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The World's Great Clocks and Watches by Cedric Jagger

This is the original Hamlyn edition, published in 1977 at which stage Jagger was the Assistant Curator of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers' Collection.

The book traces the history of horology starting with a chapter on non-mechanical time-keeping and one on the rudiments of clockwork, followed by chapters on the each of the great periods of clock-making, and ends with ones entitled 'East meets West' and 'Collectors & Collecting'.

Hard-back, 253 pages, 370 illustrations (120 in colour) Good condition

£20


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The World's Great Clocks and Watches by Cedric Jagger


This is the Galley Press reprint edition, published in 1986 by which stage Jagger was the Keeper of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers' Collection.

The book traces the history of horology starting with a chapter on non-mechanical time-keeping and one on the rudiments of clockwork, followed by chapters on the each of the great periods of clock-making, and ends with ones entitled 'East meets West' and 'Collectors & Collecting'.

Hard-back, 253 pages, 370 illustrations (120 in colour) Good condition

£20


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European Clocks by E. J. Tyler


This is a useful little book of some 250 page including a glossary of technical terms. It is heavily illustrated, with 132 black & white photographs and a few line-drawings. Inevitably, with this much space taken by the illustrations the text is limited, but despite this, the author manages to convey a huge amount of information about both the historical and the regional development of clocks in Europe.

Hard-back, very good condition, copyright 1968, published by Ward Lock & Co Ltd

£15


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French Clocks by Winthrop Edey


This is not a new book! However, despite having been published in the 60s it is still a mine of useful information.

In it the author discusses the evolution of French clocks from the Renaissance to the Revolution.

Each era is examined from the standpoint of cases, dials & movements, but the emphasis is on the artistic rather than the scientific merit of each object.

Consisting of 83 pages, with 2 colour plates and 40 other illustrations, there
is a good balance of text and illustration.

Hardback with paper dust-jacket, dust-jacket showing some wear at folds
otherwise very good condition, copyright 1967 by Winthrop Edey, published
in London by Studio Vista Ltd, SBN (sic) 289 37056 6

£7.50


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Antiques and their Values - Clocks and Watches

This pocket-size Lyle publication, edited & compiled by Tony Curtis was pulsiled in 1976. Despite this, it is a mine of information showing over 1000 black & white pictures of clocks with a very brief descrition of each, and, of course, the price back then. Lyle publications do price updates every so often for a very reasonable figure I believe.

Hardback, average condition, pocket size (6" high by 4.25" wide), 126 pages, copyright and published by Lyle Publications 1976, ISBN 0 902921 44 4

£5.00


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Chats On Old Clocks by H Alan Lloyd

This book is one of a series books entitled The Chats Series. Practical Handbooks for Collectors, and consists of discursions on: Early methods and mechanical development; Lantern and Bracket or Mantel Clocks 1600 - 1735; Longcase Clocks 1660 - 1735; Bracket of Mantel clocks 1735 - 1835; Longcase clocks 1735 - 1835; Dial and Backplates; and Nightclocks. Along with an index, this takes 186 pages. Of these 74 are plates of illustrations, most of them having two pictures per plate.

According to the dust-jacket, "In describing the evolution of clocks Mr Lloyd has much of interest to say about famous makers such as Tompion & Quare, and he writes most lucidly on the mechanical aspects of his subject. The beauty of clocks as pieces of furniture with the exquisite workmanship of their cases and dials is most amply shown in the many illustrations."

Hardback with dust-jacket, average condition - dust jacket suffering at edges/spine, book itself reasonably good condition - pocket size (6" high by 4.25" wide), 126 pages, copyright and published by Lyle Publications 1976, ISBN 0 902921 44 4

£5.00


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Clocks in the British Museum by Hugh Tait

In this book Mr Tait has chapters of text with some line drawings on weight driven frame clocks, spring driven frame clocks, spring driven plated clocks, and clocks with pendulums which, along with the introduction, take up 37 pages. These are followed by a selected bibliography and a list of antiquarian horolohical societies and then the bit you have been waiting for - 58 black & white plates of illustration.

Hardback in average condition (ex-library stock, stamped as 'withdrawn for sale') - 25.5cm high by 15.8cm wide), published by the Trustees of the British Museum in 1968, SBN 7141 1323 9.

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The World's Great Clocks and Watches by Cedric Jagger

This is the WH Smiths edition edition, published in 1980 as a reprint of the Hamlyn edition of 3 years earlier, at which stage Jagger was the Assistant Curator of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers' Collection.

The book traces the history of horology starting with a chapter on non-mechanical time-keeping and one on the rudiments of clockwork, followed by chapters on the each of the great periods of clock-making, and ends with ones entitled 'East meets West' and 'Collectors & Collecting'.

Hard-back, 253 pages, 370 illustrations (120 in colour) Good condition

£20


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Clocks and Watches by Eric Bruton

Mr Bruton describes in this book the development from the earliest forms of time-keepers to the start of electronic timekeeping, taking in (among other topics) the invention of the spring drive, the story of watches, navigation by time, and clocks & watches in North America.

Hard-back with dust jacket, 130 pages, almost all with illustrations, many in colour. Average condition - dust jacket suffering at edges, book itself fine. 28.5cm high by 21.5cm wide.
Copyright 1968 The Hamlyn Publishing Group, no ISBN given

£20


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Antique Clocks and Clock Collecting by Eric Bruton

In this large format paperback Mr Bruton describes why & what to collect; and where to find, and find out about, clocks; before going through the main periods of clocks - before the pendulum, pendulum clocks in England, pendulum clocks in the rest of the world and speciality clocks. He closes with some wise words about taking your clock home without damaging it!

Paperback, 96 pages, over 280 illustrations, many in colour. Good condition. 28.5cm high by 21cm wide.
Copyright 1974 & 1983 The Hamlyn Publishing Group, ISBN 0 600 37312 6

£15


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British Clocks Illustrated by Brian Loomes

As the inside of the dust jacket says, this is a fully pictorial survey of clocks and their history, styles, periods, qualities and collectability. Each page is self-contained, with each photograph carrying a full explanatory and descriptive caption so that salient poits can be seen at a glance. The chapters cover the different types of clocks, with large illustrations and many photographs specially taken to reveal points of details.

Hard-back with dust jacket, 258 pages of illustrations, plus glossary and two pages of line drawings. Average condition - dust jacket suffering at edges, book itself fine. 24.5cm high by 16.5cm wide.
Copyright Brian Loomes 1992 ISBN 0 7090 4547 6

£30


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Clocks by Simon Fleet

With help from 136 illustrations, Simon Fleet traces the development of timekeeping from earliest efforts with a stick stuck in the ground to modern clocks. There are chapeters on early timekeepers, early domestic clocks, French domestic clocks 1700 - 1800, European domestic clocks 1700 - 1800, Time & Navigation, Japanese clocks, and monumental clocks.

Hard-back, 96 pages 136 illustrations in black & white and colour. Average condition - suffering at edges, but otherwise fine. 24.5cm high by 21cm wide.
Copyright Simon Fleet 1972 ISBN 0 7064 0036 4

£5


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Complete British Clocks by Brian Loomes

As the title says, this book deals with British clocks, from the start of the clockmaking industry in this country up to the Victorian period, discussing lantern, longcase, wall & table clocks, as well as the artistry and craftsmanship of the cases. He also has some advice for collectors on what to look out for to make sure your investment is good!

Hard-back with dust jacket, 256 pages heavily illustrated in black & white. Average condition - dust jacket suffering at edges, but otherwise fine. 24.5cm high by 16cm wide.
Copyright Brian Loomes 1978 ISBN 1 85170 230 X

£20


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Old Clocks for Modern Use by Edward Wenham

In this book clock mechanisms are explained without recorse to highly technical language. The first section deals with primitive timekeeping (before mechanical clocks). This is followed by early clock mechanisms, and then the story of the evolution of different clock types in what the publishers refer to as the authors 'fireside' manner! It also includes chapters on curiosities & novelties and a list of freeman clockmakers with their dates.

Hard-back with dust jacket, 166 pages with 'a wealth of line drawings and photographs'. Average to poor condition - dust jacket suffering at edges, some foxing to top edges of pages. 22.5cm high by 15cm wide.
Published by G Bell and Sons, London 1951

£10


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The History of Clocks and Watches by Eric Bruton

In this volume the author works through the development of timekeeping from the earliest clocks, through the invention of mechanical clocks, their domestication, European mechanical clocks, clocks at sea, the development of watches, mass production, the technological age and watches for the people, along with a glossary, full index and a bibliography.

Hard-back with dust jacket, 223 pages heavily illustrated with many line drawings and photographs in black and white and colour. Good condition - dust jacket has some damage at the edges, but the book itself is fine. 22cm high by 17cm wide.
Copyright Orbis Publishing 1979, McDonald & Co 1989 & Time WWarner Books UK 2002, ISBN 0 7153 7424 9

£20


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In Quest Of Clocks by Kenneth Ullyett.

Here is a wealth of advice on the care & repair of old clocks, time charts, date lists and a detailed glossary of horological and historical terms. Not only this, but also the human side of it such as the story of the watchmaker who, for a bet, dismantled and re-assembled a watch on the top of Salisbury spire!

Hard-back with dust jacket, 269 pages heavily illustrated with many line drawings and 48 pages of black and white photographs. Average condition - dust jacket is showing its age, but the book itself is fine. 22.5cm high by 15cm wide.
Copyright 1950 Barrie and Rockliffe, this edition published in 1968 by the Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd.

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Grandfather Stops by G Buxton Gooding

This book provides a beginner's guide to longcase clock repair. The author draws on over 50 years of experience as an antique clock enthusiast to write about the diagnosis of faults and how to remedy them. No previous experience is assumed.

Hard-back with dust jacket, 74 pages heavily illustrated with line drawings, and some black and white pictures. Good condition though the dust jacket is fading at the edges. 22.5cm high by 14.2cm wide.
ISBN 0 86332 149 6, copyright 1986 G Buxton Gooding

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Clocks In Colour by Andrew Nicholls

This book describes the development of clocks through the centuries in the different regions of the world, and traces the influence of decorative styles in the Old World, The USA, China & Japan

Hard-back with dust jacket, 204 pages with many line drawings and illustrations, and 80 colour plates. Good condition though the dust jacket is fading down the spine. 20cm high by 14cm wide.
ISBN 0 7137 0669 4, copyright 1975 Blandford Press

£10


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Repairing Antique Clocks, A Guide for Amateurs by Eric P Smith

It does what it says in the title! WIth chapters on tooling up and what a clock is, through to re-assembling it guides the amateur through all aspects of (minor) repairs to both spring- and weight-driven clocks. Well illutrated with 10 plates and 39 drawings within the text

Hard-back with dust jacket, 223 pages. Good condition. 22.5cm high by 15cm wide.
ISBN 0 7153 6271 2 copyright 1973 & 1975, reprinted 1977; published by David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd

£15


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The White Dial Clock By Brian Loomes

The clocks referred to in the title are painted dial longcase (or grandfather) clock, produced in Britain (and later the US) for about 100 years from 1770. This book deals with their origins, history and development, and also sheds new light on the brass dials of the transitional period. It covers the stylistic progress of both cases and dials. Well illutrated with 20 plates and 2 charts of the time-lines for various stylistic developments.

Hard-back with dust jacket, 172 pages. Good condition. 21.5cm high by 15.5cm wide.
ISBN 0 7153 6425 1 copyright 1974, reprinted 1977; published by David & Charles (Publishers) Ltd

£15


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Horological Hints And Helps By F W Britten

In the words of the inside flap of the dust-jacket: "This book embodies the result of over 40 years experience and provides a wealth of valuable and practical information on the subject of making and repairing clocks and watches". It has sections on all the common (and some of the less-common) escapements as well as the basics of lathe work, and dealing with problems through the rest of the gear-train, pendulums and under-dial work. Well illutrated with 158 line-drawings. Despite the age of the book it is full of useful information which is as relevant today as it was when it was written.

Hard-back with dust jacket, 375 pages. Good condition (dust jacket showing some wear). 19cm high by 13.5cm wide.
First published in 1929, this fourth edition (revised and enlarged) was published in 1943 & re-printed in 1950 by Stephen Austin & Sons

£10


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English Domestic Clocks by Herbert Cescinsky & Malcolm R. Webster

This is still the classic book people turn to in order to either date a clock or get parts in the right style for a clock of a known date. It has chapters on the case, dial, hands and spandrels as well as the development of the movement itself, from the 17th century lantern clock to 19th Century longcase clocks or spring-driven table clocks.

Hard-back with dust jacket. 344 pages with copious illustrations. Good to average condition (dust jacket showing some wear, otherwise good). 31cm high by 25cm wide.
First published in 1913, this Spring Books edition was published in 1969. SBN 600 00897 5

£20


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Clock Repair Primer by Philip E. Balcomb

WIth the alternative title of 'The beginner's Handbook' it takes you through the basics, with chapters on hands, dials, pendulums, suspensions, examining the movement in the case, and out of it, basic tools, how to extract the movement, striking movements, disassembly of sweight movements and spring movements and repairs after dismantling - so it is pretty comprehensive! It is largely slanted towards American clocks, but the concepts are equally valid for all clocks.

Soft-back, 148 pages & over 140 illustrations. Average to good condition. 28cm high by 21.4cm wide.
First published in 1986, this UK edition was published in 1988. ISBN 0 903512 56 4

£15


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The Horolovar 400-Day Clock Repair Guide hy Charles Terwilliger

This is the 'revised and enlarged' Seventh Edition of this standard work. It is THE book on 400-Day (or Anniversary') clocks. With it you can identify the model of the clock from the illustrations of the back plates, and select the correct suspension (which are also illustrated), so you can get the fork in the correct position...)

Hard-back with dust jacket, 1183 pages. Average condition. 26cm high by 18.5cm wide.
First published in 1953, this seventh edition was printed in 1972. No ISBN - Library of Congress Catalogue Card number 65-24619

£15


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