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Aked (C.K.): A Conspectus of Electrical Timekeeping
O/P. 80 pages, illustrated, signed by author, 1977. This book consists of 6 articles originally published in Antiquarian Horology together with a two-page bibliography on electrical timekeeping. The articles cover Murday's electrically driven balance wheel clock, Alexander Bain, the first electric clock, early batteries, electricity and magnetism, and an early electrical turret clock. Very good copy, card covers.

* Was £25.00, now on special offer at £12.50 *

(Ref: K476 - BX12)

Price: 12.50

Berner (G.A.): L'Horloger-Electricien
O/P. 204 pages + adverts, 77 figs., 2nd edition, 1926. A Swiss treatise on electrical horology, including a list of relevant Swiss patents from 1889 to 1924. A good copy, now nicely bound in blue buckram with original card covers bound in. [French language] (Ref: K4737 - M2)

Price: 20.00

[Christie's]: Important Clocks, Watches and Marine Chronometers
O/P. 418 lots,most illustrated in colour, with a good section of 37 electric clocks including examples by Alexander Bain, William Hamilton Shortt, James Ritchie and Paul Garnier.The mechanical clocks included a rare binnacle timekeeper by Morris Tobias, an astronomical chronometer timepiece by George Margetts and an observatory regulator by Reid & Auld of Edinburgh. Good copy, card covers. [Sale @ King Street, London 25/11/1998] (Ref: A72)

Price: 8.00

Creese (H. & Co.): The Electro-Gravity Clock Wheel
O/P. 16 pages, figs., no date. A small sales brochure advertising H. Creese & Co.'s patented method of using an electro-gravity clock wheel to drive existing clocks instead of weights or a spring. As the brochure states Why buy electric clocks when you can have your own electrified at a very small cost. The UK patent is dated 1909 so this brochure must date from the 1910's. Good copy, one page torn and repaired, paper covers now worn. (Ref: K4753 - BX10)

Price: 20.00

Crum (E.G.) & Keller (W.F.): 150 Years of Electric Horology
O/P. 101 pages, illustrated, 1992. A book produced for a NAWCC exhibit, with details of a wide variety of electric clocks from Alexander Bain to the atomic clock era, plus a few watches. Good copy, card covers. (Ref: K2737 - H3)

Price: 15.00

Fried (H.B.): The Electric Watch Repair Manual
O/P. 216 pages, figs., 1st edition, 1965. The book's subtitle - A complete Manual on the Repair of Electric Watches and Battery driven Clocks - describes the book well. Good copy, the card covers a little worn. (Ref: K2888 - C2)

Price: 25.00

Gents of Leicester: The B.P. System of Patent Silent Electric Impulse Clocks

Gents of Leicester: The B.P. System of Patent Silent Electric Impulse Clocks
NEW. 28 pages, illustrated, 2005. A reprint of the 1907 Gents of Leicester catalogue for their electric impulse clocks. The catalogue has illustrations and prices of master clocks and slaves for domestic, factory and external use. Card covers. (Ref: N795)

Price: 10.00

Girard-Perregaux S.A.: Quartz - Answers to Customer's Questions
O/P. 4 pages, illustrated, 1973. A publicity leaflet about the GP Quartz wristwatch and its amazing accuracy. The watch had great success in the 1972 Neuchatel Observatory Chronometric Wristwatch Contest. A very good copy, paper covers. (Ref: K4824 - BX9)

Price: 3.00

Hope-Jones (F.): Electric Clocks
O/P. 261 pages, 127 figs., [ 1931 ]. This is by far the rarest of Hope-Jones's publications and has never been reprinted. The book describes the various types of electric clock mechanism starting with Alexander Bain and describing developments up to the time the book was published. A good copy, cloth now a little worn to top and bottom of spine and to corners. (Ref: K659 - M1)

Price: 55.00

Hope-Jones (F.):  Electric Clocks

Hope-Jones (F.): Electric Clocks
O/P. 261 pages, 127 figures, signed by author, [ 1931 ]. This is by far the rarest of Hope-Jones's publications and has never been reprinted. The book describes the various types of electric clock mechanism starting with Alexander Bain and describing developments up to the time the book was published. A very good copy, presentation inscription signed by author on front endpaper, poor dust jacket. (Ref: KW5222 - V1)

Price: 70.00

Hope-Jones (F.): Electric Clocks and How to Make Them
O/P. 197 pages, illus., 1st edition, signed by author, not dated but published in 1949. A good book, always in demand by electric clock enthusiasts, with chapters on the Hipp clock, the Synchronome system, the Bulle clock and lots more. A very good copy with presentation inscription signed by author on front end-paper. Presented to the same person as book KW2130 below. (Ref: KW765 - G5)

Price: 35.00

Hope-Jones (F.): Electrical Timekeeping
O/P. 275 pages, 6 plates, 124 figs., 1st edition, signed by author, 1940. One of the classic works on the subject by an acknowledged expert and essential reading. A very good copy, presentation inscription signed by author on front end-paper, letter signed by author tipped on at rear, covers a little marked and faded. Presented to the same person as book KW765 above. (Ref: KW2130 - C1)

Price: 35.00

Hope-Jones (F.): Electrical Timekeeping
O/P. 279 pages, 9 plates, 125 figs., facsimile reprint of 2nd edition, 1976. One of the classic works on the subject by an acknowledged expert. Very good copy with very good dj.

* Was £40.00, now on special offer at £20.00 *

(Ref: K1032 - H5)

Price: 20.00

Junghans: Collection '88
O/P. 82 pages, illustrated, 1988. A catalogue of quartz clocks and watches for the British market, manufactured by Junghans Uhren GmbH. A good copy, card covers, spiral bound. (Ref: K4827 - E3)

Price: 5.00

Krug (G.): Elektrische Uhren spezialwissen fr die berufsbildung
O/P. 184 pages, illus., 1970. A technical book on the theory of electrical circuits, batteries, etc., as used in electric clocks. [German language] (Ref: K3114 - J1)

Price: 5.00

Langman (H.R.) & Ball (A.): Electrical Horology
O/P. 170 pages, 68 figures, 2nd edition, 1927. A practical manual on the application of the principles and practice of electricity to horological instruments and machines for the measurement of time, with an account of the earliest electrically-driven clock mechanism. A good copy, very clean internally, covers marked. (Ref: K3596 - W1)

Price: 40.00

Langman (H.R.) & Ball (A.): Electrical Horology
O/P. 200 pages, 93 figures, 3rd edition, 1946. A practical manual on the application of the principles and practice of electricity to horological instruments and machines for the measurement of time, with an account of the earliest electrically-driven clock mechanism. A very comprehensive book on the subject. A good clean copy, covers marked, with poor dust jacket. (Ref: K2224 - L1)

Price: 40.00

Marrison ( W.A.):  The Crystal Clock

Marrison ( W.A.): The Crystal Clock
O/P. 11 pages, figs., 1930. A very important paper as the author, who worked for Bell telephone Laboratories in New York, built the first clock controlled by the constant frequency of the oscillation of a quartz crystal in 1927. The development of solid state electronics in the 1980's led to quartz timekeepers becoming the most common form of timekeeper. Very good copy. Card covers. (Ref: K3697 - BX13)

Price: 45.00

Marshall (P. & Co.): Electric Clocks and Chimes
O/P. 159 pages, illustrated, first edition, circa 1921. This is "A practical handbook giving complete instructions for the making of successful electrical timepieces, synchronised clocks systems, and chiming mechanism". A good copy, stiff card covers. This is an original, not a modern reprint. (Ref: K4812 - Y1)

Price: 15.00

Miles (R.H.A.) (Translator): The Bulle-Clock of Favre-Bulle, a Practical Manual

Miles (R.H.A.) (Translator): The Bulle-Clock of Favre-Bulle, a Practical Manual
O/P. 55 pages, illus., reprinted 2012. An English translation of a practical manual published by Favre-Bulle circa 1929. The book describes the design principles of the Bulle electric clock and the practical aspects of checking, testing and adjusting the movement and the electrical circuit. If you have the clock, you need the book! Soft covers. (Ref: N213)

Price: 20.00

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