Summer is always a quiet time for publishers, so we have nothing new 'hot off the press' to report this month. Instead, we have lots of good books which have perhaps not made it onto the newsletter before. Listed below are new and out of print books which I have enjoyed reading or find to be very useful reference books.

New Books:




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The Watch - A Twentieth-Century Style History
Alexander Barter

NEW. Decade by decade, this new book charts the era's stylistic and design highlights and examines the development of specific genres of watches. The early rise of the wristwatch led to a golden age of watch production which was followed by the electronic watch and latterly the renaissance of the mechanical watch again. The major technological and design advances are all included.

336 pages, 400 colour illustrations, 2019.

£45.00 Order Here


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Les Brocot - Une Dynastie D'horlogers
Richard Chavigny

NEW. An interesting history of the Brocot family who are best known for their invention of the Brocot escapement and the Brocot suspension for regulation of pendulum length. Hard back. [French language]

224 pages, illustrated, 1991.

£50.00 Order Here

Crom (T.R.): Horological and Other Shop Tools 1700 to 1900
NEW. £195.00 less 10% Order Here

Doerr (E.) & Baumgarten (R.): Twelve Faces of Time - Horological Virtuosos
NEW. £70.00 Order Here

Dzik (W.H.): Engraving on English Table Clocks: Art on a Canvas of Brass, 1660-1800
NEW. £75.00 Order Here

Evans (G.): Time, Time and Time Again - Activities, Technology, and People
NEW. £17.99 Order Here

Glanville (J.) & Wolmuth (W.M.): Clockmaking in England & Wales in the Twentieth Century - The Industrialized Manufacture of Domestic Mechanical Clocks
NEW. £50.00 Order Here

Marshall (T.): Buckinghamshire Clock & Watchmakers
NEW. £48.00 Order Here

McEvoy (R.) & Betts (J.) editors: Harrison Decoded - Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock
NEW. £49.99 Order Here

Osterhausen (F. von): Paul Ditisheim Chronometrier
NEW. £55.00 Order Here

Roberts (D.): English Precision Pendulum Clocks
NEW. £95.99 Order Here


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From Celestial to Terrestrial Timekeeping
Clockmaking in the Bond Family
Donald Saff

NEW. An excellent book on the Bond family's achievements in the development of precision timekeeping in America. As well as the chronometer, clock and watch business, family members were directors of Harvard College Observatory; introduced the drum chronograph to the scientific community, and designed & built 3 extremely accurate astronomical regulators with detached escapements and conical pendulums. With dust jacket.

424 pages, 450 illustrations, 2019.

£52.50 Order Here

Out of Print Books:



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Die Uhrenmacher des hohen Schwarzwaldes
und ihre Werke (2 volumes)
Gerd Bender

O/P. An excellent and well illustrated account of Black Forest clockmakers and their work and still the definitive work on the subject. The volumes include illustrations of clocks and movements, workshop views, portraits, tools and machinery. As well as an excellent bibliography two rare works on Black Forest clockmaking are reproduced in facsimile. Both volumes in excellent condition complete with good dust jackets and original card slipcases. [German language]

Volume 1: 536 pages, 36 colour and 223 b&w illustrations, 2nd edition, 1979; volume 2: 689 pages, 24 colour and 168 b&w illustrations, 1978.

£250.00 less 10% Order Here * Two copies only *

Bird (C.) & Bird (Y.) (Editors): Norfolk & Norwich Clocks & Clockmakers
O/P. £50.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Breguet (E.) & Sabrier (J.-C.): Breguet in the Hermitage
O/P. £75.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Craven (M.): The Smiths of Derby - A Journey Through Time
O/P. £70.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Ende (H. van den) et al: Huygens' Legacy - The Golden Age of the Pendulum Clock (hardback edition)
O/P. £195.00 less 10% Order Here * Two copies only *

Glasmeier (A.K.): Manufacturing Time - Global Competition in the Watch Industry, 1795 - 2000
O/P. £35.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Hohmann (F.L.): Timeless Masterpiece American Brass Dial clocks
O/P. £40.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Loomes (B.): Brass Dial Clocks
O/P. £175.00 less 10% Order Here


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British Clockmakers & Watchmakers Apprentice Records 1710 - 1810
Dennis Moore

O/P. The apprenticeship details of over 14,000 horological tradesmen have been extracted from the tax records in the Public Records Office and are listed under the apprentice as well as the master. The listing includes apprentices in the Clockmakers' Company, apprentices in other London companies and, most importantly, provincial names which have never before been published. This is an important book that is an essential research tool. A fine copy.

367 pages, 2003.

£220.00 less 10% Order Here * Two copies only *

[Patek Philippe]: Chronograph CH 29-535 PS
O/P. £20.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Pollard (D.): The Astronomical Clockmaker Edward Cockey, & other Warminster Horologists
O/P. £65.00 Order Here

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

Shenton (A.): Pocket Watches of the 19th & 20th Century
O/P. £75.00 Order Here * Three copies only *

[Swatch]: : Swatch 83 · 84 · 85 · 86 · 87 · 88 · 89 · 90 · 91· 92
O/P. £30.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Thiout (A.): Traité de L'Horlogerie Mechanique et Pratique
O/P. £195.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

The next newsletter will be at the beginning of August as usual, as we have no plans to go on holiday because of the pandemic. Hopefully I will have more books to tempt you with them. Happy reading!

With best wishes,

Jeff & Ros Formby

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Jeffrey Formby Antiques
Specialist in Horological Books & English Clocks
www.formby-clocks.co.uk
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