and Geneva Observatories where chronometers were tested and a list of all the chronometers (with their serial numbers) on trial at Neuchâtel between 1860 and 1984 - very useful for dating extant examples. Fine copy. [French language] (Ref: K5134 - F7)

Price: 60.00

Gould (R.T.): The Marine Chronometer its History and Development

Gould (R.T.): The Marine Chronometer its History and Development
NEW. 496 pages, 15 colour & 160 b&w illustrations, new edition, 2013 reprinted 2016. The classic work on marine chronometers and, over 90 years later, still the best starting point for all those interested in the detailed history of the chronometer, and its pioneers - John Harrison, Thomas Mudge, Thomas Earnshaw and John Arnold. This new edition has additional photographs, includes many of Gould's later additions and corrections, and a foreword by Jonathan Betts. With dust jacket. (Ref: N3176)
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Gould (R.T.): The Marine Chronometer its History and Development

Gould (R.T.): The Marine Chronometer its History and Development
O/P. 287 pages, frontispiece + 39 plates, 85 figures, 1st edition, 1923. The classic work on marine chronometers and, over 90 years later, still the best starting point for all those interested in the detailed history of the chronometer, and its pioneers - John Harrison, Thomas Mudge, Thomas Earnshaw and John Arnold. A good copy of the first edition, very clean internally, end papers foxed, corners a little bumped, cloth a little worn to bottom of spine and corners.

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(Ref: K420 - F3)
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Price: 395.00

Guyot (E.): Histoire de la Dtermination des Longitudes
O/P. 254 pages, illus., 1955. A detailed history of determining longitude by various methods including lunar distances, chronometers and the electric telegraph, written by the Director of the Neuchâtel Observatory. The chronometer section covers the work of all the pioneers. Card covers worn and creased. [French language] (Ref: K3179 - J1)

Price: 50.00

[Hamilton]: Manual for Overhaul, Repair and Handling of Hamilton Ship Chronometer with Parts Catalog
O/P. 98 pages, 112 figures, reprinted 2000. This is a republication of the U.S. Navy's manual for the Hamilton model 21 marine chronometer published in 1948. The book describes the principles of operation of the instrument and gives detailed information and instructions for its operation, maintenance, repair, overhaul, testing and adjustment. A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K1669 - E3)

Price: 30.00

Higgitt (R.) editor: Maskelyne: Astronomer Royal

Higgitt (R.) editor: Maskelyne: Astronomer Royal
NEW. 328 pages, illustrated, 2014. Nevil Maskelyne (1732 - 1811) was a major figure in the worlds of British science and maritime exploration. This book looks at his contributions to science and astronomy as well as his role with the Board of Longitude and the longitude prize.

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(Ref: SN3678)
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Price: 15.00

Jagger (C.): Paul Philip Barraud - a study of a fine Chronometer Maker, and of his Relatives, Associates and Successors in the Family Business 1750 - 1929
O/P. 177 pages, 21 plates, 1968. An excellent book about the Barraud business with a useful listing of known chronometers, clocks, watches and their serial numbers, very useful when trying to date other examples. Barraud's are one of the most respected 19th century chronometer makers so this book is essential reading for enthusiasts. A good copy of the paperback edition showing signs of use, corners bumped, covers discoloured, spine creased. Soft covers. (Ref: K163 - R3)

Price: 60.00

Jagger (C.): Paul Philip Barraud - The Supplement
O/P. In this supplement the pagination and plate numbers are continued from the main work; this volume has pages 178 - 283, plates 22 - 33 and was published in 1979. A fine copy of the supplement (only) to the excellent book on the Barraud family of clock and chronometer makers. Soft covers. (Ref: K425 - Y3)

Price: 15.00

King (A.): From a Peal of Bells - John Harrison 1693 - 1776
O/P. 35 pages, illustrated, 1993. A well researched catalogue of an exhibition held at the Usher Gallery, Lincoln to celebrate the tercentenary of Harrison's birth. A very good reference work, written by a well-known Harrison scholar. A fine copy, card covers. (Ref: K2366 - BX14)

Price: 40.00

Knirim (K.): British Military Timepieces / Uhren der britischen Streitkrfte

Knirim (K.): British Military Timepieces / Uhren der britischen Streitkrfte
NEW. 793 pages, well illustrated, 2009. A large detailed reference book cataloguing the wide variety of chronometers, deck watches, pocket watches, wristwatches and clocks used by the British Army, Navy and Air Force in the 19th and 20th century. There are also chapters on watches used by Commonwealth and French Forces as well as (strangely!) Japan. With dust jacket. [English and German language]

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(Ref: N1927)
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Price: 125.00
Knirim (K.): Military Timepieces - 150 Years of Watches and Clocks of German Forces / Militruhren - 150 Jahre Zeitmessung beim deutschen Militr

Knirim (K.): Military Timepieces - 150 Years of Watches and Clocks of German Forces / Militruhren - 150 Jahre Zeitmessung beim deutschen Militr
NEW. 625 pages, well illustrated, 2nd edition, 2002. A large detailed reference book cataloguing the wide variety of chronometers, clocks and watches used by the German military from about 1850 onwards, including East and West Germany during the Cold War period. With dust jacket. [English and German language]

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(Ref: N1928)
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Price: 110.00
Laycock (W.S.): The Lost Science of John

Laycock (W.S.): The Lost Science of John "Longitude" Harrison
O/P. 159 pages, 144 figs., signed by author, 1976. Laycock investigated and explained the theory behind many of Harrison's ideas used on his wooden regulators and his marine clocks. As Harrison's own writings are very difficult to understand, Laycock's analysis of his ideas is of value to all enthusiasts. A fine copy, with very good dust, of a scarce book.

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(Ref: K413 - E7)
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Price: 295.00
Levenberg (J.): Russian Wristwatches, Pocket watches, Stop Watches, Deck Watches & Marine Chronometers

Levenberg (J.): Russian Wristwatches, Pocket watches, Stop Watches, Deck Watches & Marine Chronometers
NEW. 96 pages, 505 items illustrated, 1995. With an increasing number of Russian watches and chronometers arriving in the West this book is a useful guide for collectors. The book includes a guide to Cyrillic inscriptions and a price guide in US dollars, the prices now somewhat out of date. Card covers. (Ref: N1282)

Price: 19.00

May (W.E.): How the Chronometer Went to Sea
O/P. 27 pages, illustrated, 1976. An interesting account of the early use of chronometers by the Royal Navy and the East India Company. Originally published in Antiquarian Horology. A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K1764 - BX2)

Price: 20.00


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