Treatise on Clock and Watch Making, Theoretical and Practical.
Seller ID: 1805
Edinburgh: John Fairbairn, 1826. First edition (pp. xii, 472). Tall octavo (24 cm) in new blue cloth, gilt titles and decoration to spine, new epps. Nineteen of twenty full-page engravings of various clock and watch-works (absent Plate VIII). A few spots to the plates, one with small repairs. Thomas Reid (1746- 1841) is 'regarded as Scotland's most celebrated maker of clocks, watches, and chronometers' (Allis, ODNB), and the Treatise ran to seven editions into the 1850's. It was, as he says, the culmination of a long and influential career and intended to give a complete account of horology 'from the earliest period to the present enlightened age.' In this ambition he drew not only on a lifetime of work but also on the resources of his own horological library, reputed to have been one of the finest of his time. A very good copy. Scarce.
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