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Digitized books related to clocks and clockmaking

The following list provides information and/or links to digitized books that can be downloaded, read and printed.

Books which cover both clocks and watches will be found in the article [main]Digitized books related to watches and watchmaking[/main].

Three points should be noted.
  • There are significant problems with some of the Google books; missing plates, badly scanned plates, missing pages and, all too common, only one volume of a set digitised. Very common is that folding plates have been scanned without unfolding them! This problem is extremely serious because some or all of the text without usable plates is often unintelligible and so useless. The unprofessional approach to making books available on line is very disappointing.
  • The availability of the "full view" of a Google book varies by country and it depends on local copyright laws. United states law places all books published before 1923 in the public domain. In contrast, in Australia an old book enters the public domain 50 years after the death of the author, and so it can be difficult to determine if a book is still under copyright. Google is very conservative, the cut off date of 1855 corresponding to an author dying in 1955 and so about 120 years old on his or her death!, assuming the book was written at age 20.
    Book availability is flagged; for example USA only? Because this list has been compiled in Australia, links to USA only books could not be provided.
    Please, if anyone adds a book to this list could they note the country in which it was accessed.
  • Many of the books are of marginal interest, but they have been included all on the basis that it is not for one person to decide what other people are interested in.


Airy, Sir George Biddell: Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy, 1896
USA only? Google Book​
Beckett, Edmund (Grimthorpe): A rudimentary treatise on clock and watchmaking, 1850
Worldwide? Google Book​
Beckett, Edmund (Grimthorpe): A Rudimentary Treatise on Clocks, Watches, & Bells for Public Purposes, 1874
USA only? Google Book​
Beckett, Edmund (Grimthorpe): A rudimentary treatise on clock and watchmaking, 1903
Worldwide Gutenberg (Lacking frontis.)​
Beckett, Edmund (Grimthorpe): Clocks, Watches, & Bells, 1908
USA only? Google Book​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: De la mesure du temps: ou Supplément au Traité des horloges marines et a l'Essai sur l'horlogerie, 1787
Worldwide Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Eclaircissemens sur l'invention, 1786
Worldwide e-rara​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Essai sur l’horlogerie, 1786
Worldwide Google Book (Vol 1 only, plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Essai sur l’horlogerie, 1786
Worldwide Google Book (Vol 1 only, plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Essai sur l’horlogerie, 1786
Worldwide Google Book (Vol 2 only, plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Histoire de la mesure du temps par les horloges, 1802
Worldwide? Google Book (vol 1 only, no plates.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Histoire de la mesure du temps par les horloges, 1802
Worldwide? Google Book (vol 2 only, plates badly scanned.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: Histoire de la mesure du temps par les horloges, 1802
Worldwide e-rara (both volumes.)​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: L’art de conduire et de regler les pendules et les montres, 1805
Worldwide Google Book​
Berthoud, Ferdinand: L’art de conduire et de regler les pendules et les montres, 1811
Worldwide Google Book (One plate scanned folded.)​
Bloxam, J.M.: Addition to a paper on the mathematical theory and practical defects of clock escapements, 1858
Worldwide Google Book (in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol 18, pages 265-270. The original article was published in the )Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society.)​
Brearley, H.C.: Time telling through the ages, 1896
USA only? Google Book​
Breguet, student of: L’art de l’horlogerie enseigne en trente lecons, 1827
Worldwide? Google Book (Plates badly scanned and useless.)​
British Horological Institute: Horological Journal, 1860
Worldwide? Google Book (Volumes I - IV)​
British Horological Institute: Horological Journal, 1874
USA only? Google Book (Volume XXIV)​
British Horological Institute: Horological Journal, 1882
USA only? Google Book (Volume XVI)​
Camus, C. E. L. (trans Hawkins, J. I.): A treatise on the teeth of wheels, 1837
Worldwide? Google Book (2nd edn, missing 2 plates and other faults. A corrected copy is available from here.)​
Camus, C. E. L. (trans Hawkins, J. I.): A treatise on the teeth of wheels, 1837
Worldwide? Google Book (2nd edn, some poor plates. A correct copy is available from here.)​
Crane, Frank: Time Telling Through the Ages, 1919
USA only? Google Book (An 8 page advertising booklet which accompanied Brearley Time Telling Through the Ages.)​
Encyclopedia Britannica [Beckett, Edmund (Grimthorpe)]: Clock and watch work from the eighth edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1850
Worldwide? Google Book​
Ferson, Earl Bixby: The tower clock: designed and made for the University of Chicago by the Chicago Manual Training School of the University of Chicago, 1903
USA only?
Glasglow, David: Watch and Clock Making, 1885
USA only? Google Book​
Haliburton, R.: The clockmaker or, the sayings and doings of Samuel Slick, 1838
Worldwide? Google Book (1843 and 1848 edns also available)​
Hasluck, Paul: The Clock Jobber's Handybook, 1889
USA only? Google Book​
Huygens, Christiaan: Horologium oscillatorium , 1673
Worldwide Cornell University​
Janvier, Antide: Essai sur les horloges publiques, pour les communes de la campagne, 1860
Worldwide e-rara​
Jerome, Chauncey: History of the American Clock Business for the past sixty years, 1860
Worldwide? Google Book​
Kater, Henry and Lardner, D.: Treatise on Mechanics 1830
Worldwide Google Book​
Reid, Thomas: A treatise on clock and watch making, 1832
Worldwide Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Reid, Thomas: A treatise on clock and watch making, 1859
Worldwide? Google Book (Plates scanned folded and useless.)​
Sully, Henri: escription abregée d'une horloge d'une nouvelle invention, 1726
Worldwide e-rara​
Thomson, A.: Time and timekeepers, 1842
Worldwide? Google Book​
Vulliamy, Benjamin L.: On the Construction and theory of the Dead Escapement for Clocks, 1846
Worldwide? Google Book​
Wolf, Charles (editor): Memoires sur le Pendule. Part 1, 1889, Volume IV of Collection de Memoires Relatifs a la Physique
USA only? Google Book (2 pages scanned badly, plates scanned folded and so useless.)​
Wolf, Charles (editor): Memoires sur le Pendule. Part 2, 1891, Volume V of Collection de Memoires Relatifs a la Physique
USA only? Google Book​

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