Time and Timekeepers

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  1. Jerry Freedman

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    Does anyone own this book by Willis Milham. If so, can you please tell me if it is a worthwhile acquisition?
     
  2. Jerry Freedman

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    Does anyone own this book by Willis Milham. If so, can you please tell me if it is a worthwhile acquisition?
     
  3. doug sinclair

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    Jerry,

    I own a copy. I bought mine from a widow who was liquidating her late husband's effects, and numerous members of our chapter were there. The sale was held by means of a silent auction. I don't know what you'd pay for a copy now, but I'll bet I'd be ashamed of what I paid fifteen years ago, if I knew the current price. It is a very worthwhile acquisition. It is absolutely loaded with information for someone who is really interested in horology as I know you are. I don't know how often they become available, but if you know of one, I'd suggest you grab it! If the price hurts a bit, you will have ABSOLUTELY no regrets once you have it in your hands. Very comprehensive and in depth.
     
  4. Jon Hanson

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    Jerry, forget the spin,

    This book can be bought for as little as $6.50 from one of the major book sellers!
     
  5. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

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    # Title: Time & Timekeepers
    SubTitle: Including the History, Construction, Care, and Accuracy of Clocks and Watches
    # Author: Willis I. Milham
    # Publisher: Macmillan
    Keywords: collecting
    Language: ENG
    Notes: Lengthy, broad text, many b&w illustrations, on histoty of timekeeping and clooecting
    Edition: 1945, 4th printing of 2nd (Imperial) edition -- Copyright: 1923
    Kind: Book
    Type: Timekeeper (general)
    Geographic area: USA
    Topic: History
    Organization: NA/other
    Pages: 616 -- Height in cm: 21

    Unquestionably a good and valuable book, quite sought after by horologists, but more common in the antiquarian booktrade than prices in the horological arts would suggest.

    A quick search at abe.com shows 57 copioes available ranging in price from $7.50 to Dollars 70.

    Try to get it

    Fortunat
     
  6. Jon Hanson

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    FMM,

    I just located one for $6.50!
     
  7. doug sinclair

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    Jon,

    Forget the spin? None was intended!
     
  8. Jon Hanson

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    Wow, a great sales job! Man, it made me want to run to the third floor and dig mine out TO CHECK MY COST!

    IT CERTAINLY SPUN ME OUT OF THE CHAIR! :biggrin:
     
  9. Ralph

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    I always thought this was a much underrated book and well worth the bargain prices it can be had for.

    Ralph
     
  10. Jon Hanson

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    Ralph,

    In my opinion there may be an opportunity here--horological books.

    Watches, recased, mis matched, molested and mostly ruined are at the top of their market--possibly scarce and good reference books are the thing to begin collecting for the new collector or those seasoned collectors that have not concerned themselves with a library as yet.

    I have been collecting books for over 5 decades. Books are wonderful, but like everything else they have to be learned as to their value, use and desirability.

    Buy and READ books--it can be a rewarding experience in several different ways.

    Question: I wonder how many readers have taken the bait and run off to look for a cheap and worthwhile Milham T&Ts as mentioned by 149 member Jerry F.:???:
     
  11. Ralph

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    I have 2 or 3 copies of the Milham book. I am a book nut as well. You can't have too many books or editions.

    Ralph
     
  12. Jon Hanson

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    GREAT--I HAVE LOCATED ANOTHER COLLECTORS WHO COLLECTS VARIOUS EDITIONS!

    WOW, I AM NOT ALONE!:biggrin:
     
  13. Jon Hanson

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    Ralph,

    Do you have very many editions of Kemlo? :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  14. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

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    Jon and Ralph a certainly not alone, there are other HORO-BIBLIOMANICS out there. Of some books (e.g. the Terwilliger 400day clock repair guide) I have 8 different editions and find the evolution of the book as fascinating as the final book.

    Fortunat
     
  15. Ralph

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    Only one that I could find (1895). I might have another, but disorganized...

    I have a year or two old copy of Fortunat's Library database. I don't have many that he doesn't have, but he has a whole lot that I don't have.

    Ralph
     
  16. Jerry Treiman

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    Jon - these are the editions I have:
    Milham - 1944 edition (red cloth)
    Kemlo - 1908 (embossed brown cloth)

    (Jerry - I too think Milham is an excellent book for your library)
     
  17. Jon Hanson

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    Thanks so much Jerry T for your data. I believe I have these editions (from memory). I think most of the later editions are bound as yours.

    Nicely and originally bound Kemlos are nice little books, reasonable and fun to collect in nice condition. I found my latest edition about 1 1/2 years ago for $10. at a mart!
     
  18. Greg Frauenhoff

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    Jerry,

    I'm not a heavy duty book collector, but your post reminded me of a similar horological title on my shelf: "Time and Time-Tellers" by James W. Benson.
     
  19. Jon Hanson

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    Jerry F.

    Are you becoming interested in collecting horological books?
     
  20. Ralph

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    Don't get Greg started, I need the Benson book.

    Ralph
     
  21. Jon Hanson

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    collecting? I thought he was a dealer!
     
  22. Jerry Freedman

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    Jon:

    I buy books for my own use. Research is the key for anyone who collects anything. I found Milham's book being cited in an article I was reading. I was not familliar with the book, hence my question.
     
  23. Jon Hanson

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    Great and good luck--did you locate the one I found for $6.50?
     
  24. Jon Hanson

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    How about the scarce Timing A Century by Moore for only $ 392.50 plus shipping:???::???::biggrin:
     
  25. Jon Hanson

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    Ralph,

    That Benson book has been reprinted and can be bought for 20-30. but the original has wonderful binding for 5Xs the price!:biggrin:
     
  26. Jon Hanson

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    FMM,

    Did you rec my email on a German/Swiss book?
     

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