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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; Ill edition (31 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714128120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714128122
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Table clocks, sea clocks, astronomical clocks and cuckoo clocks - all are represented in this richly illustrated volume."
--Hatchards, 2004

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The British Museum has a superb collection of clocks and watches, covering the history of horology since the medieval period in greater depth and diversity than perhaps any other collection in the world. This book features sixty-six of the rarest and finest clocks in the Museum's collection, ranging from early examples of domestic clock making to novelty clocks of the twentieth century. Many of the most celebrated makers are represented here by some of their most important works, including isaac Habrecht's famous carillon clock, made in Imitation of the great astronomical clock which he constructed in Strasbourg Cathedral in the 1570s, and the year-going clock made by Thomas Tompion for King William III. There are table clocks, astrolabic and astronomical clocks, monstrance clocks, ship's clocks, long case clocks, travelling clocks, organ clocks, observatory regulators, marine chronometers and even a cuckoo clock.

The history of horology represented in this book covers a multitude of disciplines; from the history of science, the development of decorative art over the centuries, the social history of those who owned and used the clocks and the development of the art, science and industry of the clockmaker. Accompanied by numerous colour photographs, the mechanical workings and decorative aspects of each clock are illustrated and described in detail, making this the perfect introduction to a perennially fascinating subject.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sprite65 on 26 Oct 2010
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I bought this book for my father, who has had a life long interest in antique clocks. The booksellers in my area were unable to provide him with what he was looking for (but interestingly all said that they had many requests from their customers for books on clocks). Consequently he was absolutely delighted with this, both for its many fine colour photographs and also the clear and informative text. Highly recommended on its own merits and for anyone wanting an introduction to the subject. I am now on the lookout for more.......
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By R Kershaw on 16 Jan 2014
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disappointing that the clock mechanisms are not described or explained with diagrams. Otherwise it is an interesting book for those wanting to know the history of the British Museum collection
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By suzy on 14 Jan 2014
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I brought this for my father and it a beautiful book, we went previously to the British museum and saw all the clocks. The book even shows the inside workings which my clock mad dad was amazed by
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If anyone was showing an interest in clocks, this would be a good starter book. Also could be a good reference book for some very rare clocks.
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