Johnathon Betts

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  1. Jerry Freedman

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    I just received my copy Betts' book The Marine Chronometers at Greenwich. Very heavy and thick book.

    I have only glanced at it, but it is beautiful. It will have to be read on a flat surface. It is pricey, and Amazon's
    price is $175.

    Has anyone else seen it yet?

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    I have it and like it a lot.:thumb:
     
  3. Allan C. Purcell

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    Just once in a while, I look across my hobby room, and look at this fat, expencive book on Chronometers, Sometimes I think it is smiling at me, on other days I think is has a smerk, and I am not talking about the book you like so much, I too have that book and I use it nearly every day. At the moment, it was seeing this thread, that said, Allan its time you put pen to paper, stick out your chest and tell people you bought the special copy-you have number 5 of forty. I can say I bought it has an investment, in years to come it will be worth a fortune-but then I know I won´t be there. Did I buy it because there might be more information in there-I will never know-I havént had the nerve to put fingerprints on the pages, when I first took it out of the protective cover I found it was felt lined-it wont even let air inside-ever mind me, I slowly put it back inside. I don´t think the book is too impressed with me, and why should it be-it sits right next to Robert T. Gould-the second edition-the Gould is only half its size and I get the feeling they dont get on-or is it me? They could be just telling stories about chronometers-knowing quite well I cannot remember all they have to say-and the others on that shelf are laughing in chorus.I do hope the other people who bought the book don´t have these problems-if they do, they could send their books to me-and I will make room on my shelves, I love the smell of leather-don´t you`? Allan

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  4. Tom McIntyre

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    Allan, is there a copy of "It's About Time" down there on the second shelf? I have been trying to clean up my library and discovered I have 5 copies and I only need two. :)

    I have Jonathan's catalog and the Gould enhanced re-issue side by side also. But I put them on my chronometer cabinet rather than in the book case.

    I did not get the special limited edition of Jonathan's book but I did get the limited signed edition of Jeremy Evan's 300 Years of Tompion.
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    He seems a very decent chap, even if he outbid me at auction for a verge clock, at least it was by a maker he is researching so that seemed fair.
     

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