Treatise on Clock and Watchmaking (Thomas Reid)

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  1. Greg Frauenhoff

    Greg Frauenhoff Registered User
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    Aug 25, 2000
  2. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

    Fortunat Mueller-Maerki National Library Chair
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    Aug 25, 2000
    Horological Bibliographer -
    Sussex New Jersey USA
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    I happen to own a copy of Reid, , (actually the 7th edition of 1859) and it is one of the more fascinating historical texts on horology.

    It is very broad and comprehensive. It has 466 pages and 19 fold out , engraved plates . THE PLATES are one of the reasons for the rarity of the book, it was a fairly comon book in its day, but to many copies were butchered in the second half of the 20th century when it was more profitable to rip the books apart and sell the plates individually as decorative home acessories suitable for framing (mainly by people enamored of an english antiques style interior with no appreciation or knowledge of horology.

    The covers the history of clock and watchmaking from a technical perspective, and has extensive mathematical parts covering the calculaions for many of the astronomical indications found on old high grade clocks (The chapter on teeth counts for various indications is over 30 pages.

    I would strongly urge a serious student of horology to try to study a copy of the book if you can your hands on it. (currently list 5 copies for sale at prices ranging from 320 to over 700 dollars)

    FortunatMueller-Maerki, Sussex NJ

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  3. Ralph

    Ralph Registered User
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    Jan 22, 2002
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    Didn't the NAWCC library deascension a copy of Reid's book, last year?

    My copy is the 2nd edition. I got lucky....$60

  4. gary G

    gary G Registered User

    Jan 22, 2003
    Many thanks for THE COMMENTS.
    gary G

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