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Andrade (J.): Les Organes Rglants des Chronomtres
O/P. 146 pages, 24 figs., 1922. A technical paper in the Bibliotheque Horlogerie series, on the regulation of precision timekeepers - balances and balances springs. A fine copy, card covers. [French language] (Ref: K2835 - J1)

Price: 20.00

[Antiquorum]: The Longitude at the Eve of the Third Millenium [Geneva 23/10/1999]

[Antiquorum]: The Longitude at the Eve of the Third Millenium
O/P. A sale of important precision timekeepers - marine chronometers, regulators, watches - and documents relating to the discovery of the longitude. 75 lots all illustrated in colour, the most important being an 8-day marine timekeeper by Henry Sully - probably the third he made and one of only two known to have survived. This item, called Pendule à Levier by Sully, was made in 1724 and is extensively described and illustrated. Other items in the sale included an exceptional chronometer wristwatch by F.P. Journe, a pocket watch by George Daniels, several marine chronometers by Breguet and the first lever watch made by Joseph Emery. Hardback catalogue, very good condition. [Sale @ Geneva 23/10/1999] (Ref: A268)

Price: 50.00

Asprey: Exhibition of Marine Chronometers August 1972
O/P. 25 pages, illustrated, 1972. A useful reference for the descriptions and illustrations of some fine chronometers by Arnold, Earnshaw, Dent, Motel, McCabe etc. A good copy, card covers. (Ref: K600 - BX16)

Price: 22.00

Asprey: Exhibition of Marine Chronometers May 1979
O/P. 24 pages, illustrated, 1979. A useful catalogue describing and illustrating some fine chronometers by Arnold, Barraud, Dent, Breguet, Ditisheim, etc. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: KW475 - BX11)

Price: 15.00

Attree (W.): Ein neues Uhrenformat entsteht Die Evolution des Ulysse Nardin Kalibers 22/24

Attree (W.): Ein neues Uhrenformat entsteht Die Evolution des Ulysse Nardin Kalibers 22/24
NEW. 164 pages, illustrated, 2018. A comprehensive new book on the legendary deck watch, caliber 22/24, produced by Ulysse Nardin between 1897 and 1972. These watches, mostly in large pocket watch style cases, were sold to governments and navies around the world so the book will be of great interest to military watch enthusiasts. The book opens with an account of the evolution of the watch and this is followed by a detailed, well illustrated account of 30 specific examples. The appendices include a table of serial numbers with delivery dates, list of customers, and participation in the annual trials at Neuchatel Observatory. [German language] (Ref: N4493)

Price: 80.00
[Barraud & Lunds]: Illustrated Price List

[Barraud & Lunds]: Illustrated Price List
NEW. 34 pages, illustrated, limited edition of 500 copies, 1997. A reprint of a price list originally issued circa 1895 by this firm famous for its watches and chronometers. The catalogue includes early ladies' wristwatches as well as pocket watches and bracket clocks. (Ref: N5165)

Price: 15.00

Betts (J.): Harrison - Eine Uhr zur Bestimmung des Lngengrads
O/P. 111 pages, illustrated, 2009. An excellent book explaining the longitude problem and the life and work of John Harrison. Harrison's early clocks, the Brocklesby Park clock, the precision pendulum clocks, the R.A.S. regulator and the marine timekeepers H1 to H4 are all illustrated and discussed. A fine copy with fine dust jacket, hardback. [German language] (Ref: K4962 - F2)

Price: 15.00

[Bobinet]: An Exhibition of English Pocket Chronometers from the 18th to the 20th Century
O/P. 17 pages, 15 plates, 1976. The catalogue of an exhibition held in December 1976 showing some fine chronometers. Note: The plates were printed separately and are tipped in. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: KW4023 - E1)

Price: 20.00

Bonniksen (B.): The Karrusel Watch by its Inventor

Bonniksen (B.): The Karrusel Watch by its Inventor
O/P. 48 pages, illustrated, circa 1970. This is a reprint of the booklet published in 1905 by Bonniksen to promote sales of his pocket watches with patented Karrusel movement. The booklet gives a technical description of the Karrusel mechanism together with details of the watches' success in the annual Kew Observatory trials and details of the various sizes and types of watch made by Bonniksen. Even this reprint is now hard to find. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: KW553 - BX12)

Price: 45.00
BHI:  Principles and Explanations of Timekeepers by Harrison, Arnold and Earnshaw

BHI: Principles and Explanations of Timekeepers by Harrison, Arnold and Earnshaw
O/P. An introduction to and facsimile reprint of papers published by the Commissioners of Longitude about Harrison's, Arnold's and Earnshaw's chronometers in 1767, 1805 and 1806. A fine copy of the leather spine/marbled boards edition published in 1984, the British Horological Institute's 125th anniversary year. Original film wrapper present but with several small tears.

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(Ref: K1094 - H1)

Price: 130.00
BHI:  Principles and Explanations of Timekeepers by Harrison, Arnold and Earnshaw

BHI: Principles and Explanations of Timekeepers by Harrison, Arnold and Earnshaw
O/P. An introduction to and facsimile reprint of papers published by the Commissioners of Longitude about Harrison's, Arnold's and Earnshaw's chronometers in 1767, 1805 and 1806. The cloth/marbled boards edition published in 1984, the British Horological Institute's 125th anniversary year. A fine copy.

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(Ref: K436 - G6)

Price: 110.00
Cardinal (C.) et al: Ferdinand Berthoud 1727 - 1807 Horloger Mchanicien du Roi et de la Marine

Cardinal (C.) et al: Ferdinand Berthoud 1727 - 1807 Horloger Mchanicien du Roi et de la Marine
O/P. 343 pages, 166 figs., 1984. Published by the Musée International D'Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds, the first half of this book is about the life and times of Fedinand Berthoud and the quest for an accurate marine timekeeper. The remainder of the book is a catalogue of clocks, watches and chronometers (mostly by Berthoud) for an exhibition held in 1984. A very good copy. [French language] (Ref: K1963 - H5)

Price: 65.00

Chevenard (P.): Nouveaux Alliages du Type Elinvar pour Spiraux de Chronomtres
O/P. 59 pages, 19 figs., 1938, limited edition of 1000 numbered copies, 1938. An important work on the use of Elinvar alloys for the balance springs of precision timekeepers. A very good copy, card covers. [French language] (Ref: K2908 - Y3)

Price: 50.00

Clarke (T.N.), Morrison-Low (A.D.) & Simpson (A.D.C.): Brass & Glass, Scientific Instrument Making Workshops in Scotland
O/P. 320 pages, illustrated, 1989. An excellent book, the result of many years of detailed research and of great use to clock enthusiasts for its chapters on the chronometer makers Alexander Dobbie, Duncan McGregor, Kelvin White, and Whyte Thomson & Co. Barometer collectors will want this book for its information about Alexander Adie and his successors including English branches of the business. Sundial enthusiasts are not forgotten, there is a chapter on Richard Melville and his slate sundials. The book's illustrations are of instruments in the Museum's Arthur Frank Collection, and this copy of the book has a presentation inscription signed by Arthur Frank on the title page. Recommended reading. A very good copy. Soft covers. (Ref: K2093 - N2)

Price: 70.00

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)

Price: 95.00
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)

Price: 175.00

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, almost 90 years later, still the best reference work on the subject with a detailed history of the chronometer and its pioneers - John Harrison, Thomas Mudge, Thomas Earnshaw and John Arnold. An interesting copy as inside the front cover it has a stamp Chart & Chronometer Depot Gibraltar and a bookplate This book is to be returned to the Hydrographic Department when the Ship is finally paid off. A fairly good copy of the first edition, very clean internally, end papers foxed, carefully re-backed with original spine laid down, corners lightly bruised, cloth worn to edges and corners, boards a little marked.


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(Ref: KW799 - F3)

Price: 195.00

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. Very good copy, card covers a bit creased. [French language] (Ref: K3179 - J1)

Price: 50.00

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)

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)

Price: 110.00

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