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Jeffrey Formby Antiques

Orchard Cottage, East Street, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0LQ, United Kingdom

Phone/Fax: +44 (0)1608 650558 E-mail: jeff@formby-clocks.co.uk Website: www.formby-clocks.co.uk

Horological Book List 31

NEW = a new copy

O/P = the book is out of print (hence also second-hand)

S/H = a second-hand copy Last updated 4 January 2016

All books hardback unless otherwise stated
1081 ABBOTT (H.G.): The American Watchmaker and Jeweler NEW £19.00

354 pages, 288 figs., reprinted 1989. First published in 1893 this is an encyclopaedia for the horologist, jeweller, gold and silversmith containing hundreds of receipts and formulas with directions for using all the latest tools, attachments and devices for watchmakers and jewellers. These are old stock - new unused copies with card covers (now a little wrinkled on the spine).

2845 ABBOTT (H.G.): Abbott’s American Watchmaker and Jeweler O/P £15.00

378 pages, 315 figs., no date. An encyclopaedia for the horologist, jeweller, gold and silversmith containing hundreds of receipts and formulas with directions for using all the latest tools, attachments and devices for watchmakers and jewellers. A good copy but one folding plate is torn and detached.

2111 ABBOTT (H.G.): The Watch Factories of America NEW £15.00

145 pages, 50 illustrations, 1981. A reprint of a book first published in 1888 which claimed to be “a complete history of watchmaking in America from 1809 to 1888 inclusive, with sketches of the lives of celebrated American watchmakers and organisers”. Card covers, some copies with slight fading to covers.

3233 ABBOTT (H.G.): The Watch Factories of America O/P £20.00

145 pages, 50 illustrations, no date. A reprint of a book first published in 1888 which claimed to be “a complete history of watchmaking in America from 1809 to 1888 inclusive, with sketches of the lives of celebrated American watchmakers and organisers”. A hardback edition published in the 1970’s (?). Very good copy, with bookplate.

3080 ABELER (J.): 5,000 Years of Time Measurement from the Collection at the Wuppertal Clock Museum O/P £3.00

8 pages, illus., no date, probably 1970’s. Reprinted from International Nickel Magazine No. 32.

1005 ABELER (J.): Das Wuppertaler Uhrenmuseum O/P £10.00

86 pages, 48 illustrations, 1971. The museum has some fine clocks and watches. With dust jacket. [German language]

2292 ABELER (J.): Meister der Uhrmacherkunst NEW £90.00

656 pages, 2nd edition, 2010. This edition of the standard work on German speaking clockmakers (from Germany, Austria, Switzerland) contains information on 20,000 clock and watch makers. As well as the biographical data many entries include information about the items made and a few include serial numbers and date. This edition has 6,000 more names listed, plus revisions and corrections, compared to the 1st edition.

3512 ABELER (J.): Zeit-Zeichen – Die tragbare Uhr von Henlein bis heute O/P £7.00

212 pages, illustrated, 3rd edition, 1989. A small well illustrated book showing portable timepieces from the time of Henlein to today. A good copy, card covers. [German language]

2628 ABELL (S.G.), LEGGAT (J.) & OGDEN (W.G.): A Bibliography of the Art of Turning & Lathe and Machine Tool History O/P £40.00

74 pages, 2nd edition, 1970. A bibliography of 338 books on the subject. A good copy.

3265 ABELL (S.G.), LEGGAT (J.) & OGDEN (W.G.): A Bibliography of the Art of Turning & Lathe and Machine Tool History O/P £45.00

157 pages, 3rd edition, 1987. A bibliography of 557 books on the subject, with a chronological index of important works on lathe history and ornamental turning. A good copy, soft covers, spiral bound.

3720 ACKERMANN (S.) & BUCK (P.): Time O/P £10.00

32 pages, illus., 1999. A book for the young (or the young at heart) explaining how to use the sun and the stars to tell the time, and containing a press-out and assemble, usable, sundial, nocturnal and perpetual calendar; plus a small compass. Very good condition (except the compass which is about 180 degrees out). Card covers.

3677 ADAMS (A.): The World’s Most Expensive Watches NEW £55.00

323 pages, 456 colour illustrations, 2014. This massive volume (3.5 kg and measuring 13½ x 11¼ x 1¼ inches (34 x 28½ x 3 cm)) opens with an explanation of expensive watches in terms of complications & mechanical features, precious materials & artistic technique, and historical importance & provenance. Over 100 wristwatches are illustrated and described from well known manufacturers such as Chopard, Breguet and Patek Philippe to the lesser known makers De Bethune, Jean Dunand and Roger W. Smith. With deluxe slipcase.

3300 ADLER (M.H.): The Writing Machine – A History of the Typewriter O/P £20.00

381 pages, 328 figs., signed by author, 1973. From the first patent in 1714 to the IBM ‘golfball’ in the 1970’s, this book has a wealth of information for collectors and enthusiasts. Very good copy with good dust jacket.

2033 AGIUS (P.): Ackermann’s Regency Furniture & Interiors O/P £145.00

200 pages, 188 plates, 1984. Descriptions and plates reproduced from Rudolph Ackermann’s celebrated journal The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashion and Politics published from 1809 to 1828. These plates provide a visual record of Regency taste and design. A fine copy with excellent dust jacket (a little faded on the spine).

* A.H.S.: Antiquarian Horology (The Journal of the Antiquarian Horological Society)

We have many complete volumes and lots of odd issues of Antiquarian Horology in stock. Please phone or fax with your requirements or see the full up to date listing on our website. We can supply most issues of this publication.

A.H.S.: Collectors’ Pieces, Clocks and Watches

2 86 pages. Illustrated catalogue of the exhibition to commemorate the AHS’s 10th anniversary in 1964. The book describes a collection of early precision watches. Good copy of the softbound edition. O/P £15.00

3 91 pages, illustrated, 2nd edition, 1964. Illustrated catalogue of the exhibition to commemorate the AHS’s 10th anniversary in 1964. The book describes a collection of early precision watches. The softbound edition, a clean copy internally, covers dust stained. O/P £10.00

A.H.S.: Continental Clocks and Watches

2159 75 pages, illus., 1989. An interesting catalogue of an exhibition held at Prescot Museum and organised by the Northern Section of the Antiquarian Horological Society in 1989. All the exhibits are illustrated and described. A new copy (old stock), card covers. NEW £9.00

4 As above, used but in good condition. Card covers. O/P £6.00

3658 A.H.S.: Electrical Horology Group: Paper No. 61 O/P £5.00

Schraven (T.) & Nye (J.): Siemens & Halske Electric Clocks 1847 – 1945

36 pages, illustrated, 1997. A history of the well known Berlin firm Siemens & Halske, highlighting the important steps in the development of their clocks together with a list of all their patents. Very good copy, stapled pages.

3661 A.H.S.: Electrical Horology Group: Paper No. 64 O/P £5.00

Mitchell (A.): The Gillet and Johnson Master Clock – Background, Servicing and Setting to Work

5 pages, illustrated, 1999. The Gillet & Johnson master clock was patented in 1921. This is a practical paper on servicing the clock and setting it up to work properly. Very good copy, stapled pages.

3662 A.H.S.: Electrical Horology Group: Paper No. 65 O/P £5.00

Schraven (T.): The History of the Rabe Brothers of Hanau and their Electric Torsion Pendulum Clocks

32 pages, 17 figs., [1999]. An interesting paper on these little known German clockmakers who made a small number of clocks in the late 19th century. Very good copy, stapled pages.

3663 A.H.S.: Electrical Horology Group: Paper No. 66 O/P £5.00

Guimareas (A.): The Beginning of the Liquid Crystal Watch

11 pages, illustrated, 2000. The Optel Corporation of New Jersey were the first to produce a liquid crystal display wristwatch in 1971. The author was a member of the research and development team. Very good copy, stapled pages.

3666 A.H.S.: Electrical Horology Group: Paper No. 69 O/P £5.00

Schraven (T.): 100 Years of Paul Schroder of Stuttgart 1902 - 2002

10 pages, illustrated, 2003. A history of the firm of Paul Schröder who made electro-mechanical time switches and a very small number of synchronous clocks. Very good copy, stapled pages.

552 A.H.S.: Pioneers of Precision Timekeeping O/P £25.00

117 pages, illus., no date but circa 1970. A detailed account of some famous watches: Harrison's H5, Mudge's first lever watch, Kendall's K2, Mudge's marine chronometer, and the Huber/Mudge timepiece. A very good copy of the hardback edition.

1257 A.H.S.: Tercentenary Exhibition of the Pendulum Clock of Christian Huygens O/P £10.00

28 pages, 13 illustrations plus colour plate on cover, 1956. The catalogue of an exhibition which showed the development of the pendulum as a timekeeper, with an appendix on Huygens’ pendulum experiments. Good condition, card covers.

2878 A.H.S.: The Proceedings of the Oxford 2000 Convention NEW £9.00

49 pages, illustrated, 2000. The book has reports of several interesting papers given at the conference. Card covers.

726 A.H.S.: The Proceedings of the Oxford 2000 Convention O/P £8.00

49 pages, illustrated, 2000. The book has reports of several papers given at the conference. Good copy, card covers.

707 A.H.S.: 300 Years of Fine English Clock & Watchmaking O/P £10.00

80 pages, illus., 1986. The catalogue of an interesting exhibition held at Prescot Museum, Lancashire, and organised by the Northern Section of the Antiquarian Horological Society. Card covers.

476 AKED (C.K.): A Conspectus of Electrical Timekeeping O/P £30.00

80 pages, illustrated, signed by author, 1977. This book consists of 6 articles originally published in Antiquarian Horology together with a two-page bibliography on electrical timekeeping. The articles cover Murday's electrically driven balance wheel clock, Alexander Bain, the first electric clock, early batteries, electricity and magnetism, and an early electrical turret clock. Signed by the author. Very good copy, card covers.

3654 AKED (C.K.): A Parergon of Electrical Horology – Electric Clock Patents for the period 1840 - 1900 O/P £20.00

55 pages, 1984. A useful reference for electrical horology enthusiasts. The first patent listed is patent 8783 taken out by Alexander Bain in 1841. Good copy, card covers.

1956 AKED (C.K.): Complete List of English Horological Patents up to 1853 O/P £15.00

33 pages, 1975. The earliest patent listed was granted to the Marquis of Worcester in 1662 for Making a watch or clock to go for several weeks without spring, chain, or other method of winding up,... A very good copy.

2362 AKED (C.K.): Dialling References in Antiquarian Horology December 1953 – December 1989 O/P £10.00

19 pages, 1990. A list of articles and references to dials and dialling, each with a brief synopsis. A good copy, card covers.

3420 AKED (C.K.): Electricity, Magnetism and Clocks O/P £12.00

18 pages, 19 figs., 1971. A useful introduction to electrical horology, an offprint from Antiquarian Horology. Good copy, paper covers.

3553 AKED (J.R.): Orbis Sensualium Pictus O/P £4.00

[5 pages, 7 figs, reprinted from Antiquarian Horology, 1976. Orbis Sensualium Pictus, an educational book for children, was written in 1658 by John Commenius and translated into English the following year. This paper explores the dialling content. Very good copy, paper covers.

3394 ALBRIGHT (F.P.): Johann Ludwig Eberhardt and his Salem Clocks NEW £20.00

160 pages, 51 figures, 1978. The life, times and work of Johann Ludwig Eberhardt who arrived in Salem, North Carolina from Germany in 1799. The movements and cases of over 30 clocks are described and Eberhardt features identified. With dust jacket, still in publisher’s shrink wrap.

1551 ALBRIGHT (F.P.): Johann Ludwig Eberhardt and his Salem Clocks O/P £15.00

160 pages, 51 figures, 1978. The life, times and work of Johann Ludwig Eberhardt who arrived in Salem, North Carolina from Germany in 1799. The movements and cases of over 30 clocks are described and Eberhardt features identified. A very good copy with very good dust jacket.

1421 ALFT (E.C.) & BRISKA (W.H.):

Elgin Time: A History of the Elgin National Watch Company 1864 – 1968 NEW £45.00

120 pages, illustrated, 2003. A good history of the Elgin Company with lots of information about the company, its products and the people who made them. Hardback with gilt tooled cover.

6 ALLAN (C.): Old Stirling Clockmakers O/P £30.00

111 pages, illustrated, 1990. This work is a very detailed account of Stirling and St. Ninians’ makers and their clocks up to 1900. An excellent copy, with very good dust jacket.

3002 ALLEN (W.F.): Short History of Standard Time and its Adoption in North America in 1883 O/P £50.00

76 pages, 1904. Standard time was adopted by the railways of the United States and Canada in 1883. The book is a short history of the first 20 years of standard time with copies of letters written by prominent railway managers recording how standard time was implemented. An interesting piece of history as the author was secretary of the American Railway Association at the time. A good copy of a rare book, cloth now worn to corners and edges.

562 ALLIX (C.): Carriage Clocks, Their History & Development O/P £120.00

484 pages, illustrated, 1st edition, 1974. The best book about the history and manufacture of carriage clocks from around the world. This book is essential for understanding carriage clocks and their development. A fine copy with very good dust jacket.

727 ALLIX (C.): Carriage Clocks, Their History & Development O/P £95.00

484 pages, illustrated, reprinted 1981. The best book about the history and manufacture of carriage clocks from around the world. This book is essential for understanding carriage clocks and their development. A very good copy with good dust jacket.

2642 ALLIX (C.) & BRUSA (G.):

The Eminent Pierre Le Roy in the Art of Timekeeping Part II – Marine Timekeepers and Watches O/P £5.00

[15 pages], 12 figs., 2006. A good description of Le Roy’s montre marine and also of his later watches. An offprint from Antiquarian Horology. A good copy, not bound (the loose pages are stapled).

2428 ALPERN (A.) & O’GORMAN (J.F.):



Catalogue of the Andrew Alpern Collection of Drawing Instruments NEW £43.00

xxi + 133 pages, illustrated, 2010. An excellent, well illustrated catalogue of 129 sets of English, European and American drawing instruments made over the last 300 years. This will be a very useful reference book for those wishing to put a date to sets of instruments and to identify their makers.

1271 [AMERICAN CLOCK & WATCH MUSEUM]: The Timepiece Journal volume I, no. 7 O/P £3.00

[24] pages, illus., Summer 1978. This issue of the Journal contains Historical Sketches of the Town of Bristol, first published in 1872 and mentioning several clockmaking concerns, and reproduces the Prospectus of the Kennedy Electric Clock Company first published in 1869. Good copy card covers.

2970 [AMERICAN MANUFACTURING & SUPPLY CO]:

Illustrated Catalogue of Self Winding Clocks O/P £14.00

39 pages, illus., reprinted 1986. A reprint of a retailers catalogue, for 1887 & 1888, for clocks made by The Self-Winding Clock Company. The mechanism for these clocks was invented by Chester Henry Pond whose first patent for electro-magnetical clock movements was granted in 1884. Good copy. Card covers.

2967 [AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY]: Symposium on Copernicus O/P £18.00

[140 pages], figures, 1973. Four scholarly papers on Nicolaus Copernicus, his planetary theory, and heliocentrism published in the transactions of this learned society. A very good copy. Card covers.

1330 [AMERICAN WALTHAM WATCH CO.]: Materials NEW £12.00

112 pages, illus., 1971. A reprint of the American Waltham Watch Company’s watch materials catalogue for 1885 with prices. The catalogue claims to identify every part of every watch then in production. Card covers.

1329 [AMERICAN WATCH CO.]: Souvenir Catalog of the New Orleans Exposition 1884 – 85 O/P £10.00

40 pages, illus., 1972. A reprint of the 36-page catalogue distributed by the American Watch Company at the World’s Fair held in New Orleans between 1884 and 1885. Fourteen of the pages describe the operations in manufacturing at the Waltham factory (the company changed its name to The American Waltham Co. in 1885). Good copy, card covers.

2904 ANDERSON (J.M.): Charles Alva Smith: Vermont Maker of Unusual Wood Clocks O/P £24.00

67 pages, 146 figs., 1989. Charles Smith made about 600 wooden wall clocks in the period 1931 – 1945 including a few electric examples. He made the entire clock – case, dial, movement, weights etc., all to his own designs. A good copy. Card covers.

3167 ANDRADE (J.): Chronométrie O/P £85.00

382 pages, 193 figs., 1908. The history of horology with the emphasis on the theory of mechanical and electrical timepieces. A good copy. Card covers a bit worn. [French language]

2835 ANDRADE (J.): Les Organes Réglants des Chronomètres O/P £20.00

146 pages, 24 figs., 1922. A technical paper in the Bibliotheque Horlogerie series, on the regulation of precision timekeepers – balances and balances springs. A fine copy, card covers. [French language]

8 ANDREWES (W.J.H.) (Editor): The Quest for Longitude NEW £49.95

437 pages, illustrated, 2nd edition, 1998. This is a valuable, learned volume, being a record of the contributions to the Longitude Symposium held at Harvard University in 1993. The symposium was held to commemorate John Harrison's birth 300 years before, and is the best contribution to understanding Harrison and time keeping at sea since Quill's book, John Harrison, the Man who found Longitude, was published in 1966. As well as information about marine timekeepers by Harrison, Earnshaw, Mudge and Arnold the book covers Harrison's wooden and brass regulators. With dust jacket.

1671 ANDREWES (W.J.H.) (Editor): The Quest for Longitude O/P £40.00

437 pages, 1st edition, 1996. This is a valuable, learned volume, being a record of the contributions to the Longitude Symposium held at Harvard University in 1993. The symposium was held to commemorate John Harrison’s birth 300 years before, and is the best contribution to understanding Harrison and time keeping at sea since Quill’s book, John Harrison, the Man who found Longitude, was published in 1966. A very good copy with very good dust jacket.

1534 ANDREWS (H.C.):

A Hertfordshire Worthy – John Briant Bell-Founder and Clockmaker 1749 – 1829 O/P £195.00



95 pages, 11 plates, 1930. A biography of John Briant who worked in Hertford, together with a detailed list of his bells, turret clocks and longcase clocks. This is a very rare book. A good copy, the card covers a little worn and marked.

1784 ANON: L’Art de la Boîte À Musique / The Art of the Musical Box O/P £10.00

A 12-inch LP vinyl record (# 36461) published by Arion, Paris. The record contains 58 pieces of music recorded from disc, cylinder and other music boxes in the collection of the Conservatoire Autonome des Boîtes À Musique, Geneva. The text on the record sleeve is in French, with an English translation on a separate sheet. I have not played the record but am told that one side is scratched. An unusual item.

2874 [ANON]: The London Wholesale, Manufacturing, and Retail Goldsmiths, Silversmiths, Jewellers, Watch Makers, Opticians, and Cutlers’ Directory, .…. NEW £30.00

320 pages, facsimile edition, 1996. First published in 1861 this is a useful directory for many London trades including clock making and watchmaking. The directory also covers many trades (including clocks and watches) in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester as well as the watch and clock tool manufacturers’ of Prescot, and the watch trades of Coventry. This facsimile reprint was limited to 500 copies and is a good reference source for clock and watch enthusiasts. A new, unused copy of the hardback edition with dust jacket.

3437 [ANON]: The London Wholesale, Manufacturing, and Retail Goldsmiths, Silversmiths, Jewellers, Watch Makers, Opticians, and Cutlers’ Directory, .…. NEW £20.00

320 pages, facsimile edition, 1996. First published in 1861 this is a useful directory for many London trades including clock making and watchmaking. The directory also covers many trades (including clocks and watches) in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester as well as the watch and clock tool manufacturers’ of Prescot, and the watch trades of Coventry. This facsimile reprint was limited to 500 copies and is a good reference source for clock and watch enthusiasts. A new, unused copy of the card covers edition.

3496 [ANON]: The Mechanics’ Magazine volume 42 January – June 1845 O/P £15.00

428 pages, illustrated, 1845. A compendium of letters, articles, etc on a wealth of subjects. Of horological interest are a short letter about an Alexander Bain electric clock installed in a house, and 2 articles by B. L. Vulliamy on the construction and regulation of clocks at railway stations. A good copy for its age, pages a little browned.

721 [ANSONIA]: The Ansonia Clock Company Catalogue 1894 NEW £15.00

168 pages, illustrated, a modern facsimile reprint. A useful guide to Ansonia clocks being sold in 1894 when the company had offices in New York, Chicago and London. The catalogue illustrates alarm clocks, carriage, mantel and table clocks, wall clocks and tallcase clocks as well as marble clocks, other clocks, bronzes and candelabra. Every item is priced, many under 10 US dollars! Card covers.

1422 [ANSONIA]: The Ansonia Clock Company Catalogue 1906 – 1907 NEW £12.00

213 pages, a facsimile reprint published in 1988. A useful guide to Ansonia clocks being sold in 1906 when the company had offices in New York, Chicago and London. The catalogue illustrates alarm clocks, carriage, mantel and table clocks, wall clocks and tallcase clocks as well as marble clocks, other clocks, bronzes and candelabra. Every item is priced, many under 10 US dollars! Card covers.

2539 [ANSONIA]: The Ansonia Clock Co. Crystal Regulators Catalogue 1905 O/P £10.00

46 pages, illustrated, reprinted 1967. A reproduction of the Ansonia catalogue showing the wide range of crystal regulators made by the company in 1905. Very good copy, card covers.

A231 ANTIQUORUM: The Art of Breguet O/P £65.00

479 pages, illus., 1991. The Antiquorum auction catalogue for 14 April 1991 with good descriptions and illustrations of 204 clock, watches and marine chronometers, with interesting biographies for many of the original purchasers. A very useful reference book for Breguet enthusiasts. A fine copy of the hardback catalogue with very good dust jacket.

A291 [ANTIQUORUM]: The Sandberg Watch Collection O/P £85.00

500 pages, illus., 2001. The Antiquorum auction catalogue for the sale of The Sandberg Watch Collection which comprised 423 items all beautifully illustrated and described. The collection had many fine early pocket watches, fine small music boxes and many beautifully decorated and enamelled pieces. A very good copy of the hardback catalogue. [Sale @ Geneva 31/3/2001 & 01/04/2001]

2823 ANTONETTO (M.) & DONNINI (M.): Swatcher – The Swatch Hand Book ‘ 92 O/P £15.00

325 pages, illustrated, 2nd edition, 1992. A book for collectors, describing and illustrating 497 Swatch models produced between 1983 and 1990, including the rarer, limited edition, models. A very good copy with good dust jacket. [Dual English and Italian language]

2448 ARCHINARD (M.): Collection de Saussure O/P £14.00

32 pages, 18 plates, 1977. A catalogue of the scientific instruments (each one illustrated) at the Musèe d’art et d’histoire, Geneva which belonged to Horace-Bénédict de Saussure an 18th century Swiss scientist. Good copy, card covers. [French language]

3415 ARM (J.-P.): Watch Around – Authentic Swiss Watchmaking O/P £10.00



Issues 004, 006 and 008 of the Swiss magazine Watch Around for Autumn 2008, 2009 & 2010. Each issue has news, book reviews and articles on watches, companies and personalities in the Swiss watch industry. Good condition. [Issues 006 & 008 are English language, issue 004 is German language]

2208 ASHBY (T.) & ASHBY (P.): Making Wooden Clock Cases NEW £20.00

222 pages, figs., reprinted 2003. This book contains detailed and dimensioned drawings for making 23 clock cases in traditional styles. Card covers.

1531 ASHTON (T.S.): An Eighteenth Century Industrialist Peter Stubs of Warrington 1756 - 1806 O/P £25.00

156 pages, frontis., reprinted 1961. South-East Lancashire was a centre of the metal trade and Peter Stubs, who is best known as a file maker, was also an innkeeper. The Stubs business purchased cast steel from Sheffield and using a large number of outworkers made files and other hand tools. The tools were sold to customers, including watch and clockmakers, in Britain, Europe and America. A very good copy with poor dust jacket.

2721 ASPREY: Exhibition of Marine Chronometers December 1987 O/P £10.00

24 pages, illustrated, 1987. A useful catalogue describing and illustrating some fine chronometers by Arnold, Barraud, Pennington & others, Breguet, James Murray, Usher & Cole, etc. Clean copy but pages creased, card covers.


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