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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

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

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: 50.00

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: 50.00

Beeson (C.F.C.): English Church Clocks 1280 - 1850 Their History and Classification

Beeson (C.F.C.): English Church Clocks 1280 - 1850 Their History and Classification
O/P. 172 pages, 100 figures, 1st 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 good copy with good dust jacket.

* Was £15.00, now on special offer at £7.00 *

(Ref: K379 - A1)

Price: 7.00

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.

* Was £9.00, now on special offer at £4.50 *

(Ref: K33 - BX13)

Price: 4.50

Bundock (M.): Herne Bay Clock Tower - A Descriptive History
O/P. 50 pages, illustrated, 2nd edition, 2016. The clock tower, 70 feet high, was completed in 1837, has 4 dials, and is still in use. The original movement by Moore & Sons of Clerkenwell was removed in 1971 and is now in the Clock Tower Information Centre. A fine copy, card covers. (Ref: K2523 - H2)

Price: 10.00

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.

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(Ref: N3418)

Price: 2.00

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 - H2)

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

Denison (E.B.), Tomlinson (C.) et al: Clocks and Locks
O/P. Three books all bound in one volume:
DENISON (E.B.): A Rudimentary Treatise on Clocks and Watch Making: with A Chapter on Church Clocks; and an Account of the Proceedings Respecting the Great Westminster Clock: 279 pages, illustrated, 1855. The book contains lots of information on clocks, watches and chronometers.
ENCYCLODAEDIA BRITANNICA: Clock and Watch Work: 144 pages, 37 figures, 1855. A reprint of the clock & watch work section, and the dipleidoscope section, of the 8th edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica.
TOMLINSON (C.): Rudimentary Treatise on the Construction of Locks: 172 pages, 52 figures, 1853. An interesting treatise on locks from Roman times to the mid-19th century including Bramah, Chubb and American locks.
All three works in very good condition, bound in half Morocco, binding tight but boards and spine a little worn. (Ref: KW5212 - V1)

Price: 75.00

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

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.

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(Ref: N4911)

Price: 2.00
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

Gillett & Johnson: "Gillett" Clocks, Carillons, Bells
O/P. 43p, illus., [ 1982 ]. An interesting reprint of a 1906 Gillett & Johnson turret clock catalogue. The introduction and a new afterword outline the history of the firm and its proprietors since its foundation in 1844. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K1143 - BX6)

Price: 50.00

Gillgrass (A.): The Book of Big Ben
O/P. 47 pages, 17 plates, 1946. A brief history of the great clock at Westminster with some interesting old photographs and details of its survival during World War II. A good copy. (Ref: KW2518 - B2)

Price: 9.00

Gordon (G.F.C.): Clockmaking Past and Present
O/P. 232 pages, illus., 2nd impression, 1946. This is still a useful reference book because of its information about turret clocks and gravity escapements. Good copy, corners bumped, fair dust jacket. (Ref: KW133 - Z1)

Price: 18.00

Grimthorpe (Lord): A Rudimentary Treatise on Clocks, Watches and Bells
O/P. 404 pages, 81 figs., 1 folding plate, 8th edition, 1903. Edmund Beckett, Lord Grimthorpe, was one of the 19th century's great horological characters. The book contains lots of information on clocks, watches and chronometers. This is a very good copy with the folding plate of The Great Westminster Clock, still in its original cloth binding (the latter now a little discoloured). (Ref: KW1029 - T1)

Price: 75.00


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