Dust jacket, gold and blind stamped red cloth boards, 383 deckle-edge pages, the top edges gilt, 75 illustrations, of which 7 are in colour (printed collotype). First edition, Connoisseur’s Library, Methuen, 1929.
This book by Granville Hugh Baillie (1873-1951), despite its age, remains one of the key works for anyone with an interest in the history of watches, and this original edition is vastly superior to the cheaper reprints.
NB: Baillie is also responsible for two other invaluable books, his list of Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World and his wonderful …Historical Bibliography, each of which have earned him the respect of antiquarian horologists around the world. The fact that he produced three books of such value from what must have been extensive research is difficult to comprehend, especially in a pre-digital age. He spoke French, German and Italian fluently, was able to read Dutch, Russian, Norwegian, Latin and Greek, plus he prepared his own technical drawings as well!
A very good copy of a scarce work, with none of the usual spotting, the spine not faded due to retaining its dust jacket (these rarely survive and this has been covered in a plastic film), the boards and contents very clean indeed and giving every impression of being hardly used – the best I have handled. With the discreet typographic bookplate of Henry Lewis Edwards, Epsom, on the front fixed endpaper.