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Mercer (A): Chronometer Makers of the World

Mercer (A.): Chronometer Makers of the World
NEW. 301 pages, illustrated, revised edition, 2004. This book is very useful as it contains an extensive list of chronometer makers and craftsmen with addresses and working dates. The early chapters include information about John Harrison, the Greenwich trials, Kelvin & Hughes, Mercer serial numbers, etc. This revised edition has a few corrections in the list of makers and 10 extra pages at the end - Chronometer frame makers (1 page), overseas names listed by country (5 pages) and detailed views of Mercer chronometer movements (4 pages). With dust jacket. (Ref: N411)
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Price: 42.00

Mercer (A.): Mercer Chronometers - Radical Tom Mercer and the House he Founded
O/P. xxiv, 251 pages, 24 colour plates, 68 b&w illus., 1st edition, signed by author, 1978. This is an excellent book, much better in my opinion than the later book by the same author with a similar title. The last 100 pages are an essential research tool being a listing of all known Mercer chronometers sold to retailers, ships chandlers etc., including date of sale, price and retailer's name and serial number as engraved on the chronometer dial. A fine copy of a scarce book with fine dust jacket.

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(Ref: K472 - Z1)

Price: 375.00

Mercer (A.): Mercer Chronometers - Radical Tom Mercer and the House he Founded

Mercer (A.): Mercer Chronometers - Radical Tom Mercer and the House he Founded
O/P. xxiv, 251 pages, 24 colour plates, 68 b&w illus., 2nd edition, signed by author, 1978. This is an excellent book, much better in my opinion than the later book by the same author with a similar title. The last 100 pages are an essential research tool being a listing of all known Mercer chronometers sold to retailers, ships chandlers etc., including date of sale, price and retailer's name and serial number as engraved on the chronometer dial. A very good copy of a scarce book, with good dust jacket (light wear to edges, one small tear).

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(Ref: K2713 - F4)
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Price: 350.00

Mercer (Thomas Ltd): Mercer Two-Day Marine Chronometer Spare Parts Information CHR/1/57
O/P. 16 pages, illus., no date. A spare parts catalogue, probably issued in 1957, with illustrations and names & numbers of all parts in a 2-day Mercer chronometer. A clean copy internally, showing significant signs of use, card covers (split to base of spine). (Ref: K4848 - BX16)

Price: 27.00

Mercer (V.): John Arnold & Son Chronometer Makers 1762 - 1843
O/P. 302 pages, 212 plates, 1972, with the supplement (pages 303 - 320, plates 213 - 218, 1975) bound in. The definitive volume on the life and work of John Arnold and his son John Roger Arnold. An essential book for chronometer collectors and enthusiasts. A very good copy (bookplate on ffep) with fair dust jacket (several small tears and wear to edges).

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(Ref: K208 - H4)

Price: 220.00

Mercer (V.): The Frodshams - the Story of a Family of Chronometer Makers
O/P. 458 pages, 106 plates, 1981. This is the standard work on the various branches of the Frodsham family. Charles Frodsham and Parkinson & Frodsham are two of the most famous chronometer making enterprises of the 19th and early 20th century. The book also covers the business of Frodsham & Keen as well as that of other family members. This is an excellent reference book about this family of chronometer, clock and watchmakers. A very good copy, the dust jacket complete but with wear to edges and corners.

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(Ref: K958 - V3)

Price: 295.00

Mercer (V.): The Life and letters of Edward John Dent Chronometer Maker and some account of his Successors

Mercer (V.): The Life and letters of Edward John Dent Chronometer Maker and some account of his Successors
O/P. 829 pages, 154 plates, 1st edition 1977. This is the standard reference work on the life and work of Edward John Dent the famous chronometer maker, with details of his successors in the business right up to the time the book was written. A very good copy with good dust jacket.

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(Ref: K3997 - W1)
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Price: 450.00

Mercer (V.): The Life and letters of Edward John Dent Chronometer Maker and some account of his Successors
O/P. 829 pages, 154 plates, 1st edition 1977. This is the standard reference work on the life and work of Edward John Dent the famous chronometer maker, with details of his successors in the business right up to the time the book was written. A good copy (with a few annotations on end papers and to the text, bookplate on ffep) with good dust jacket (wear to all edges).

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(Ref: K4938 - Z3)

Price: 375.00

Monod-Cassidy (H.): Jerome Lalande - Journal d'un voyage en Angleterre 1763
O/P. 116 pages, 4 plates, 1980. This is a transcript (with introduction and footnotes) of the diary kept by Jerome Lalande, a French astronomer, during his visit to London in 1763. The diary is important as he met Ferdinand Berthoud and Charles Camus who were in London at the same time hoping to discover the secrets of longitude from John Harrison. The diary is a useful reference source for researchers interested in what Berthoud may have learnt from Harrison. A very good copy with very good dust jacket. Sold with publishers mock up copy - this has blank pages but fully bound with dust jacket in order to provide a precise image of the final publication. [Transcript and introduction both in the French language] (Ref: K2561 - T1)

Price: 50.00

Mudge (Thomas): A Description with Plates of The Timekeeper Invented by the Late Mr. Thomas Mudge to which is Prefixed a Narrative, by Thomas Mudge, his son
O/P. Portrait, (14) pp, 151 page prefix, 176 pages, 9 plates, first published in 1799 this is the 1977 facsimile reprint. An excellent quality reprint of this horological classic work by one of the chronometer pioneers. The first 8 plates are about marine chronometers and the 9th is of the lever escapement invented by Mudge. Very good copy. (Ref: K663 - CR9)

Price: 25.00

Nardin (R.): Les Chronomtres de Marine Ulysse Nardin
S/H. 158 pages, illustrated, 1994. This is the only book I know of about the chronometers of the famous Swiss business, Ulysse Nardin. The first 132 pages, by Raymond Nardin, open with a brief history of the quest for accurate timekeeping at sea from 1708 to1803, plus details of the Nardin family between 1803 and 1846, followed by a detailed account of the Ulysse Nardin business from its founding in 1846 up to 1975. The second part of the book by Estelle Fallet is a detailed study of the chronometer activities of Paul-David Nardin (Ulysse Nardin's son) between 1876 and 1918. Fine copy, card covers. [French language] (Ref: K5158 - CR9)

Price: 65.00

Osterhausen (F. von): Paul Ditisheim Chronometrier

Osterhausen (F. von): Paul Ditisheim Chronometrier
NEW. 134 pages, illustrated, 2003. A detailed biography of the great Swiss chronometer maker and the watches and chronometers he produced. The book includes details of his chronometers entered for trials at various observatories as well as a guide to the years in which various serial numbers were produced. [French and German language.] (Ref: N1294)

Price: 55.00

Quill (H.): John Harrison, Copley Medallist and the 20,000 Longitude prize
O/P. 26 pages, 21 figs., 1976. Published in commemoration of the bicentenary of the death of John Harrison, 24th March 1776. An interesting review of the life of the famous chronometer pioneer and the longitude prize. A very good copy, card covers a little faded. (Ref: K248 - BX2)

Price: 10.00

Quill (H.): John Harrison the Man who Found Longitude

Quill (H.): John Harrison the Man who Found Longitude
O/P. 255 pages, 33 illustrations, 1st and only edition, 1966. An excellent book on the life and work of John Harrison, his 4 marine timepieces and the £20,000 longitude prize. Essential reading for chronometer enthusiasts. A good copy (signed inscription on ffep), the dust jacket poor.

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(Ref: K1313 - K1)
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Price: 165.00

Randall (A.G.): The Time Museum Catalogue of Chronometers
O/P. 366 pages, illustrated, 1992. An excellent work describing and illustrating the Time Museum's collection of 157 precision timekeepers, mostly with spring detent escapements, one or two with lever escapements and a George Daniels watch with his double wheel 'independent' escapement. This work is an excellent reference and includes examples by Mudge, Arnold, Earnshaw, Berthoud, Breguet and Motel to name a few. The list of known Earnshaw chronometers and their double numbering system is very useful for dating Earnshaw's work. A guide to dating Ulysse Nardin chronometers is also given. Essential reading for chronometer enthusiasts. A fine copy.

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(Ref: K570 - CR9)

Price: 110.00

Robey (J.) Editor: Your Time - Including the Contribution of Northwest England to the Development of Clocks and Watches

Robey (J.) Editor: Your Time - Including the Contribution of Northwest England to the Development of Clocks and Watches
NEW. 136 pages, illustrated in colour, 2008. The catalogue of an exhibition organised by the Northern Section of the Antiquarian Horological Society, with interesting introductions on Chronometers, Watchmaking in Prescot & South Lancashire, Edward Massey's Lever Escapement, Unfinished or Raw Movements, Turret Clocks and the Lancashire Watch Company by Edward Powell, Alan Smith, Alan Treherne and Chris McKay. The interesting text and good illustrations of the 127 exhibits mean that this will be a useful reference book in the years to come. Card covers. (Ref: N1698)

Price: 20.00

Rooney (D.): Ruth Belville - The Greenwich Time Lady
S/H. 192 pages, illustrated, 2008. An interesting book telling the story of how the Belville family sold accurate time to their subscribers in central London from 1836 to 1940 using an 18th century pocket chronometer. Fine copy (presentation inscription signed by author of half-title page) with fine dust jacket. (Ref: K3744 - V1)

Price: 18.00

Sabrier (J.C.): Longitude at Sea in the Time of Louis Berthoud & Henri Motel
S/H. 720 pages, 174 illustrations, 1993. A detailed study of the life and work of Pierre-Louis Berthoud (1754 - 1813) and Jean-François Henri Motel (1786 - 1859), the famous French chronometer makers. This book is the definitive reference work on these makers as the author has used the order books, workshop journals and French Naval records which all fortunately still exist. For each maker a list of all items made is given with details of who made various parts and their cost, as well as the name of the original purchaser. A fine copy (with presentation inscription signed by author on title page) with very good original film wrapper and card slipcase. [English and French language]

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(Ref: K3639 - B1)

Price: 195.00

Saff (D.): From Celestial to Terrestrial Timekeeping - Clockmaking in the Bond Family

Saff (D.): From Celestial to Terrestrial Timekeeping - Clockmaking in the Bond Family
NEW. 424 pages, 450 illustrations, 2019. An excellent book on the Bond family's achievements in the development of precision timekeeping in America. The family excelled in practical and theoretical work in astronomy, clock design, time distribution, and celestial photography-assisting astronomers to map the sky, sailors to determine longitude at sea, and the New England Railroads to run to time. As well as the chronometer, clock and watch business, family members were directors of Harvard College Observatory; introduced the drum chronograph to the scientific community, and designed & built 3 extremely accurate astronomical regulators with detached escapements and conical pendulums. With dust jacket. (Ref: N4559)
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Price: 52.50

Sobel (D.): Longitude
O/P. 184 pages, 1996. The true story of a lone genius (John Harrison) who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time. This book needs no introduction from me, it has sold millions of copies. A very good copy of the hardback edition, with very good dust jacket. (Ref: K1201 - N1)

Price: 8.00


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