Public library wants recommendation of books

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  1. Robert Gary

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    Our community just opened a new multi-million dollar public library. The librarian has requested suggestions for books on clocks, watches, and horology for them to purchase. They had essentially nothing prior to this new building.

    These can be on any facet; history, repair, restoration, photos, whatever.

    What books would you like to see in a public library? I will compile the list and forward to our library.

    Thank you.

    RobertG
     
  2. Mike Kearney

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    Hi RobertG. I guess they have to be new books?

    Jon Hanson started a nice thread in this forum called Favorite Books a week or so ago. It's got a really first rate list. Some are available new but probably most are not. Fortunat (userid horology), John Nagle and others have also posted reviews of new books on the forum. You won't have trouble making a list.

    Regards,
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  3. Robert Gary

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    Mike:

    Yes, I am putting together a list from those and other sources, but the books one would suggest for a public library likely will be different than those recommended for a private collection. One is a very general audience, the other very specific.

    I am hoping to get input for the general audience of a public library, perhaps primarily to instill interest in horology.

    RobertG

    Edited to correct typos.
     
  4. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

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    Robert is right, the FIRST focus should be on general books that get the public into horology.

    Books such as:

    Dava Sobel, Longitude

    Jonathan Betts, Time restored

    John North: Gods Clockmaker



    Next popular overview books on various kinds of timekeepers:
    like the ones published by Shiffer in Atglen PA:
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    Advertising Clocks Michael Bruner
    American Shelf and Wall Clocks Robert W.D. Ball
    American Wristwatches Edward Faber
    Automatic Wristwatches from Germany, England, France, Japan, Russia and the USA Heinz Hampel
    Automatic Wristwatches from Switzerland Heinz Hampel
    Black Forest Clocks Rick Ortenburger
    Breitling Timepieces Benno Richter
    British Longcase Clocks Derek Roberts
    Carriage and Other Traveling Clocks Derek Roberts
    Chester County Clocks and Their Makers Arthur E. James
    Chronograph Wristwatches Gerd-R. Lang
    Comic Character Timepieces Hy Brown
    Comic Character Wristwatches Debra S. Braun
    Continental and American Skeleton Clocks Derek Roberts
    Electrifying Time Jim Linz
    English Precision Pendulum Clocks Derek Roberts
    European Pendulum Clocks Klaus Maurice
    French Bronze Clocks Elke Nieh_ser
    Legged Alarm Clocks Dennis Sagvold
    Marine and Pocket Chronometers Hans von Bertele
    Mystery, Novelty, & Fantasy Clocks Derek Roberts
    Omega Designs Anton Kreuzer
    Pocket Watches Reinhard Meis
    Precision Pendulum Clocks Derek Roberts
    Rolex Wristwatches James M. Dowling
    Russian Wristwatches Juri Levenberg
    Swiss Wristwatches Gisbert L. Brunner
    The Alarm Wristwatch Michael Philip Horlbeck
    The Illinois Watch Frederic J. Friedberg
    The Movado History Fritz von Osterhausen
    Time in Gold Gerald Viola
    Vienna Regulator Clocks Rick Ortenburger
    Vintage Rolex� Sports Models Martin Skeet
    Westclox: An Identification and Price Guide Gary Biolchini
    Wristwatch Chronometers Fritz von Osterhausen
    Wristwatches Helmut Kahlert
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    Then a few standard reference books on the subject:

    Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World (21st century edition)

    Tom Spittler: American Watchmakers and Clockmakers

    Chris Bailey: 200 years of AMerican CLocks and Watches

    F.J. Britten: Old Clocks and Watches

    Kathleen Pritchard: Swiss Timepiece Makers

    Derek Roberts: Precision Pendulum Clocks (ALL three volumes)

    John Robey: The Longcase Clock reference book (2 Volumes)

    Shugart: Complete Price guide to watches


    and then the identification guides by Tran Duy Ly:
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    Kroeber Clocks - American & Imports
    by Tran Duy Ly
    With 2006 Price Update $85.00
    American Clocks - Volume 1

    by Tran Duy Ly
    With 2005 Price Update $59.50
    2005 Price Update only $15.00
    American Clocks - Volume 2

    by Tran Duy Ly
    Contains NO clocks from Volume 1
    With 2000 Price Update $49.50
    2000 Price Update only $10.00
    American Clocks - Volume 3

    by Tran Duy Ly
    Contains NO clocks from Volume 1 and 2
    With 2002 Price Update $59.50
    2002 Price Update only $10.00
    Ansonia Clocks & Watches

    by Tran Duy Ly
    Second Edition Revised and Enlarged in 1998
    With 2004 Price Update $89.50
    2004 Price Update only $15.00
    Calendar Clocks

    by Tran Duy Ly
    With 2000 Price Update $75.00
    2000 Price Update only $10.00
    French Clocks & Bronzes

    by Tran Duy Ly
    With 2006 Price Update $19.95
    2006 Price Update only $6.00
    Gilbert Clocks

    by Tran Duy Ly
    Including 120 pages Supplement with 2000 Price Update $69.50
    120 pages Supplement only $19.95
    Gustav Becker Clocks

    by Tran Duy Ly


    With 2000 Price Update
    Hardbound $49.50
    Perfectbound $39.50
    2000 Price Update only $10.00
    Ingraham Clocks & Watches

    by Tran Duy Ly
    With 1999 Price Update $49.50
    1999 Price Update only $10.00
    Longcase Clocks & Standing Regulators
    Part 1: Machine Made Clocks

    by Tran Duy Ly
    With 2000 Price Update $69.50
    2000 Price Update only $10.00
    New Haven Clocks & Watches

    by Tran Duy Ly
    With 2000 Price Update $55.00
    2000 Price Update only $10.00


    Sessions Clocks

    by Tran Duy Ly
    Smyth sewn hardbound on white gloss enamel text
    With 2002 Price Update $49.50
    Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements
    3rd Edition, Volume 1
    by Tran Duy Ly
    With 2005 Price Update $79.50
    2005 Price Update only $15.00
    Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements
    3rd Edition, Volume 2
    by Tran Duy Ly
    With 2005 Price Update $79.50
    2005 Price Update only $15.00
    Waterbury Clocks & Watches
    Volume 1 - 2nd Edition

    by Tran Duy Ly
    2nd Edition. Major Revision in 2001 from Blinking eye clocks to Mickey Mouse Watches.
    With 2001 Price Update $69.50

    Available Soon:
    Waterbury Clocks & Watches - Volume 2 - 2nd Edition

    Welch Clocks

    by Tran Duy Ly
    2004 Price Up-date for Welch Clocks only $10.00
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    And finally a small selection of more technical or scientific books like:

    A L Rawlings: The Science of Clocks and Watches

    Philip Woodward: My Own Right Time

    W.J. Gazeley: Clockand Watch Escapements

    George Daniels: Watchmaking

    Robert Mathys: Accurate Clock Pendulums

    I believe all of these (except Bailey) to still be in Print.

    A more ambitious effort would include as least as many titel agaon that are out of print, and in the next step a similar number published in French or German.

    There is no limit how many you get. I myself have a rather comprehensive horological library with about 8000 titles, but that probably includes 1000 auction catalogs, 1000 old trade catalogs and about 1000 bound volumes of horological periodicals. Of the 5000 remaining books and booklets prpbaly nearly half are not in English and more than half are out of print. There are probably not many more than 1000 horological books in English currently in Print. So 100 well selected titles allready is a nice start.

    Just my ideas off the top of my head.

    Fortunat
     
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  5. Robert Gary

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    Fortunat:

    Wow! What a fantastic reply! Thank you very much. I will forward this to the librarian ASAP.

    Our new local chapter, 190, is trying to see if we can provide the library with a subscription to THE BULLETIN without the library having to be a member of NAWCC.

    Thank you again!

    RobertG
     
  6. Dr. Jon

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    I suggest a few more , surprisingly all published i 2004.

    Pendant and pocket Watches 1500-1950 by C. Jeanenne Bell published by Collector Books a division of Schroeder Publishing ISBN 1-57432-394-4 2004

    Chronometer Makers of the World Tony Mercer ISBN 0 7198 0340 3 NAG press 2004

    Marking Time Collecting Watches and Thinking about Time Michael Korda ISBN 0-7607-3576-X Barnes and Noble 2004
     
  7. Robert Gary

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    Dr. Jon:

    Thank you very much. I will pass along your recommendations as well.

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  8. Jon Hanson

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    HOW ABOUT Charles Crossman?

    New and completely original form by Chapter 149er Donald Dawes!
     
  9. Ansomnia

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    I would recommend any or all of Donald de Carle's books. These are books that actually enable any novice to work on a clock or watch. They are beautifully written and illustrated in a format that is easy to hold and read. They are also inexpensive and many people will seek out and buy their own copies once they check out the library copy. Get them even if they are out of print. Many and perhaps most of the important horological books are out of print but antiquarian book stores will have copies.

    I could think of many other books to add to your list but here are 2 very inspiring reference books. They depict European clocks that are the roots of all the clocks we are discussing. The colour plates are life-like and the information professional. They set the bar and they will inspire people.

    Van Den Ende : HUYGENS' LEGACY THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE PENDULUM CLOCK
    Vehmeyer HM : CLOCKS - THEIR ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT 1320 -1880



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  10. Robert Gary

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    Thank you, everyone. I have passed along a very substantial recommendation list to the library. It will be very interesting to see what they end up ordering.

    Thank you again!

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  11. Robert Gary

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    I received a notice from the library that they have purchased a number of the books recommended on this thread. :thumb: They did not specify which books they bought. I will allow a few weeks to pass to allow them to receive, process, and shelve the new books. Then I will visit the library and see what they decided to purchase.

    Thank you again, everyone, for your assistance and suggestions. :clap:
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  12. HowardHorology

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    I am glad that I have one of your recommendations!
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    European Pendulum Clocks:
    Decorative Instruments of Measuring Time
    by Klaus Maurice.
     
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    Here is another book that I recommend. It will be a useful reference book to the library. It is the Clockmakers and Watchmakers of America by Name and by Place written and compiled by Sonya Spittler, Tom Spittler, and Chris Bailey. This book can be order from th National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. gift shop. The website is www.nawcc.org.
    Jonathan Lee Jones
     
  14. Rockin Ronnie

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    May have missed it above but Laurie Penman has authored a number of books. I recently bought a book called Common Escapements which should be in any library.
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  15. Dr. Jon

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    One book I really like, long out of print is

    It's About Time by Chamberlain. Reprints are available but its an expensive book, but in view well worth the price.
     

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