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Barder (R.C.R.): English Country Grandfather Clocks - the Brass Dial Longcase
O/P. 223 pages, 125 plates, signed by author, 1983. A useful book for longcase clock enthusiasts and a good guide to dating a clock from the style of the dial and case. Very good copy (bookplate & owners name on ffep) with very good dust jacket. (Ref: K1009 - E3)

Price: 25.00

Barder (R.C.R.): The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714 - 1830

Barder (R.C.R.): The Georgian Bracket Clock 1714 - 1830
O/P. 233 pages, 33 colour plates and numerous b&w illustrations, 1993. This is the standard reference work on bracket clocks and an essential part of the library for every collector and enthusiast. Now out of print and hard to find. A fine copy with fine dust jacket (minor bruising to one corner).

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(Ref: K1402 - E4)
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Price: 220.00
Birch (T.): Thomas Mudge and William Dutton, A Perfect Partnership

Birch (T.): Thomas Mudge and William Dutton, A Perfect Partnership
NEW. 88 pages, illustrated, 2019. A well illustrated exhibition catalogue of 20 clocks and 4 watches with a 20 page scholarly introduction by David Penney. The value of this work is the information about the life and work of Thomas Mudge, William Dutton and Dutton's descendants; the list of working dates for the various partnerships; the list of Dutton clock serial numbers with estimated dates; and the catalogue text and photographs which show a progression of clocks from 1765 to circa 1835. Card covers. (Ref: N4558)
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Price: 20.00

Bird (A.): English House Clocks 1600 - 1850
O/P. 313 pages, 45 plates, 1981. An historical survey and guide to the subject and still worth reading. With dust jacket. (Ref: K37 - E2)

Price: 18.00

Bird (C.): Metamec The Clockmaker Dereham

Bird (C.): Metamec The Clockmaker Dereham
NEW. 382 pages, illustrated, 2003. Metamec of East Dereham in Norfolk, made a wide range of domestic clocks in the second half of the 20th century. This is a history of the firm, written whilst those with first hand knowledge of the business are still alive. The book has many photographs and details of the models Metamec made - at the height of their success they employed 1,000 people and were making 25,000 clocks a week! With dust jacket. (Ref: N395)
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Price: 21.00
Bruton (E.):  The Wetherfield Collection of Clocks - a Guide to Dating English Antique Clocks

Bruton (E.): The Wetherfield Collection of Clocks - a Guide to Dating English Antique Clocks
O/P. 263 pages, over 220 b&w illustrations, 1981. A pictorial record of the Wetherfield collection collating the data from all previous publications and identifying errors of authenticity and date in the earlier works. This is a useful guide to dating English clocks and is the most useful reference to this famous collection. A very good copy with very good dust jacket. This hardback is so much nicer than the recent paperback reprint. (Ref: K1015 - Z3)

Price: 25.00

Cescinsky (H.) & Webster (M.R.): English Domestic Clocks
O/P. 354 pages, 407 figs., reprinted 1991. The classic work on English clocks, no enthusiast should be without a copy as most of the book is still relevant and of use today. A very good copy with good dust jacket. (Ref: K446 - E3)

Price: 40.00

Darken (J.) (editor):  Horological Masterworks - English Seventeenth-Century Clocks from Private Collections

Darken (J.) (editor): Horological Masterworks - English Seventeenth-Century Clocks from Private Collections
NEW. 251 pages, profusely illustrated in colour, 2003. This is the high quality catalogue, with excellent photographs, of an exhibition of 53 fabulous clocks held in Oxford to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Antiquarian Horological Society. The catalogue fully describes and illustrates every item and has become a desirable collector's item. Soft covers. New copies, found in box at back of storeroom.

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(Ref: N2876)

Price: 125.00

Darken (J.) (editor): Time & Place - English Country Clocks 1600 - 1840
O/P. 260 pages, illustrated in colour, 2006. The catalogue for an exhibition held by the Antiquarian Horological Society at the Museum of The History of Science in Oxford from 25 November 2006 until 15 April 2007. The catalogue describes and beautifully illustrates 67 clocks and includes a portrait of John Whitehurst. There are articles on the Greenhill clockmakers from Kent, John London of Bristol, John Watts of Stamford, James Woolley of Codnor, Henry Hindley of York, and Samuel Deacon of Barton-in-the-Beans. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K2438 - G1)

Price: 45.00

Darken (J.) & Hooper (J.): English 30 Hour Clocks - Origin & Development 1600 - 1800
O/P. 430 pages, illustrated, signed by authors, 1997. A very good book on a neglected subject, essential reading for longcase, lantern and hooded wall clock enthusiasts. Now out of print and in demand. A fine copy with fine dust jacket. (Ref: K93 - H3)

Price: 75.00

Dzik (W.H.): Engraving on English Table Clocks:  Art on a Canvas of Brass, 1660-1800

Dzik (W.H.): Engraving on English Table Clocks: Art on a Canvas of Brass, 1660-1800
NEW. 439 pages, 738 illustrations, 2019. Art on a Canvas of Brass is the first book devoted to an analysis of the decorative engraving found on the backplates of English table clocks. Based on engravings from over 1,000 backplate images, the text focuses on the design patterns and imagery from the advent of the pendulum clock until the close of the 18th century. Throughout the book, the figures reveal relationships between different clockmakers who shared the talents of the same engraving artist. The book provides a systematic approach to "reading" engraving patterns on English spring clocks. With dust jacket. (Ref: N4885)
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Price: 75.00
Ells (A.): Finding and Restoring Longcase Clocks

Ells (A.): Finding and Restoring Longcase Clocks
NEW. 144 pages, 8 pages of colour and about 180 b&w photographs, paperback edition, 2009. A comprehensive guide to finding and buying longcase clocks, telling you what to look for and what to avoid, and a guide to purchase and restoration costs. The book also has a section on the practical aspects of restoration. Paperback. The book is now out of print. (Ref: N2164)

Price: 16.99
Ende (H. van den) et al: Huygens' Legacy - The Golden Age of the Pendulum Clock

Ende (H. van den) Et Al: Huygens' Legacy - The Golden Age of the Pendulum Clock
O/P. 301 pages, profusely illustrated in colour, 2004. This excellent book was published to accompany an exhibition of 90 superb French, English and Dutch clocks at Het Loo Palace, Holland in 2004. The book has 4 main sections; Prologue 1600 - 1656, Invention and Early Development 1656 -1666, Progression and Innovation 1666 - 1685, and Further Developments and Perfection 1685 - 1710. This splendid work will be an important reference for clock lovers for many years to come. A fine copy of the softback edition.

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(Ref: K1882 - S3)

Price: 120.00
Ermert (J.): Przisionspendeluhren in Deutschland von 1730 bis 1940  Volume 1

Ermert (J.): Przisionspendeluhren in Deutschland von 1730 bis 1940 Volume 1
NEW. Volume 1: 603 pages, 1373 illustrations (many in colour), 2015. This volume covers the early period from 1730 to 1770 describing the English precision pendulum clocks in Germany and the English influence; as well as the development of German precision clocks from 1770 until 1840 (part 1). The book has good sections on the English makers George Graham, John Shelton, Thomas Mudge, William Dutton, John Arnold & Son, Benjamin Vulliamy, Robert Molyneux and their clocks. Clocks at Leiden Observatory as well as the Observatories in Vienna, Prague, Leiden and Germany are all described and discussed. A well researched, well illustrated book, with strong binding. (Volumes 2, 3 & 4 also in stock) [German language]

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(Ref: N3759)
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Price: 140.00
Essen (R.): The Birth of Atomic Time

Essen (R.): The Birth of Atomic Time
NEW. 186 pages, about 60 illustrations, 2015. An interesting book explaining the importance of very precise timekeeping in the modern world, and the building of the first atomic clock by Louis Essen at the National Physical Laboratory, London in 1955. The book includes Louis Essen's memoirs. Paperback. (Ref: N3810)
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Price: 15.99
Garnier (R.) & Hollis (L.): Innovation & Collaboration - The Early Development of the Pendulum Clock in London

Garnier (R.) & Hollis (L.): Innovation & Collaboration - The Early Development of the Pendulum Clock in London
NEW. 412 pages, illustrated, deluxe edition limited to 125 copies, signed by authors, 2018. Written to coincide with an exhibition held in London in September 2018, this book explores the innovation surrounding the development of the early pendulum clock in London and the lines of collaboration that made it happen. The book has chapters on 17th Century clockmaking in London, architectural clock cases, the Fromanteel Family and Cornelius Drebbel, a previously unrecognised influence on the Fromanteels; followed by excellent full colour photographs and descriptions of each of the 119 exhibits dating from circa 1500 to circa 1725. The standard edition of the book is sold out. This beautifully produced, deluxe half-leather bound, signed and numbered, edition has a red leather spine and corners with red cloth covered boards, the spine with gilt lettering and gilt lines, all page edges gilt. Effective price, after 10% discount, £423.00

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(Ref: N4895)
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Price: 470.00
Garnier (R.) & Carter (J.): The Golden Age of English Horology - Masterpieces from the Tom Scott Collection

Garnier (R.) & Carter (J.): The Golden Age of English Horology - Masterpieces from the Tom Scott Collection
O/P. 487 pages, illustrated, number 17 of a special leather bound edition of 85 copies, signed by authors, 2015. An important book, superbly illustrated (in colour), about an important collection of fine clocks, with a wealth of information not available elsewhere. The collection included three grande sonnerie clocks by Thomas Tompion, and a previously undocumented year going clock by the same maker. The book has important chapters on George of Denmark, Tompion's most ambitious patron; a checklist of George Graham's clocks and watches; an excellent chapter on Daniel Quare (especially his numbered pillar barometers); and a good section on the Knibb family. A fine copy beautifully bound in half-leather with marbled boards.

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(Ref: K3921 - N2)
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Price: 550.00
Gatto (M.): The Tavern Clock

Gatto (M.): The Tavern Clock
NEW. 232 pages, 65 colour illustrations, a limited edition of 500 signed and numbered copies, 2010. An important book on tavern clocks concentrating on the cases and their decoration as well as the historical context. There are interesting chapters on lacquer work, the origins of the prints often found on lacquered tavern clock doors, and buying & restoring tavern clocks. The second half of the book is a comprehensive archive describing over 300 tavern clocks known to the author. With dust jacket. (Ref: N2267)
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Price: 50.00
Glanville (J.) & Wolmuth (W.M.): Clockmaking in England & Wales in the Twentieth Century - The Industrialized Manufacture of Domestic Mechanical Clocks

Glanville (J.) & Wolmuth (W.M.): Clockmaking in England & Wales in the Twentieth Century - The Industrialized Manufacture of Domestic Mechanical Clocks
NEW. 368 pages, 677 colour & 339 b&w illustrations, 2015. An excellent new book with a detailed history of each significant manufacturer, the key people involved and the various mechanical clock movements produced. The book contains a wealth of information, the result of 10 years detailed research by the authors. With dust jacket. (Ref: N3874)
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Price: 50.00
Green (F.H.):  Old English Clocks

Green (F.H.): Old English Clocks
O/P. 89 pages, 51 plates, with errata slip, first edition, this copy not numbered, 1931. A rare book limited to 300 copies, with grey cloth spine, grey cloth corners and pale grey paper covered boards. The book was printed by the St. Dominic's Press on handmade paper with deckled edges, the top edge gilt. A very good copy, bright and clean internally, covers clean and bright with gilt lettering to the spine. With poor dust jacket (wear to all edges, splitting on spine, some loss to top and bottom of spine).

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(Ref: K2598 - F1)
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Price: 550.00

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