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Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. Hopefully, now that vaccinations against the Covic-19 virus are commencing in many countries, we will all be able to resume normal life in the second half of the year.

The main news this month is that Britain and the European Union have agreed a trade deal. As I write this the details are unclear, but my understanding is that the impact from 1 January 2021, for EU clients, will be that buyers of parcels from England will be charged VAT (sales tax) at the point of import (this the same as what happens now if you buy items from outside the EU). I also expect courier charges for parcels to the EU to rise because of delays at EU customs.

The other news is that the British Royal Mail has increased its prices to many destinations worldwide from 1 January 2021. The new postage rates are included on our website.

New Books:

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La Grande Horloge - La Comtoise au XIXe Siècle
Alain Caudine

NEW. A detailed study of the evolution and characteristics of the Comtoise clock in the 19th century. Case design, construction, and decoration is covered in great detail, as is the development of dials and dial surrounds. With dust jacket. [French language]

271 pages, over 700 illustrations, 2nd edition, 2006.

£47.50 Order Here * Two copies only *

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Bizarre Barometers
& Other Unusual Weather Forecasters
Philip R. Collins

NEW. A fascinating collection of strange weather instruments including the weather glass, the shark oil barometer, the weather house, the Tempest Prognosticator, the use of frogs, and many, many more!! Card covers.

103 pages, illustrated, 2004.

£7.95 Order Here

Chavigny (R.): Les Brocot - Une Dynastie D'horlogers
NEW. £50.00 Order Here

Crom (T.R.): Early Lancashire Horological Tools and their Makers
NEW. £195.00 less 10% Order Here

Ly (Tran Duy): Kroeber Clocks - American & Imported
NEW. £65.00 Order Here * Two copies only *

McKay (C.) editor: The Great Salisbury Clock Trial
NEW. £10.00 Order Here

Millburn (J.R.): Adams of Fleet Street - Instrument Makers to King George III
NEW. £80.00 Order Here

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The Musical Box - A Guide for Collectors Including a Guide to Values
Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume

NEW. 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.

343 pages, 330 plates, 78 figs, 1995.

£66.50 Order Here * One copy only *

Ortenburger (R.): Black Forest Clocks
NEW. £66.50 Order Here

Perkins (A.B.): The Modern Watchmakers Lathe and How To Use It
NEW. £82.50 Order Here

Plomp (R.): Spring-driven Dutch Pendulum Clocks 1637 - 1710
NEW. Special Offer Price: £30.00 Order Here

Priestley (P.T.): Early Watch Case Makers of England 1631 - 1720
NEW. £60.00 Order Here

Severs (D.F.): Bedale's Clockmakers: Clockmaking in Another North Yorkshire Market Town
NEW. £23.50 Order Here

Thomas (S.) & Thomas (D.): The Turret Clocks of T. Cooke & Sons of York - a historical perspective 1807 - 1897
NEW. £75.00 Order Here

Turner (A.): John Carte on Horology and Cosmology
NEW. £25.00 Order Here

Woodford (N. & D.): The Thristle Clockmakers of Somerset 1765 - 1899 including James Cole of Stowey, John Millard of Stogursey and the Dial Makers Pyke of Bridgewater and Cox of Taunton
NEW. Special Offer Price: £10.00 Order Here

Out of Print Books:

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IWC Schaffhausen - Engineering Time Since 1868
Manfred Fritz, Paulo Coelho & Enki Bilal

O/P. A large beautifully produced volume with a detailed history of IWC, a section on modern watch manufacturing techniques and comprehensive descriptions of the IWC range of watch models - Pilot's, Portuguese, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, Portofino and Da Vinci. A very good copy of the English language edition.

536 pages, over 500 illustrations, 2010.

£180.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Bestfit: Bestfit #111 Encyclopedia of WATCH Material Parts 1 and 2 (2 volumes)
O/P. £95.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Brown (C.) & Brown (M.): The Clockmakers of Llanrwst
O/P. £45.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Brozek ( J.E.): The Rolex report - An Unauthorized Reference Book for the Rolex Enthusiast

O/P. £50.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Cloutman (E.W.): English & Scottish Musical Clocks
O/P. £65.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Dohrn-Van Rossum (G.): History of the Hour - Clocks and Modern Temporal Orders
O/P. £32.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Edgcumbe (R.): The Art of the Gold Chaser in Eighteenth Century London
O/P. £175.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Glennie (P.) & Thrift (N.): Shaping the Day A History of Timekeeping in England and Wales 1300-1800
O/P. £45.00 Order Here * Two copies only *

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The Master of Omega
Speedmaster - Flightmaster - Speedsonic
Alberto Isnardi

O/P. A comprehensive and detailed guide to the full range of Speedmaster, Flightmaster and Speedsonic wristwatches produced between 1957 and 2006, with illustrations of cases, movements, dials and bracelets. Complete with separate 21-page price guide. Fine copy (hardback) with fine dust jacket; the price guide also in fine condition, card covers. [English & Italian language]

367 pages, well-illustrated, 2006.

£395.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Hooijkaas (C.): Special Comtoise Clocks and Lantern Clocks / Speciale Comtoises en Lantaarnklokken
O/P. £50.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Mondani (F.) & MondaniI (G.): 100 Years of Rolex 1908 - 2008
O/P. £150.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Moore (A.J.): The Clockmakers of Bristol 1650 - 1900
O/P. £350.00 less 10% Order Here

Newman (S.): The Christchurch Fusee Chain Gang
O/P. £12.00 Order Here

Roberts (K.D.) & Taylor (S.): Eli Terry and the Connecticut Shelf Clock
O/P. £45.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Rooney (D.): Ruth Belville - The Greenwich Time Lady
O/P. £18.00 Order Here

Saunier (C.): Treatise on Modern Horology in Theory & Practice
(Leatherbound, first edition, 1880)
O/P. £195.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Scott (D.) & Cowham (M.): Time Reckoning in the Medieval World: A Study of Anglo-Saxon and Early Norman Sundials
O/P. £25.00 Order Here * One copy only *

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Rolex - Collecting Modern and Vintage Wristwatches
Osvaldo Patrizzi

O/P. A comprehensive work about Rolex wristwatches. Volume 1 is devoted to the fine personal collection of the Mondani family and volume 2 to the watches that have appeared at auction over the past 20 years - shown in reference number order to facilitate easier consultation. A third volume lists estimated values (in Euros) for all the watches illustrated in volumes I and II. A near fine set housed in the original slipcase. [English and Italian languages]

2 volumes, 424 & 423 pages, illustrated, 2006.

£495.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Tardy: Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français
O/P. £220.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Vehmeyer (H.M.): Clocks their Origin and Development 1320 - 1880
(2 volumes in slipcase)
O/P. £265.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Veldhoven (L. van): Mayet Morbier Comtoise - Birth and Life of a Legendary Clock
O/P. £95.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Whitney (M.E.): Military Timepieces
O/P. £60.00 Order Here * One copy only *

This month our New Arrivals page on the website includes various books about British regional clockmakers and their clocks which may be of interest to you.

We look forward to a New Year, with new books being published, long out of print books to be found, and plenty of interesting books to read.

With best wishes,

Jeff & Ros Formby

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Jeffrey Formby Antiques
Specialist in Horological Books & English Clocks
Phone UK: (0) 1608 650558

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