Title, Author & Condition Information
Grandfather Clocks and Their Cases
David & Charles Publishers, England, 1985 first edition
Very good condition with slightly shelf-worn dust cover.
Hardbound with dust cover. 9 x 11.5 inches. 152 Pages, over 400 photographs, largely b/w. The emphasis is on non-London clocks although there is one section devoted to southern English clocks. Subject matter is largely devoted to casework and dials. Scottish and Irish clocks each get a chapter, and there is a section on identifying fakes. A very useful book for the first-time buyer or dealer.
The Country Life International Dictionary of Clocks
Country Life Books, England, 1979 first edition
Book is like new, dust cover with minor shelf wear
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.75 x 11.75 inches. 351 Pages, over 900 photographs, mostly b/w. Country Life Books publishes to a very high standard. The first approximately 50% of the book is devoted to the history of clocks from all over the world, their mechanical operation and identification of parts, and tools and methods for making them. The remainder provides provides photos and information on clocks from 13 countries, and the final section examines sun dials and astronomical instruments. Serious devotees to the subject of horology should own this book.
The Book of American Clocks
The MacMillan Company, New York, 1950 "first printing", but might be a reprint of a 1928 original.
Book on fair condition, binding beginning to separate, pages very good. Dust cover complete but in pieces.
Hardbound with dust cover. 7.5 x 10.5 inches. 318 Pages, 312 b/w photographs. An older work, but excellent coverage of the full range of American clocks and with about 160 pages devoted to information about individual makers.
Simon Willard and his Clocks
John Ware Willard
Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1968 first edition
Fine condition, near new.
Paperbound. 8.5 x 9.25 inches. 133 Pages, 78 mostly b/w photographs. An interesting and informative history of the Willard family of Massachusetts, devoted mostly to Simon Willard but following the evolution of the family and the clock business through several generations. Authored by Simon Willard's great-grandson.
The American Clock
William H. Distin & Robert Bishop
Bonanza Books, New York, 1983 reprint of the 1976 original
Fine condition, book immaculate, dust cover with very minor shelf wear.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.75 x 11.25 inches. 359 Pages, 700 b/w illustrations, 84 color photographs, and a 65-page listing of 6,153 American producers of clocks. The majority of the clocks pictured have been from private, not public, collections. There are many useful close-ups of dials and movements. Aside from a comprehensive coverage of American tall case clocks, a wide range of other forms such as tower clocks and novelty clocks are featured. A great reference work for the serious collector.
The American Clock
Edwin A. Battison/Patricia E. Kane
New York Graphic Society Ltd., Greenwich, CT, 1973 first edition, first printing
Book in fine condition, dust cover torn on rear side.
Hardbound with dust cover. 9.75 x 10.25 inches. 256 Pages, 135 color photographs, 278 b/w photos and illustrations, 40 drawings. The subject matter is largely taken from the extensive Garvan and other collections at Yale University in the 1970s. It contains one of the most complete coverages of 50 important American clocks, their cases and movements from those times and should be a must-have reference work for anyone planning to invest in an American clock. Forms are tall case clocks, shelf clocks, and wall clocks. The quality of the photography for a book of this era is well above average.
The Marine Chronometer: Its History and Developments
Rupert T. Gould
The Antique Collectors' Club Ltd, England, 1989 reprint (with additions) of the 1923 original
Like new condition.
Hardbound with dust cover. 5.75 X 8.75 inches. 401 Pages, over 150 b/w photographs and diagrams. A rare and hard to find book. The Antique Collectors' Club of England is known for producing reference books of the highest quality and this is one of them. Every aspect of the development of this crucial piece of navigation equipment, from 1530 to modern times, is covered in exhaustive detail. The major makers of the 18th and 19th centuries are listed along with their individual contributions, with excellent technical drawings and 70 additional photographs beyond the original.
Longcase Painted Dials: Their History and Restoration
N.A.G. Press, London, 1995 first edition
Like new condition.
Hardbound with dust cover. 6.25 x 9.5 inches. 255 Pages, profusely illustrated with b/w and color photographs. An important book, now hard to find. Devoted largely to English clocks but with a small section on the major American dial painters. Chapters on the history and development of the painted dial on longcase clocks, on the influential Birmingham dial makers, sections devoted to other lesser-known producers of dials, and an extensive section on dial restoration, materials and techniques. Dating a clock and determining its origin are covered throughout the book.
Watch & Clock Encyclopedia
Donald de Carle
Bonanza Books, New York, 1977 reprint of the 1950 (?) original
Book in very good condition, dust cover with some wear at top edge.
Hardbound with dust cover. 6.25 x 9 inches. 307 Pages plus supplement and glossary, dozens of line drawings. A useful work for the collector and restorer of clocks and watches, the book is arranged alphabetically with every possible term of horology defined. A true encyclopedia.
The Longcase Clock
Granada Publishing, England, 1977 reprint (2nd edition) of the 1964 original.
Book in very good cond., dust cover with minor wear at top edge.
Hardcover with dust cover. 7.5 x 8.75 inches. 246 Pages, over 100 b/w photographs, many line drawings. Dedicated largely to English longcase clocks but with chapters on European and American clocks as well. Mainly an overview of the evolution of longcase clocks stemming from the early lantern clocks, and developing over a period of 300 years. There are chapters on dials and hands, moon and calendar dials, precision clocks (regulators), unusual clocks, and restoration. A good book for the beginning enthusiast.
Country Life Books, England, 1982 first edition
Very good condition with minor wear to dust cover.
Hardcover with dust cover. 6 x 9 inches. 128 Pages, many b/w and a few color photographs, several line drawings of mechanisms. This book is one of a series produced by Country Life Books, aimed at the beginning collector. While it is not overly technical, it is useful for a broad overview of the clock form known as the longcase or grandfather clock. The author was Curator of the Lady Lever Gallery in Liverpool in the 1970s, and many of the clocks pictured are in that collection.
The Passage of Time: An Exhibition of Timekeeping Through the Ages
David Pay/Jeff Darken
The Antiquarian Horological Society, England, 1999 first (only) edition
Condition like new.
Paperbound, stapled assembly. 7 x 10 inches. 41 Pages, profusely illustrated almost all in color. This is a small but superbly produced publication that documents a loan exhibition at The Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair in London in 1999. The exhibition displayed instruments, clocks and watches, oriental timekeepers and instruments, and printed material from the horological trade as early as the 17th century. The pieces exhibited came almost entirely from private collectors and the Science Museum in London, and most won't be seen again.
White Dial Clocks: The Complete Guide
David & Charles Ltd., London, 1981 second (expanded) edition SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
Book in very good cond., dust cover slightly rough at top and bottom edges.
Hardbound with dust cover. 6.5 x 9.5 inches. 268 Pages, 90 b/w photographs. This very useful reference book from England's most prolific author in the field of horology is packed with information on longcase painted dials and their contemporary cases from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Mr. Loomes categorizes the dials in First/Second/Third periods, a great aid to dating. He then does the same with the styles of the cases, and adds chapters on regional variations and features such as lunar and tidal dials. Advice is also provided on buying, selling and restoration.
Early English Lantern Clocks 1615 - 1700
Self-published catalog, 2004, only edition
Condition like new.
Paperbound. 8.25 x 11.5 inches. 62 Pages, about 70 superb color photographs. One of the best small works of its kind ever produced, this book catalogs 23 examples of the rarest of English clocks. Their makers are documented in detail and much of their history of utility and restoration is described. An excellent reference book.
English Dial Clocks
Ronald E. Rose
The Antique Collectors' Club, England, 1978 first edition
Very good to fine condition, book and dust cover both.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.5 x 11 inches. 198 Pages, over 150 very good photographs, mostly b/w, some in color, many line drawings. The author states that there are probably more "dial" clocks in existence than any other form ever produced. This book does justice to them with much information on the evolution of the clocks, the makers and retailers, and the various forms including the beautiful tavern or "Act of Parliament" clock. Appendices include much information on Thwaites, one of the most prolific manufacturers in the 18th and 19th centuries. A dating chart is provided.
Carriage Clocks: Their History and Development
The Antique Collectors' Club, England, 1981 reprint of the 1974 original
Very good to fine condition, dust cover with very minor wear.
Hardbound with dustcover. 8.5 x 11 inches. 483 Pages, about 500 photographs mostly b/w. This is the first truly comprehensive work on the form of small, portable and very decorative clock known as the carriage clock. They were produced in several countries, largely France, and in many forms and with many complications. An alphabetical list of makers is included, and the major periods of fashion are well defined and illustrated. This book is well up to the standards of The Antique Collectors' Club.
James W. Gibbs
Pelican Publishing Co., LA, 1979 first edition
Very good cond., dust cover with minor shelf wear.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.75 x 11.25 inches. 191 Pages, over 60 b/w photographs. This is one of the very few books to document Southern American clockmakers of the 18th and 19th centuries. The book is arranged and illustrated largely by state; Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and then the balance. The subject matter is mostly tallcase clocks, and much of the content is devoted to the makers and retailers. A unique body of work.
New Hampshire Clocks & Clockmakers
Charles S. Parsons
Adams Brown Co., New Hampshire, 1985 second printing of the 1976 original
Very good condition, book like new, dust cover with minor shelf wear.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.75 x 11.25 inches. 356 Pages, approx. 200 b/w photographs. This is one of the most comprehensive chronicles of regional American clockmaking ever produced. Much of it is devoted to the tallcase clock form, from the late 18th century into the mass production period of the 19th. The most famous makers, Shaw, Hutchins, Chandler, and Dunlap, get the most intense scrutiny, but nothing is left out. The level of detail on the movements, a critical component of originality, is astonishing. Given the period of production of this book, even the photography is good.
The Dictionary of American Clock & Watch Makers
Kenneth A. Sposato
Self published, 1983 first edition
Very good condition, book like new, dust cover with minor shelf wear and one v. small tear at top front.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.75 x 11.25 inches. 192 Pages, no illustrations. This is not a book of clock pictures. Instead it is a reference book of the names of American clockmakers from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, organized alphabetically. Dates of practice and locations are of course noted, and frequently the author will have added references to public collections or advertising that contains pictures. Many entries have further references that can be searched, such as newspapers, various publications, and business registries. A wealth of information.
Philadelphia Antiques Show, 2000 (catalog)
Various authors and advertisers
Published by the Show, year 2000, 33-page loan exhibit "It's About Time"
Very good condition, minor shelf wear to covers, all intact with sound binding.
Paperbound. 8.5 x 11 inches. 280 Pages, 33 pages covering the exhibit, approximately 40 color photographs. The content is devoted almost entirely to Pennsylvania tallcase clocks, many from the immediate Philadelphia area. Clocks are pictured and documented from the earliest 18th century Colonial period into the late 19th century. Many are in private hands, a few are in public collections. Most haven't been documented elsewhere. Very useful for the collector or dealer of early Americana.
Connecticut Clockmakers of the Eighteenth Century
Penrose R. Hoopes
Charles E. Tuttle Company, Inc., Rutland, VT, 1975 reprint of the 1930 original
Like new condition.
Hardcover with dust jacket and original cardboard slip case. 6.5 x 9.25 inches. 178 Pages, 56 b/w photographs. Part One covers the clockmaking trade in 18th century Connecticut, and includes sections on early clocks, brass works clocks, wood works clocks, and public or "tower" clocks. Part Two Is dedicated to the clockmakers, 79 of whom are documented in great detail including photos of many of their clocks. An index of names is included. This book is a precise reproduction of the original, without additions.
Pennsylvania Clocks and Clockmakers, An Epic of Early American Science, Industry, and Craftsmanship
George H. Eckhardt
Bonanza Books for Crown Publishers, 1955 fourth printing
Book in fine cond., dust cover with wear at top edge, some rubbing.
Hardbound with dust cover. 7 x 10 inches. 229 Pages, 54 b/w photographs, line drawings, and charts. The background of Pennsylvania clocks and their makers and the influences of their European origins comprises about the first half of the book, then the emphasis shifts to the makers themselves, with examples of some of their clocks. The book is completed with two indices of makers; Philadelphia and other areas. There is a very good section on the music of musical clocks, a subject not usually addressed in books of this type.
American Watchmaking: A Technical History of the American Watch Industry 1850 - 1930
Michael C. Harrold
Self published, a supplement to the BULLETIN of the NAWCC, spring 1984
Fine condition with a tight and sound spine, no shelf damage or discoloring.
Paperbound with a glued, square spine. 8.25 x 10.5 inches. 144 Pages, 46 b/w photographs, tables, and charts. This is a broad-brush history of the American watchmaking industry, mainly devoted to the age of mass production. It is a very useful reference work for identifying origins and dates of American timepieces, and includes appendices on watch companies, their serial numbers and dates. A good read for the beginning collector or the experienced dealer.
The Clocks of Shenandoah
Self published, 1983
Fine condition with a tight and sound spine.
Paperbound with a square spine. 8.5 x 11 inches. 93 Pages, about 60 b/w photographs, drawings, and reproductions of original documents. This is a rare reference work, with a small original print run. Its emphasis is on tallcase clocks made from the West Virginia towns of Martinsburg and Shepherdstown south along the Blue Ridge to Lexington, Virginia. Many of the clocks pictured reveal the influences brought with their German, Scottish, English, and Irish immigrant makers. There is an alphabetical index to the makers, along with much information about the cabinetmakers who aided them.
American Clocks:Volume 3, American Clockmakers & Watchmakers
Sonya L. & Thomas J. Spittler, and Chris H. Bailey
Arlington Book Co., Inc., Fairfax, VA, 2000 first edition
Condition like new.
Hardbound, published with no dust cover. 8.75 x 11.25 inches. 336 Pages, no photographs. An alphabetical listing of more than 16,000 American clockmakers and watchmakers. Some entries include voluminous detail. For those of us who are obsessed with the date of origin of our American timepieces, there is no more exhaustive piece of work.
Practical Clock Repairing
Donald de Carle FBHI (died 1989)
N.A.G. Press Ltd, London, 1977 Reprint of the 1952 original
Book perfect, dust jacket in excellent unfaded condition, no shelf damage.
Hardbound with dust cover. 5.5 by 8.75 inches. 244 pages, over 400 line drawings.Twenty profusely illustrated chapters covering every major process, component, and type of clock, with five chapters devoted to making a fusee timepiece. de Carle was one of the most prolific and popular authors on the subject of clock and watch repair. No owner should ever take any clock apart without this book at hand.
The Grandfather Clock Maintenance Manual
Van Nostrand Reinhold Publishers, New York, 1983 first edition
Book and dust cover both like new. Not faded or shelf damaged.
Hardbound with dust cover. 7 x 10 inches. 103 pages, 31 line drawings, 12 b/w photos, glossary. The content is dedicated to weight driven longcase clocks, both eight day and 30 hour, with brass movements. While not an in-depth manual, it does a good job of explaining common repair procedures and the use of tools. This would be a very useful guide for the amateur clockmaker.
Repairing Antique Clocks: A Guide for Amateurs
Eric P. Smith
David & Charles Publishers, England, 1975 reprint of the 1973 original
Condition is excellent. Book is like new, dust jacket has a slightly faded spine but is undamaged.
Hardbound with dust cover. 5.75 x 8.75 inches. 231 pages, 10 b/w photos, about 40 line drawings. Written for the home workshop owner who wants to restore clocks correctly on a budget, this book will help to prevent costly mistakes. It covers the most common procedures for both spring- and weight-driven clocks, including what tools to buy and how to handle "minor surgery", as the author puts it.
Clocks & Watches
Sampson Low Publishers, England, 1975 first edition
Book is like new, dust cover with shelf wear and wrinkling but intact and complete.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.5 x 11.75 inches, 80 pages, over 100 b/w and color photos. One volume of the Sampson Low Collectors' Library. A very wide ranging coverage of 40 different types of clocks and watches, including some seldom-seen ones such as chamber clocks, onion watches, pocket chronometers, Roskopf watches, and mobile clocks. A good fill-in reference work for the unusual forms of timepiece. Well illustrated.
Royal Clocks: The British Monarchy and its Timekeepers 1300-1900
Robert Hale Publishers, London, 1983 first edition
Hardbound with dust cover, original slip cardboard box. 9 x 11 inches. 340 pages, over 400 photos, about half in color. Cedric Jagger was Keeper of the collection of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. The Royal collection is arranged chronologically, and catalogs tower clocks, watches, bracket and lantern clocks, longcases, and many rare and complicated clocks. It is virtually a Who's-Who of the greatest makers, and the best examples they produced. Many movements are pictured.
The British Museum Clocks
The British Museum Press, 2004 first edition
Hardbound with dust cover. 7.75 x 10 inches, 176 pages, about 300 color photos. David Thompson is Curator, Horological Collections, at the British Museum in London. He has access to some of the rarest and finest clocks ever produced in Great Britain, and this book catalogs them with the highest standards of photography. Many have the movements pictured as well, and the descriptions are very detailed. A superb piece of reference work.
English Country Grandfather Clocks: The Brass-dial Longcase
Richard C.R. Barder
David & Charles Publishers, England, 1983 first edition
Book is like new, dust cover has some wrinkling at the top edge.
Hardbound with dust cover. 223 pages, 125 b/w photos, several illustrations. This is a well-illustrated book on the earlier provincial brass-dial longcase clock in England. It deals with the clocks by their components; movements, hands, spandrels, dials, casework, and so on. Casework is divided between clocks up to 1750, and after that date. There is a chapter on rightness, restoration, and faking that is quite useful.
Watch and Clock Makers in the City of Bath
Published by the Antiquarian Horological Society, England, 1996
Condition like new.
Paperbound with a square spine. 8 x 11.5 inches. 159 pages, about 50 b/w photographs/illustrations. Now out of print. The history of watch and clock making in the English city of Bath to the end of the 19th century. It includes a description of the growth of Bath, the nature of its clientele, some discussion of how clocks and watches were made, and histories of some of the more interesting makers. In all, over 850 makers are listed, practicing from the late 17th century to 1900.
John Whitehurst of Derby: Clockmaker & Scientist 1713-88
Mayfield Books, 1996 first edition
Condition like new.
Hardbound with dust cover. 7 x 10 inches. 272 pages, about 100 b/w photos. Whitehurst was not only a fine maker of clocks, but also an instrument maker, mechanical engineer, hydraulicist, home improver, meteorologist, the father of modern geology, and had a hand in the development of the steam engine. If you collect clocks or own one of his clocks or an instrument by him, this book is a must-have.
The Art of the Timekeeper: Masterpieces from the Winthrop Edey Bequest, The Frick Collection
William J.H. Andrewes, Guest Author
The Frick Collection, New York, 2001
Very good condition with a minor wrinkle to the front cover.
Paperbound, large booklet format. 8.5 x 10.5 inches. 21 pages, 23 very good color photographs. This booklet accompanied an exhibition of rare clocks at the Frick Collection from November, 2001 to February, 2002. The examples are wide-ranging, and include a 16th century Augsburg table clock, a 17th century astronomical watch, a very early English longcase (ca. 1675) by Edward East, and a pocket watch by Thomas Mudge. Twenty-one fine clocks in all.
The Vulliamy Clockmakers
David G. Vulliamy
Published by The Antiquarian Horological Society, England, 2002 first edition
Book in new condition, dust cover has a small wrinkle at the top rear.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.5 x 12 inches. 50 pages, 9 color photos, 12 b/w photos, several illustrations. The Vulliamy family began in the clockmaking profession in the 17th century in Switzerland, moved to England in the early 18th century, and became associated with Benjamin Gray. Gray's firm secured a position of watchmaker to King George II in about 1742, and Justin Vulliamy became a partner in 1743. After Gray's death in 1764, Vulliamy became one of the most sought-after makers of watches and fine clocks in London, and examples of his work bring top prices today.
European Pendulum Clocks
Peter Heuer - Klaus Maurice
Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 1988 first English Edition
Excellent condition with very minor shelf wear to the dust cover.
Hardbound with dust cover. 9.25 x 12.25 inches. 334 pages. 730 photos, 48 in color. Over 700 wall, shelf and floor clocks from France, England, Germany and Scandinavia are pictured and described in detail. Much space is devoted to complicated and precision clocks. The quality of the photography is very good, and the range of clocks from different countries is very wide.
The Wetherfield Collection of Clocks: A Guide to Dating English Antique Clocks
N.A.G. Press Ltd., London, 1981 first edition
Dust cover intact and not torn, wrinkled top and bottom. Book is clean and undamaged, cover looks like new. Binding is sound.
Hardbound. 8.75 X 12 inches. 263 Pages, 220 b/w large photos, many line drawings and illustrations. The emphasis is on the earliest longcase and bracket clocks, from about 1670 to 1730, with a few later examples, all owned by one collector. Wetherfield, who died in 1928, made his fortune in coal and marine insurance. He assembled one of the largest collections of clocks from the "Golden Age" of clockmakers, with many by the most famous names. This book is based on the 1928 auction catalogue, with corrections and some editing. A mind-blowing assemblage of the rarest of the rare.
English Domestic Clocks
Herbert Cescinsky & Malcolm R. Webster
Antique Collectors' Club, 1984 reprint of the 1978 edition, which was first published in 1913.
Dust cover is wrinkled top and bottom, upper left front has a tear-out of about 1 inch in length. Book is very clean and undamaged, binding is sound.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.75 X 11 inches. 354 Pages, over 400 b/w photos and many line drawings and illustrations. A classic work in the field of English clocks, covering the late 17th century to the early 19th. Every form is well represented, from lantern clocks to longcase, bracket, tavern, cartel, and hooded wall clocks. Much of the text discusses the evolution of the various forms and styles. Rather than dwelling on the very rarest examples, the book features "available" clocks, a valuable contribution.
Old Clocks and Watches & Their Makers
Antique Collectors' Club, London, 1977. An update and reprint of the 1911 third edition with additional illustrations, captions and an introduction.
Dust cover is wrinkled top and bottom, spine is faded. Book is very clean and undamaged with a sound bonding, and minor shelf wear on the bottom edge.
Hardbound with a dust cover. 8.75 X 11 inches. 517 Pages, over 800 b/w photos and many line drawings and illustrations. This a standard work in the clock trade, and has been for over 100 years. The range of material covers English and French clocks of the 17th and 18th centuries, with rare and unusual examples and forms. The last part of the book lists the dates and biographical information of almost 11,000 makers.
The Clockwork Universe: German Clocks and Automata 1550-1650
Klaus Maurice and Otto Mayr. Neale Watson Academic Publications, New York, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. First edition in English, 1980.
Dust cover is protected with a clear plastic wrap, and has minor wrinkling on the top edge but is intact. The book is in like new condition.
Hardbound with dust cover. 322 Pages, 120 b/w and color photos of superb quality. Many line drawings and illustrations. Glossary and an index of makers. This book is the catalog of the exhibition The Clockwork Universe shown in Munich and Washington, DC from November, 1980 to February, 1981. The first half is a history of the the development of clocks and the clock industry in Germany and Austria. The remainder is a detailed photographic and text catalog of the clocks in the exhibition. The overall quality is the finest.
The French Marble Clock: A Guide for Buyers, Collectors and Restorers with Hints on Dating
Nicholas M. Thorpe. N.A.G. Press Ltd, England. 1993 Reprint of the 1990 first edition.
Dust cover is in near-new condition, very little wrinkling or wear. Book is in like new condition.
Hardbound with dust cover. 277 Pages, about 75 b/w photos and line drawings. This is probably the only book on this subject in which the history and development of these clocks is so thoroughly covered. An extremely comprehensive guide for buying and restoring the clocks is included, and the makers themselves are covered in depth.
The Bracket Clock
Deryck Roberts. David & Charles publishers, England. 1982 First edition.
Dust cover is lightly wrinkled at top edge but is complete and intact, spine is faded. Book is in like new condition.
Hardbound with dust cover. 192 Pages, 30 b/w photos, 45-50 line drawings and illustrations. The content is mostly devoted to English bracket clocks but also includes some information on French, German and American clocks of the same style. The information is largely divided into chronological periods, and chapters on collecting and dating are included.