The Longcase Clock - Tom RobinsonWoodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A touch faded at the spine of the dust wrapper which has been sealed in mylar.
Signed by the author, in name only, alongside another name on the title page — without provenance. Includes: Photographs, black-and-white and colour, within the text with some full page; Diagrams; Colour frontispiece; Advertisements; Illustrated lining papers; Title page vignette; Exploded drawings;
From the cover: “The longcase or ‘grandfather’ clock, as it is popularly called, is arguably the most interesting and at the same time most useful antique available to the collector and this is the most detailed and copiously illustrated book yet written on the subject. What is so special about the longcase clock?
Firstly, the longcase is almost unique in blending fine examples of cabinet work and clock mechanism in one piece. Too many books have been written on either furniture or clocks; this book is unique in covering both in greater depth than ever before. The large number of photographs on specific > aspects of the mechanisms and case designs, together with un-padded text, make the book readily understandable. Some of the more difficult mechanisms are further clarified by line drawings.
Secondly, the range of cabinet work and the evolution of clockwork over the 150 years covered by this book is immense, so there is a wide choice open to the collector, who will find that if he chooses with care he has an antique which contributes to the atmosphere of a room by much more than the space it occupies. There are many pitfalls facing the collector which the practical nature of this book will help him avoid. In this way the reader can learn to identify quality as well as understand the importance of condition.
Thirdly, the claim for the longcase clock as the king of antiques can be advanced on the grounds that, as well as beautiful, it is highly practical, for most examples can be persuaded to keep time accurately enough for domestic needs. Here this book is particularly fascinating, tracing in detail the movement towards improved accuracy and discussing the ways in which this was achieved, together with the various methods attempted.
Finally, the longcase clock has, more than most antiques, a particularly regional quality and again the author’s lucid approach helps the reader to identify these variations.
This book takes the study of the long-case clock to the most advanced stage yet and should readily establish itself as the standard work of reference.”