The International Dictionary of Clocks - Edited by Alan SmithNew York: Exeter Books, 1984, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs;
From the cover: “This new illustrated dictionary brings together the most recent scholarship in the whole field of horology throughout the world. Alan Smith has been able to call upon a distinguished team of contributors from Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States of America, as well as from Great Britain, making the book the most international dictionary of its kind ever published.
The range of subject-matter, too, is unusually wide, including full discussions of such topics as tower clocks, electric clocks, sundials and astronomical instruments, clock making tools and workshop methods, leading clockmakers in over a dozen countries, with a short history of clock-making in each, most of which are seldom dealt with in depth outside specialist publications. There is also a rare account of the much misunderstood subject of Far Eastern horology.
Each of the five sections of the book deals with a major subject-area in horology on an international basis. The entries in the sections are listed alphabetically, and the entire dictionary is massively indexed, so that all references to a maker, type of clock, style, movement or country can easily be traced. For those who need further specialist information beyond the scope of the dictionary a large bibliography, arranged by subject, is provided.
The comprehensive text is complemented by over 900 illustrations systematically arranged and cross-referenced. Together they provide a corpus of information on a scale that will make the dictionary an indispensable tool for collectors, dealers, museum staff and all who are concerned with this fascinating corner of our cultural and industrial heritage.”