I'm not normally disposed to submit reviews but this book is ample cause to make an exception. I have a copy of the 1978 reprint, purchased when I was an apprenticed clock and watchmaker in the early 1980s. This book has remained a much read and loved companion throughout the last 30 plus years, and through subsiquent changes in life and career. No book on any subject can be truly definitive but, if that adjective can be applied at all then surely it is to Rupert Gould's magnum opus.
Notwithstanding the poor quality of the paper and printing of the 1978 edition I seriously questioned whether it was necessary to invest in this latest edition but was swayed by the promise of addtional material. If anyone else is hesitating from purchasing this new edition for similar reasons don't! Gould's note and sketches which here suppliment the original text are a genuine revelation and have already, on one reading, added considerably to my knowledge and understanding of this facinating subject. The quality of the paper, production and reproduction of the photographs and drawings is infinitely superior to the earlier edition. As close to definitive as it is possible to get, and a masterpiece.
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