What books should I buy?

towrope

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Since I love books more than almost anything else I'll give my list of the ones I have found the most interesting since becoming interested in watches!
(1) Any book by Donald de Carle.
(2) Any book by Henry B Fried
(3) Any book by Claudius Saunier.
(4) Any book by or with George Daniels
(5) Old trade catalogs and manufacturer's literature.
Yes, some of these are expensive but I believe they contain the most information for the money. I would recommend any of them highly.
 

towrope

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Since I love books more than almost anything else I'll give my list of the ones I have found the most interesting since becoming interested in watches!
(1) Any book by Donald de Carle.
(2) Any book by Henry B Fried
(3) Any book by Claudius Saunier.
(4) Any book by or with George Daniels
(5) Old trade catalogs and manufacturer's literature.
Yes, some of these are expensive but I believe they contain the most information for the money. I would recommend any of them highly.
 

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I think that the authors listed are ALL good,, in my opinion Daniels and Saunier are the best cited.

But I would say the answer to your question is buy any horological book you can aford, manz become rare very suddenly. I have bought abiut 4000 volumes over the years and have regretted few purchases.

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My favorite horological publications, excluding the couple I've written, are late 19th and early 20th century trade catalogs and price lists for American pocket watch makers, especially the smaller companies. A specific need at present is any info from such catalogs relating to Rockford watches during the period from 1883-1888.

I have some questions for our more knowledgeable horological book collectors about a couple of the very few old books I own. Any comments or thoughts would be appreciated.

Is Saunier's "Revue Chronometrique Premiere et Deuxieme Anne of 1857" among his more important works or was he mainly just the editor/compiler (no speaka da French)?

How does one identify a first edition of Kemlo's Watch-repairer's hand-book?


Thanks,

Greg
 

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What to buy kind of depends on whether you want to learn about what out there, technology repair etc. From your selection it looks like you like technology and examples.

You might add to your list anything by Britten and also a real tour de force Von Bertele's Chronometers. Marvin Whitney's books are also very worthwhile.

Lastly I enjoyed Andrewes Proceeding of the Longitude Seminar.
 
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