Vintage Horology Books


180 Vintage Books

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The Most Complete Library available

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Writer - The equivalent of Microsoft Word Watch Making Books- This unique disk is an opportunity to own these rare and collectible vintage books before they disappear forever. Some of the books are already unavailable and but for being scanned into digital format would never be seen again. Each page has been scanned in as a faithful reproduction of the original. This is a chance to be able to see books that would otherwise be lost to future generations. The disk contains the most complete library of books relating to Horology. it is not just books on the subject but also fine examples of the skill of the watch or clock maker. It is an invaluable resource of knowledge,techniques and history that may otherwise be forgotten were it not for being preserved in this way.

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Horology is the art or science of measuring time. Clocks, watches, clockwork, sundials, hourglasses, clepsydras, timers, time recorders, marine chronometers, and atomic clocks are all examples of instruments used to measure time.

In current usage, horology refers mainly to the study of mechanical time-keeping devices, while chronometry more broadly includes electronic devices that have largely supplanted mechanical clocks for the best accuracy and precision in time-keeping.

People interested in horology are called horologists. That term is used both by people who deal professionally with timekeeping apparatus (watchmakers, clockmakers), as well as aficionados and scholars of horology. Horology and horologists have numerous organizations, both professional associations and more scholarly societies.

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List of books

Over 180 On The Disk in PDF format

20th century catalogue of supplies for watchmakers, jewelers and kindred trades – Purdy, J. H. & co 1899

A book of sundial mottoes – Hyatt, Alfred H 1903

A Brief Account of the Chronometer – Parkinson and  Frodsham 1832

A Catalogue of Books, Manuscripts, Specimens of Clocks, Watches and Watchwork, … – William Henry Overall 1875

A Contrivance to Avoid the Irregularities in a Clock’s Motion,-  Mr. George Graham, Watch-Maker, F. R. S. (January 1, 1726) [Article]

A Description of a Clepsydra or Water-Clock – Charles Hamilton 1753

A Description of Two Methods, by Which the Irregularity of the Motion of a Clock, …, May be Prevented; By John Ellicott 1753 [Article]

A history of Simon Willard, inventor and clockmaker – J Williard 1911

A New Circuit-Breaker for Astronomical Clocks(Volume 7) – Poole, A. F. 1895 [Article]

A New Method of Constructing Sun-Dials, for Any Given Latitude –  James Ferguson, F. R. S. (January 1, 1767) [Article]

A new system of electric clocks its principles and ‘advantages’ – Spellier, L 1886

A portion of the papers relating to the great clock for the new palace at Westminster – Westminster palace 1848

A practical and theoretical treatise on the detached lever escapement

A Practical Course In Horology

A Practical Treatise on the Balance Spring 1876

A Rudimentary Treatise on Clock and Watch Making  – Baron Edmund Beckett Grimthorpe 1850

A Rudimentary Treatise on Clock And Watch Making

A Rudimentary Treatise on Clocks, Watches & Bells for Public Purposes – Edmund Beckett Grimthorpe 1903

A Treatise on Modern Horology in Theory and Practice 1887

A treatise on the teeth of wheels demonstrating the best forms which can be given to them – Camus, C 1868

A treatise on watch-work, past and present – H L Nekthropp 1873

A treatise on watch-work, past and present – Henry Leonard Nelthropp 1873

Abbott’s American Watchmaker and Jeweler

Account of improvements in chronometers – Mr. John Sweetman Eiffe 1842

Accutron 214 Service Manual

Accutron 218  Service Manual

American horological journal, devoted to practical horology – Vol 1

American horological journal, devoted to practical horology – Vol 2

American horological journal, devoted to practical horology – Vol 3

American horological journal, devoted to practical horology – Vol 4

American Watchmaker and Jeweler An Encyclopedia for the Horologist … – George Henry Abbott Hazlitt 1898

An Analysis of the Lever Escapement – Playtner, H. R. 1910

Ancient Japanese Clocks (Volume 20) – Skeel, Frank D. [Article]

Ausführliche Geschichte der theoretisch-praktischen Uhrmacherkunst Seit der altesten Art den … J von Poppe 1801 [German]

Bangerter’s Inventions – His Marvelous Time Clock

Bell foundry, Whitechapel, London E. .. – Mears & Stainbank 1885

Book of old sundials 1922

Breguet (1747-1823) (Volume 1) – Salomons, David, Sir 1921

Catalog of clocks and bronzes – John Wilson’s Son 1882

Catalogue of Books, Manuscripts, Specimens of Clocks, Watches & Watchwork, Paintings, Prints

Charter and bye laws – Company of clockmakers 1825

Chats on Old Clocks 1917

Church, clock, hemispherical, and other description of bells. Whitechapel bell foundry – Mears & Stainbank 1919

Clock and Watch Work – E Beckett 1855

Clocks and Watches – J L Overton 1922

Clocks manufactured by the E. Ingraham Company, Bristol, Conn., U. S. A.; No. 29  1903

Clocks manufactured by the E. Ingraham Company, Bristol, Conn., U. S. A.; No. 30

Clocks–Ancient and Modern (Volume 25) – Eichelberger, W. S 1907 [Article]

Collection of watches loaned to the Metropolitan museum of art of the city of New York – Hearn, G 1907

Comparative performance of watches with elinvar and with steel hairsprings -Volume Bureau of Standards Journal of Research – Gould, R 1934

Computation of time – Bonsall, Spencer 1879

Curiosities of Clocks and Watches from the Earliest Times – E J Wood 1866

Description de L’Horloge Monumentale de la Cathedrale de Beauvais, by M. A. L. Verite, 1868, 53 pages

Description of a Horizontal Sundial (Volume 7) – Donovan, Michael 1857 [Article]

Description of an Escapement for an Astronomical Clock, Invented by the Late Captain Henry Kater,  1840

Description of the universal time dial regulator – Niehaus, Frederick 1874

Directions for Using Bottums Patent 1852

Elegant and Curious Clocks Dec 1st 1887 – Stowell, N. S. [Article]

Elements of mechanical philosophy  being the substance of a course of lectures on that science – Robison, John 1804

Essai sur l’horlogerie  Vol 1- Berthoud, Ferdinand, 1763 [French]

Essai sur l’horlogerie  Vol 2- Berthoud, Ferdinand, 1763 [French]

Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements – Brown 1908

Fogerty’s directory of the jewelry and kindred trades in the United States. – Mrs. J.J. Fogerty 1877

Former Clock and Watchmakers and Their Work 1894

Friction – Lubrication in Horolgy

Histoire de la mesure du temps par les horloges (Volume 1) – Ferdinand Berthoud 1802

Histoire de la mesure du temps par les horloges (Volume 2) – Ferdinand Berthoud 1802

History of the American Waltham Watch Company of Waltham, Mass. – Henry G. Abbott 1905

Horological Department (Volume 1918) – Bradley Polytechnic Institute 1886

Horological Department (Volume 1920) – Bradley Polytechnic Institute 1886

Horologium oscillatorium – C Huygens 1673 [Latin]

Horology, a popular sketch of clock and watch making – Edward Grafton

How to find the time at sea in less than a minute; being new and accurate methods – A Johnson 1918

How to keep the clock right by observations of the fixed stars with a small fixed telescope … – Thomas Warner 1876

Illustrated catalogue and price list of clocks manufactured by the E. Ingraham & Co., Bristol, Conn 1881

Illustrated catalogue. Franklin Jewlery Company 1875-1885

Ingraham watches and clocks the E. Ingraham Company, Bristol, Connecticut, U.S.A. No. 44  1938

Ingraham watches and clocks the E. Ingraham Company, Bristol, Connecticut, U.S.A. No. 44A 1939

Isochronism of Balance-Springs 1862

Jeweled Bearings for Watches

Lancaster’s Part in the World’s Watchmaking Industry – John J. Bowman 1945

Lectures on church-building with some practical remarks on bells and clocks 1856

Lessons in Horology (Volume 1) – Jules Grossmann 1905

Mechanical Philosophy, Horology, and Astronomy 1857

Modern Electro Plating 1897

Modern Letter Engraving in Theory and Practice – A Manual for the Use of Watchmakers 1898

Modern methods in horology – Hood, Grant 1904

New and complete clock and watchmakers’ manual .. – Booth, M 1860

New and Complete Clock and Watchmakers Manual

Notes on the management of chronometers and the measurement of meridian distances – Charles Frederick A . Shadwell 1861

Observations for Proving the Going of Mr. Ellicotts Clock 1761

Old Clocks and Watches and Their Makers 1904

Old Scottish clockmakers from 1453 to 1850 – Smith, John 1921

On a New Astronomical Clock, and a Pendulum Governor for Uniform Motion – Thomson, W. 1868 (Article]

On the construction and theory of the dead escapement for clocks – Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy 1846

On the Springing and Adjusting of Watches 1898

P.W. Ellis & Co. Limited, the jewellery headquarters of Canada  1915-1916 illustrated catalogue

Pendulum Clocks and Their Errors (October 18, 1911) [Article]

Practical course in adjusting – Gribi, Theo 1901

Practical course in adjusting … the motion of the balance and balance spring in watches and chronometers – Gribi, T 1901

Practical lessons on the lever escapement

Precise time synchronization of widely separated clocks (Volume NBS Technical Note 22) – Morgan, A 1959

Primitive sun dials or scratch dials; containing a list of those in Somerset – Horne, P 1917

Prize Essay on the Construction of a Simple and Mechanically Perfect Watch 1891

Rules and practice for adjusting watches

Secrets of the trade. For watchmakers and jewelers .. – Collins & Clifton 1892

Self-Winding-Clock-Co-Manual 1908

Service and Repair of the Hamilton Electric Watch – Hamilton Watch Company 1959

Simon Willard, Inventor & Clockmaker

Some account of the Worshipful company of clockmakers of the city of London 1881

Some considerations on the subject of public clocks, particularly church clocks – Vulliamy, Benjamin Lewis 1828

The American watchmaker and jeweler – Stelle, J 1868

The Artificial Clock-Maker 1734

The book of A. Lincoln watches 1924

The Clock Jobber’s Handybook A Practical Manual on Cleaning, Repairing & Adjusting – Paul Nooncree Hasluck 1889

The Clock Makers Guide to Practical Clock Work 1813

The Clocks of the Greenwich and U. S. Naval Observatories (Volume 25) – Lewis, Thomas 1907 [Article]

The Evolution of Automatic Machinery As Applied to the Manufacture of Watches at Waltham, Mass … – Edward A. Marsh 1896

The marine chronometer, its history and development 1923

The modern clock;  its construction, regulation, and repair

The Perfected American Watch … – Waltham watch company 1900

The polishing and plating of metals- Hawkins, H 1904

The principles of Mr. Harrison’s time-keeper; with plates of the same – Harrison, John 1767

The story of Edward Howard and the first American watch – Dyer, G 1910

The timepiece of shadows  a history of the sun dial – Spackman, Henry Spencer 1895

The Tower Clock and How to Make It

The Tower Clock Designed and Made for the University of Chicago by the … – Earl Bixby Ferson 1903

The Universal Clock Adjuster 1887

The Watch –  Its Construction, Its Merits & Defects

The watch – Hand work versus machinery-History of watch making by both systems

The Watch & Clock Makers’ Handbook, Dictionary and Guide – Frederick James Britten 1896

The watch adjuster’s manual – C Fritts 1904

The Watch Adjuster’s Manual

The Watch and Clock Makers Handbook, Dictionary and Guide 1896

The watch and the clock – Taylor, Alfred,  1883

The watch and the clock

The watch balance and its jeweling – C Higginbotham 1912

The Watch Balance and its Jeweling 1912

The watch factories of America, past and present. A complete history of watchmaking in America, from 1809 to 1888 inclusive.. – Hazlitt, George  1888

The Watch Its Construction, Its Merits and Defects 1860

The watch. Hand work versus machinery, their merits and defects explained and compared.  – Piaget, Henr 1877

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 1-2 June 1875-June 1877)

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 3-4 July 1877-May 1879)

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 5-6 July 1879-June 1881)

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 7-8 July 1881-June 1883)

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 9-10 July 1883-June 1885)

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 12 July 1886-June 1887)

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 13 July 1887-June 1888)

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 14 July 1888-June 1889)

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 15 July 1889-June 1890)

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 16 July 1890-June 1891)

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 17 July 1891-June 1892)

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 18 July 1892-June 1893)

The Watchmaker & jeweller, silversmith & optician (Volume 19 July 1893-June 1894)

The watchmakers’ lathe, its use and abuse – Goodrich, Ward 1903

The Wenzel Pneumatic Clock 1883

Three hundred & fourteen gold & platinum watches – Anderson Galleries, Inc 1927

Time  a struggle for precision – Watkins, William Henry 1939

Time & Time-Teller

Time a struggle for precision – W Watkins 1939

Time and its measurement – Arthur, J 1909

Time and Timekeepers 1842

Time Telling Through the Ages – Dr. Frank Crane

TM 9-1575 Ordnance Maintenance Wrist Watches, Pocket Watches, Stop Watches, and Clocks – United States. War Department 1945

Traité de l’horlogerie mécanique et pratique Vol 1 1747

Traité de l’horlogerie mécanique et pratique Vol 2 1741

Treatise on clock and watch making  theoretical and practical – Reid, Thomas 1826

Treatise On Clock And Watch Making

Turning and Mechanical Manipulation 1850

U.S. patents covering time keeping mechanisms – United States. Patent Office 1892

U.S. patents covering time keeping mechanisms – United States. Patent Office 1923

Watch and clock escapements; 1904

Watch and Clock Making


Watch factories of America 1809-1888

Watch jobbers handybook – practical manual on cleaning repairing adjusting

Watch makers tables – useful information concerning the teeth of wheels and pinions

Watches –  the Paul M. Chamberlain collection at the Art Institute of Chicago

Watches at Wholesale Prices 1890

Watchmaker and Jewelers Handbook

Watchmaker and Jewelers Practical Handbook

Watchmakers’ and jewelers’ practical receipt book. A workshop companion 1892

Ye sundial booke – Henslow, T. Geoffrey 1914

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