The Triumphs of Big Ben - John DarwinLondon: Robert Hale, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Appendices ;
From the cover: “The chimes of Big Ben are known and loved throughout the world. Whenever they are heard they recall home and Parliamentary democracy. John Darwin has written the first book for the general reader to give the full background and horology of the world’s most famous clock.
From its conception in 1836, Big Ben has had a dramatic history — surviving the Blitz and narrowly avoiding a total mechanical disaster in 1976 when metal fatigue tore the clock apart. John Darwin had the awesome task of restoring the shattered mechanism of the clock in time for the Royal Jubilee visit to Parliament. He explains in clear and absorbing detail what this entailed and why after a long and illustrious history Big Ben will continue to fascinate generations to come.”