This book was published 8 years ago and I wanted a copy at the time, but it seemed to be very expensive at the time. I recently saw it on Amazon at a reduced price and actually found a copy from a bookseller for less than the new general asking price. It appears that it is now in the "remaindered" category. It has been my experience in the past that when a book like this goes remaindered, the price drops dramatically but then recovers a substantial part of the difference. Terence has been thinking about the contents of this book most of his life and it was his father's passion before him. He has created a very fine work that divides all of English watchmaking into six periods and focuses on what distinguishes each of those periods. This is not really a coffee table book, although it does have some marvelous pictures in it. It's great strength is that it goes into some depth on each of the pieces presented as being representative of each period. I am not likely to ever own any examples from the earliest period, but I do think they are wonderful cultural artifacts. The sixth period is defined from 1825 to 1970 (Daniels). That is also the period of my greatest interest although I do love the watches from the fifth period (1775 - 1825) and have been able to acquire a few of those and and at least one watch from the fourth period. The book devotes 197 (of 503) pages to the fifth and sixth periods. I was particularly interested in Terence's insights into the 6 examples he shows of the work of Barrauds and Barraud and Lunds. I cannot recommend this book enough.