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Last updated 1 October 2019

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Bonhte (D.): Au Temps des Bites Musique des Origines aux Orgues de Fte Foraine
O/P. 175 pages, illus., 1972. A book on music boxes of all types and sizes, from small snuff boxes to fairground organs. With record containing 18 tunes recorded from a range of music boxes. A very good copy with good dust jacket. [French language] (Ref: K3256 - V2)

Price: 20.00

Cuss (T. Camerer): The Sandberg Watch Collection

Cuss (T. Camerer): The Sandberg Watch Collection
O/P. 497 pages, over 1000 colour illustrations, full dark green Madras morocco binding, limited edition of 100 copies, 1998. A deluxe large folio volume in watered silk covered box, presenting the magnificent horological collection built by Lord Sandberg, a former chairman of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. The collection, spanning the period 1540 to 1900, comprised 423 items (all clearly described and beautifully illustrated) including complicated and astronomical watches, enamelled and automaton watches for the Chinese Market, singing bird boxes, erotic watches and watches of exquisite form. This is a high quality volume printed on 250gsm matt paper with all edges gilt, bound in full dark green morocco with gilt lettering and tooling to the spine and the arms of Lord Sandberg in gilt on the front cover. The book is housed in a watered silk covered box with dark green morocco spine, the latter also with gilt lettering and tooling. The box is housed in its original dark green fabric covered transit box. The book is in fine condition as is the watered silk covered box. The transit box is in very good condition, the outside with a few marks and with light wear to corners. The book measures 161/8 x 12¼ x 2¾ inches. The book on its own weighs 8.6 kg, the book plus both boxes weighs 13.5 kg. The publisher's publicity flyer stated that this was a limited edition of 100 copies, but the author (who sold me this copy) told me that less than 50 copies were actually ordered and produced. The flyer gave the original price as 7,000 Swiss Francs or 4,800 US Dollars.

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(Ref: K3183)
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Price: 2,500.00

Haspels (J.J.L.): Musical Automata - Catalogue of the automatic musical instruments in the National Museum 'From Musical Clock to Street Organ'
O/P. 256 pages, illustrated, 1994. A high quality publication, the catalogue of the automatic musical instruments in the National Museum van Speelklok tot Pierment, Utrecht. The collection includes musical clocks, cylinder and disc musical boxes, pianolas, orchestrions and street organs. A fine copy with fine dust jacket. [English language edition] (Ref: K4183 - G7)

Price: 85.00

Kochmann (K.):  Black Forest Clockmaker and the Cuckoo Clock

Kochmann (K.): Black Forest Clockmaker and the Cuckoo Clock
NEW. 266 pages, illustrated, reprinted 2005. A detailed study of cuckoo clocks, including notes and diagrams of their mechanisms. The book also has chapters on history, restoration, trademarks and illustrations from several late 19th century catalogues. Card covers. (Ref: N1424)

Price: 25.00
Kochmann (K.):  Black Forest Music Clocks

Kochmann (K.): Black Forest Music Clocks
NEW. 61 pages, 33 colour illus., figures, 1990. A useful book on the history, makers, technology and construction of the Black Forest flute clock. Card covers. (Ref: N625)

Price: 20.00
Mayson (G.T.):  Mechanical Singing-Bird Tabatires

Mayson (G.T.): Mechanical Singing-Bird Tabatires
O/P. 256 pages, over 200 colour illustrations, 2000. The book opens with a brief historical survey then progresses to the restoration of movements, birds and boxes. Singing bird boxes are much sought after today; this book is the only work on the subject and has become very hard to find. Written by a dedicated restorer who was well respected throughout Europe and the USA. A fine copy with very good dust jacket.

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(Ref: K2730 - B2)
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Price: 395.00

McElhone (K.): Mechanical Music
O/P. 32 pages, illustrated, 1997. A useful introduction to musical boxes, player pianos, organs, etc. A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K1757 - BX18)

Price: 3.00

Mole (J.): The Sultan's Organ - The Diary of Thomas Dallam, 1599
O/P. 105 pages, 2012. In 1599 Queen Elizabeth sent a musical clock with automata to the Turkish sultan. 24 year old organ builder Thomas Dallam travelled with the clock in order to assemble it on arrival. This is the story of his travels as recorded in his diary, set into modern English. Fine copy, paperback. (Ref: K3915 - BX4)

Price: 4.00

Mosoriak (R.): The Curious History of Musical Boxes
O/P. 242 pages, 41 plates plus 30 photographs of the Clara Dawes Collection, 1st edition, 1943. This book has lots of information including a checklist of makers and a listing of all U.S. patents issued concerning music boxes. A good copy, boards a little worn to edges. (Ref: K218 - M3)

Price: 25.00

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Musical Box - a History and Collector's Guide

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Musical Box - a History and Collector's Guide
O/P. 409 pages, 161 plates, 45 figures, 1980. A detailed study on the birth and evolution of cylinder and disc musical boxes by an acknowledged expert. The book has a list of makers, patentees and agents as well as a guide to tune sheets and their identification. A very good copy with good dust jacket (tear to head of spine). (Ref: K230 - F6)
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Price: 75.00
Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Pianola - the History of the Self-Playing Piano

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Pianola - the History of the Self-Playing Piano
O/P. 395 pages, 150 plates, 67 figures, 1984. A comprehensive guide to the rise and fall of the automatic piano. The book starts with the barrel piano and charts the development of pneumatic action and roll playing instruments. The book has a list of the principal makers, patentees and agents. A fine copy with fine dust jacket. (Ref: K2096 - F2)
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Price: 90.00
Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Restoring Musical Boxes & Musical Clocks

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Restoring Musical Boxes & Musical Clocks
NEW. 368 pages, 180 illus. and 184 diagrams approx., reprinted 2005. A good book, now back in print, for the understanding and the repair of cylinder and disc musical boxes, singing birds and all types of musical clocks. An excellent book and essential for restorers and owners of musical boxes and musical clocks. With dust jacket. (Ref: N797)
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Price: 35.00
Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): The Musical Box - A Guide for Collectors Including a Guide to Values

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): The Musical Box - A Guide for Collectors Including a Guide to Values
NEW. 343 pages, 330 plates, 78 figs, 1995. This is the most recent and best of Ord-Hume's books on musical boxes and is the definitive history of mechanical music, its instruments and their development and technology. The book illustrates the various types of mechanism and includes patents, makers' trade marks and tune sheets. With dust jacket. (Ref: N1653)
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Price: 66.50
Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): The Musical Clock - Musical & Automaton Clocks and Watches

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): The Musical Clock - Musical & Automaton Clocks and Watches
NEW. 352 pages, well illustrated in colour and b&w, 1995. The definitive work on musical clocks, including the tunes played, and notes on their makers. A very useful book for collectors. With dust jacket. (Ref: N231)
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Price: 49.99

Reeve (C.B.): The Musical Clock
O/P. 125 pages, 59 figs., 1975. Information and plans to build a 3-train, weight-driven musical clock movement. The book was written for the average model engineer who has a 2½" lathe and associated equipment. A very good copy (bookplate on ffep), the dust jacket good but faded to spine. (Ref: K778 - R1)

Price: 25.00

Ryder (S.H.) & Eric (C.): Music in Time: A Special Exhibition of Musical Boxes
O/P. 80 pages, illustrated, 1990. The catalogue of an exhibition, all 64 items are illustrated and described. Good copy, card covers. (Ref: K2947 - M3)

Price: 7.00

Tallis (D.): Musical Boxes
O/P. 143 pages, illustrated, 1971. A useful guide to cylinder and disc type musical boxes, including singing bird automata, written by a serious collector. Good copy with good dust jacket. (Ref: K997 - R1)

Price: 5.00

Tallis (D.): Musical Boxes
O/P. 143 pages, illustrated, 1971. The American edition. A useful guide to cylinder and disc type musical boxes, including singing bird automata, written by a serious collector. Good with good dust jacket. (Ref: K4092 - P1)

Price: 5.00

Wendel (S.): Datenspeicher-Musikinstrumente / Data Storage Musical Instruments / Instruments de Musique Programme Pr-Enregistr
O/P. 265 pages plus adverts, illus., 2002. A history of self-playing musical instruments (music boxes, barrel organs, pianolas, orchestrions, etc) with illustrations and descriptions of the instruments in Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett - a specialist museum in Germany. A fine copy. [German, English and French languages] (Ref: K3120 - L3)

Price: 40.00

Wurlitzer (R.) & Co.: Music Boxes of 1898
O/P. [23 pages], illustrated, reprinted 1973. The music box sections from the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company (of Cincinnati, Ohio) catalogue of 1898. A fine copy, card covers. (Ref: K2965 - BX9)

Price: 9.00

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