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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. Fine copy (owners name on front endpaper) 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 (owners inscription on front end paper) with very good dust jacket.

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(Ref: K1402 - E4)

Price: 195.00

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, illus., 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! A fine copy with very good dust jacket. (Ref: K1663 - E2)

Price: 10.00
Britten (F.J.): Old English Clocks - The Wetherfield Collection

Britten (F.J.): Old English Clocks - The Wetherfield Collection
O/P. xii, 114 pages, illustrated, 1st edition, number 223 of 320 copies, signed by Wetherfield, 1907. Measuring 15 x 11½ inches, this is a pictorial record of the Wetherfield collection with notes on the makers of the clocks included. For its age this is a very good copy, presentation inscription signed by D. A. F. Wetherfield on half-title page, original cloth a little worn and faded, light foxing to end papers, bookplate inside front cover, a few pages with small tears, corners bumped. A very rare book.

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(Ref: KW52 - L3)

Price: 245.00

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 good dust jacket. This hardback is so much nicer than the paperback reprint. (Ref: KW1015 - S3)

Price: 25.00

Cescinsky (H.) & Webster (M.R.):  English Domestic Clocks

Cescinsky (H.) & Webster (M.R.): English Domestic Clocks
O/P. 354 pages, 407 figures, 1st edition [ 1913 ]. 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. Good copy, top edge gilt, still in its original half leather binding, the leather worn to edges & corners and a little rubbed to spine. (Ref: KW741A - S3)

Price: 95.00

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

[Christie's]: The Mostyn Tompion
O/P. The auction catalogue for a single item - the famous year-going spring driven table clock made by Thomas Tompion for William III. The catalogue has 12 photographs of the clock and 4 pages of description and provenance. Prior to the sale taking place the clock was sold to the British Museum. A very good copy, card covers now a little worn and marked. [Sale @ King Street, London 14/07/1982] (Ref: A242)

Price: 20.00

Craven (M.): John Whitehurst: Innovator, Scientist, Geologist and Clockmaker

Craven (M.): John Whitehurst: Innovator, Scientist, Geologist and Clockmaker
NEW. 288 pages, illustrated, 2015. The author's previous book on Whitehurst is long out of print, so this new book with up to date information is most welcome. Whitehurst of Derby was a very talented man - instrument maker, mechanical engineer, clockmaker, the father of modern geology, and a member of the Royal Society. The book has very detailed information on the clockmaking activities of John Whitehurst and his successors. With dust jacket. (Ref: N3465)

Price: 30.00

Dawson (P.G.): The Iden Clock Collection
O/P. 283 pages, illustrated, 1987. This book about the famous Iden collection of early English clocks was limited to 1000 copies and is now scarce. Each of the 127 clocks and barometers is well illustrated and described. A fine copy with very good dust jacket. (Ref: KW95 - S3)

Price: 45.00

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.

** Those who purchase the book also receive access to an on-line supplement that presents information and images on engraving patterns of over 400 clocks not covered in the book's text. The supplement also contains a Tompion Concordance that allows you to look at images of over 100 Tompion clocks if all you know is the Tompion number. The supplement will be regularly updated by the author. **



(Ref: N4885)

Price: 75.00
Dzik (W.H.): Beneath the Dial: English Clock Pull Repeat Striking, 1675-1725

Dzik (W.H.): Beneath the Dial: English Clock Pull Repeat Striking, 1675-1725
NEW. 589 pages, circa 1000 illustrations, 2023. Beneath the Dial is the first book in almost 40 years devoted to pull repeat striking in early English clocks. The book is divided into two parts - part 1 reviews the origins of pull repeat striking during the last quarter of the 17th century; part 2 presents a detailed illustrated Atlas which categorizes pull quarter strike designs for over 200 clocks and timepieces produced between 1675 and 1725. The book includes expert technical contributions by Roger Still, an experienced clock restorer. (Ref: N5200)

Price: 99.00
Evans (J.), Carter (J.), Wright (B.): Thomas Tompion 300 Years

Evans (J.), Carter (J.), Wright (B.): Thomas Tompion 300 Years
O/P. 664 pages, illustrated, limited edition of 750 copies, 2013. A magnificent volume, superbly illustrated (in colour), about England's most celebrated clock and watch maker. A chronology of Tompion's life is followed by a study of his domestic clocks; details of customers and visitors to Tompion's workshop; a detailed study of Tompion's watches and watchmakers; descriptions and illustrations of a large number of Tompion's clocks and instruments; plus the most comprehensive concise checklist of Tompion's clocks, watches and instruments yet produced. Essential reading. A fine copy with fine dust jacket.

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(Ref: K3920 - Y2)

Price: 325.00
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)

Price: 470.00
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)

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, number 88 of 300 copies, 1931. A rare book limited to 300 copies, on handmade paper, uncut, with black leather spine and green cloth boards. A good copy, crisp and clean internally, bookplate inside front cover, the leather spine very rubbed as usual, corners bruised.

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(Ref: KW2586 - H1)

Price: 395.00
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)

Price: 350.00

Hana (W.F.J.): English Lantern Clocks
O/P. 159 pages, 127 plates, 1st English edition, 1979. This was the first book on the subject and is still useful to have on the shelf. The book includes 17th century clocks as well as clocks and alarm timepieces from the 18th century. A very good copy with dust jacket, the latter a bit worn to edges. (Ref: K356 - F3)

Price: 10.00

[Horological Journal]: English Clocks and Watches and their Makers
O/P. 64 pages, illustrated, not dated [ 1924 ]. A small and rare booklet published by the Horological Journal to coincide with the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in 1924. The first part of the book deals with the old masters of horology such as Tompion and Knibb. The second part reviews the watch and clock exhibits at the exhibition with details of all the horological exhibitors. A useful historical reference. A good copy, card covers spitting on spine. (Ref: K404 - BX1)

Price: 33.00


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