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Anon: The Story of the British Clock Tower in the Plaza Britanica, Retiro, Buenos Aires
O/P. 32 pages, illustrated, 1916. The clock tower and its clock were presented to the Argentine nation in commemoration of its first centenary, by the British residents in Argentina. The book is about the history of Argentina's independence and the building of and presentation of the tower. The clock, by Gillett & Johnson is hardly mentioned and not illustrated. A good copy, the card covers a bit worn and creased. (Ref: K4306 - BX6)

Price: 15.00

Bach (H.): Das Astrarium des Giovanni De Dondi
O/P. 94 pages, 36 illustrations, 1985. A technical analysis of De Dondi's clock and planerarium, known from medieval manuscripts; a few replicas were built in the 20th century. Very good copy. [German language] (Ref: K4802 - L2)

Price: 15.00

Beckett (Sir Edmund): A Rudimentary Treatise on Clocks and Watches and Bells
O/P. xiii, 400 pages, 81 figures, 1 folding plate, 7th edition, 1883. A very good example of this well-known work with lots of information on the Westminster clock and turret clocks in general, as well as all aspects of escapements, pendulums, dials and chiming work. This edition has red cloth covered boards, with gilt tooling to front and spine, and gilt lettering to spine. A very good, bright and clean copy, minor foxing to title page. (Ref: K686 - Z1)

Price: 85.00

Beckett (Sir Edmund): A Rudimentary Treatise on Clocks, Watches, & Bells
O/P. xv, 404 pages, 79 figures, 1 folding plate, 8th edition, 1903. A good example of this well-known work, by Lord Grimthorpe, with lots of information on the Westminster clock and turret clocks in general, as well as all aspects of escapements, pendulums, dials and chiming work. This edition has red cloth covered boards with gilt lettering and tooling to front cover & spine. A good copy, binding a little loose, covers a little worn and discoloured, last 4 pages loose. (Ref: K1089 - E5)

Price: 75.00

Bedini (S.A.) & Maddison (F.R.): Mechanical Universe: The Astrarium of Giovanni De' Dondi
O/P. 69 pages, 53 illus., 1966. This is a well known study of this famous astronomical clock. Originally published in the transactions of the American Philosophical Society, this is a special edition produced for the Smithsonian Institution. A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K4750 - H4)

Price: 20.00

Bedini (S.A.) & Maddison (F.R.): Mechanical Universe: The Astrarium of Giovanni De' Dondi
O/P. 69 pages, 53 illus., 1966. Published in the transactions of the American Philosophical Society, this is a well known study of this famous astronomical clock. A very good copy, thin card covers. (Ref: K670 - P3)

Price: 20.00

Beeson (C.F.C.): English Church Clocks 1280 - 1850
O/P. 132 pages, 86 figures, 1st edition, 1971. The standard reference book on English church clocks, also known as turret clocks by enthusiasts and collectors. A good copy of the Antiquarian Horological Society member's edition, card covers. (Ref: K708 - B3)

Price: 60.00

Beeson (C.F.C.): English Church Clocks 1280 - 1850
O/P. 132 pages, 86 figures, 1st edition, 1971. The standard reference book on English church clocks, also known as turret clocks by enthusiasts and collectors. A good copy Phillimore hardback edition, dust jacket worn. (Ref: K874 - Q1)

Price: 60.00

Beeson (C.F.C.): English Church Clocks 1280 - 1850 Their History and Classification
O/P. 172 pages, 100 figures, 2nd edition, 1977. This is a revised edition based on the AHS/Phillimore edition of 1971. An essential book for turret clock enthusiasts as this is the best work on the subject. A very good copy, hardback, no dust jacket as published. (Ref: K441 - F2)

Price: 95.00

Beeson (C.F.C.): Perpignan 1356 - The Making of a Clock and Bell for the King's Castle
O/P. 460 pages, illus., 1982. A detailed account of the construction of the great clock and its later demise, giving an insight into life at that period. The book has facsimiles and translations of the original Catalan manuscripts which detail who built the clock and how much they were paid. A very good copy with very good dust jacket. (Ref: K379 - A1)

Price: 27.00

Beha (E.) Editor: Big Ben 1959 - 1959 The Story of the World's Most Famous Clock
O/P. 36 pages, illustrated, 1959. A birthday souvenir published by the London Evening News to celebrate 100years of the world's most famous clock. A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K4889 - BX3)

Price: 5.00

Berman (G.): An Essay on Church Clocks
S/H. 58 pages, illus., 1974. An account of the workings of early public clocks with specific reference to the 3-train clock at the Santa Cruz Hospital, Barcelona. A very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K33 - BX13)

Price: 9.00

Bundock (M.): Margate Clock Tower

Bundock (M.): Margate Clock Tower
NEW. 46 pages, illustrated, 2013. The clock tower was built to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1877 and has a 3-train clock by William Potts & Sons of Leeds. Unusually, the top of the tower has a Time Ball which is currently being restored to working order. An interesting history. Card covers. (Ref: N3418)

Price: 5.00
Bundock (M.) & McKay (C.): James W. Benson of Ludgate Hill - Turret Clock Makers

Bundock (M.) & McKay (C.): James W. Benson of Ludgate Hill - Turret Clock Makers
NEW. 72 pages, illustrated, 2002. James Benson was a prolific retailer of clocks and watches in the 19th and early 20th century. This book focuses on the turret clock activities of the company and reproduces rare catalogue and advertising material. A list of known Benson turret clock installations is also included. Card covers. (Ref: N527)
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Price: 12.00

Corbishley (B.): Public and other Turret Clocks in Macclesfield
O/P. 69 pages, illustrated, 2004. Descriptions and photographs of the turret clocks in Macclesfield installed before 1950; written and produced using desktop publishing by a local enthusiast. Very good copy, soft covers. (Ref: K4930 - CR6)

Price: 25.00

Darwin (J.): The Triumphs of Big Ben
O/P. 188 pages, illustrated, 1986. The story of the famous clock at Westminster from its conception in 1836 to today. The mechanical disaster in 1976 due to metal fatigue, and the repair of the clock, is covered in great detail. A very good copy with good dust jacket. (Ref: K2928 - L1)

Price: 20.00

Dunning (R.): Wells Cathedral Clock

Dunning (R.): Wells Cathedral Clock
NEW. 24 pages, 13 illustrations, 2011. An interesting booklet about the medieval clock and automata installed at Wells (Somerset, England) prior to 1392. The clock movement is now in the Science Museum in London, the internal and external dials are now driven by a Gillett & Bland movement made in 1880. The booklet describes the dials and the wooden figures as well as giving the history of the clock. Card covers. (Ref: N4001)
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Price: 5.99

Elliott (D.J.): Shropshire Clock and Watchmakers
O/P. 172 pages, 19 b&w illustrations, 1979. This is the only book on the county and is always in demand as it contains information not to be found elsewhere. The book also contains a chapter on the history of J.B. Joyce & Co. Ltd of Whitchurch, famous for their turret clocks. A very good copy with good dust jacket. (Ref: K1024 - D1)

Price: 45.00

Frith (A.) & Smith (D.): The Great Clock of Beccles and Other Public Timepieces
NEW. 30 pages, illustrated, reprinted 2012. The great clock was installed in the tower of St. Michael's church, Beccles, Suffolk in the late 17th century and remained in service until 1968. The tower now has an electric clock by Smiths of Derby. Card covers with small price sticker on front cover. (Ref: N4911)

Price: 4.00

Gents of Leicester: The B.P. System of Patent Silent Electric Impulse Clocks

Gents of Leicester: The B.P. System of Patent Silent Electric Impulse Clocks
NEW. 28 pages, illustrated, 2005. A reprint of the 1907 Gents of Leicester catalogue for their electric impulse clocks. The catalogue has illustrations and prices of master clocks and slaves for domestic, factory and external use. Card covers. (Ref: N795)

Price: 10.00

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