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The transition period for Britain leaving the European Union ends on 31st December 2020 and the prospect of a trade deal between Britain and the EU, as I write this, looks increasingly unlikely. Without a deal the impact for EU clients will be that buyers of parcels from England will be charged VAT (sales tax) at the point of import. A knock on effect will be that courier charges to the EU are likely to rise because of delays at EU customs. EU residents may wish to order books soon, so that we can ship them before Christmas. I will update this message in the January newsletter when things are clearer.

Christmas will soon be upon us so listed below are some of the new and out of print titles in stock which you may be interested in. A full list of stock is given on our website.

New Books:



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A Voyage Through Time: The Masis Collection of Horological Masterpieces
Richard Chadwick

NEW. The Masis Collection of pocket watches is privately owned and very comprehensive, it encompasses over 400 years of the watchmaker's, enameller's and goldsmith's art and craft. Beautifully illustrated, the book is a journey through the development of the mechanical watch and also shows the artistic progression of watch case decoration. The collection is particularly rich in examples of gloriously painted Geneva enamels and the beautiful enamel watches made for export to China and Turkey in the early years of the 19th century. A large and beautiful book, housed in a high quality box with printed front and spine.

416 pages, illustrated, 2020.

£220.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

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Doerr (E.) & Baumgarten (R.): Twelve Faces of Time - Horological Virtuosos
Elizabeth Doerr & Ralf Baumgarten

NEW. A celebration of the life, work and motivations of twelve independent master watchmakers who are making superb watches in the 21st century. The craftsmen are Philippe Dufour, Paul Gerber, Dr Ludwig Oechslin, François-Paul Journe, Kenji Shiohara, Kari Voutilainen, Vianney Halter, Beat Haldimann, Volker Vyskocil, Thomas Prescher, Roger Smith and Felix Baumgartner. With dust jacket.

207 pages, well illustrated in b&w, 2010.

£70.00 Order Here * One copy only *

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

Gibbons (A.): Chasing Time - Vintage Wristwatches for the Discerning Collector
NEW. £33.99 Order Here

Heel (F.-C.) editor: The Rolex Story
NEW. £34.99 Order Here * One copy only *

Holtey (G. von), Scherer (U.B.) & Kägi (A.) : Deutschschweizer Uhrmachermeister und ihre Werke vom 14. bis 19. Jahrhundert / Les horlogers de Suisse alémanique et leurs oeuvres du 14e au 19e siècle
NEW. £42.00 Order Here

Knirim (K.): British Military Timepieces / Uhren der britischen Streitkräfte
NEW. £125.00 less 10% Order Here



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Clockmakers of Britain 1286 - 1700
Brian Loomes

NEW. This is an important new biographical reference source detailing all that is known about every recorded British maker of clocks and watches born before 1700. The book includes 6,230 makers and thousands of their apprentices and journeymen. An essential reference book for everyone interested in British clocks and watches. With dust jacket.

543 pages, 267 illustrations, 2014.

£65.00 Order Here

LeCoultre (F.): A Guide to Complicated Watches
NEW. £75.00 Order Here

Ly (Tran Duy): Gustav Becker Clocks - a Guide to Identification and Prices
NEW. £55.00 Order Here

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

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

Treffry (T.) & Treffry (A.) (editors): BHI 150
NEW. £60.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Trueb (L.F.), Ramm (G.) & Wenzig (P.): Electrifying the Wristwatch
NEW. £95.99 Order Here

Turner (G.L'E.): Elizabethan Instrument Makers
NEW. £95.00 Order Here

Wesolowski (Z.M.): A Concise Guide to Military Timepieces 1880 - 1990
NEW. £25.00 Order Here

Wild (J.M.): Wheel and Pinion Cutting in Horology - a Historical and Practical Guide
NEW. £29.95 Order Here

Wilson (G.), Cohen (D.H.), Ronfort (J.N.), Augarde (J.-D.) & Freiss (P.): European Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum
NEW. £30.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Out of Print Books:

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The Trail of Time
Time measurement with incense in East Asia
Silvio A. Bedini

O/P. An excellent book on incense timekeepers and the role they played in early Chinese and Japanese social and technological history. A useful book for museum curators and collectors of these exotic devices - incense seals, incense clocks and dragon boat alarms. A fine copy with very good dust jacket.

342 pages, 132 illustrations, 1994.

£95.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Chapuis (A.) & Gelis (E.): Le Monde des Automates, Etude Historique et Technique (1928, 2 vols, leatherbound)
O/P. £975.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Cumming (A.): The Elements of Clock and Watch-work - Adapted to Practice in Two Essays (first edition, 1766, leatherbound)
O/P. £650.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Gould (R.T.): The Marine Chronometer its History and Development
(first edition, 1923)
O/P. £395.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Hambly (M.): Drawing Instruments 1580 - 1980
O/P. £60.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Hatton (T.): An Introduction to the Mechanical Part of Clock and Watch Work (first edition, 1773, leatherbound)
O/P. £495.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Hoopes (P.R.): Shop Records of Daniel Burnap Clockmaker
O/P. £80.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Huygens (C): Horologium Oscillatorium (facsimile edition, 1966)
O/P. £95.00 Order Here * One copy only *


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Brass Dial Clocks
Brian Loomes

O/P. 448 pages, 48 colour & 711 b&w plates, 1998. This excellent book is a detailed study of the origins and development of brass dial domestic clocks in Britain and America. Always in demand by longcase clock enthusiasts, this book also has a chapter of case studies of early provincial makers. A very good copy with good dust jacket.

448 pages, 48 colour & 711 b&w plates, 1998.

£175.00 less 10% Order Here

Lepaute (J.A.): Traité D'Horlogerie (facsimilie edition, 1975)
O/P. £75.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Marmottan (P.): A.-L. Breguet son génie, sa légende, son oeuvre / his genius, his fame, his work
O/P. £30.00 Order Here * Two copies only *

Meis (R.): Die Alte Uhr (2 volumes)
O/P. £70.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Moore (A.J.), Rice (R.W.) & Hucker (E.): Bilbie and The Chew Valley Clock Makers
O/P. £250.00 less 10% Order Here * Two copies only *

Morton (A.Q.) & Wess (J.A.): Public & Private Science - The King George III Collection
O/P. £140.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Ord-Hume (A.W.J.G.): Pianola - the History of the Self-Playing Piano
O/P. £90.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Pahlow (S.): The Classical Pocket-Watch-Case - Design, Casemaking, Maintenance
O/P. £135.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Pahlow (S.): Tourbillon - About my Passion
O/P. £265.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Richter (B.): Breitling: The History of a Great Brand of Watches 1884 to the Present
O/P. £35.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Roberts (K.D.): Some 19th Century English Woodworking Tools (Edge and Joiner Tools and Bit Braces)
O/P. £75.00 Order Here * One copy only *

Sully (H.): Règle Artificielle du Temps, Traité de la Division naturelle & artificielle du Temps, des Horloges & des Montres de différentes constructions (facsimile edition, 1985)
O/P. £195.00 less 10% Order Here * One copy only *

Later this week I will start cataloguing a collection of books on wrist and pocket watches, so please have a look at our New Arrivals page on the website over the next few weeks.

The year is now drawing to a close and the news of a vaccine for the virus is encouraging, so lets hope that 2021 will be a better year for us all. We thank you all for your business during the year and wish you a safe and happy time during the festive season.

With best wishes,

Jeff & Ros Formby

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Jeffrey Formby Antiques
Specialist in Horological Books & English Clocks
www.formby-clocks.co.uk
Phone UK: (0) 1608 650558

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