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Ackerman (S.) & Buck (P.): Time
O/P. 32 pages, illus., 1999. A book for the young (or the young at heart) explaining how to use the sun and the stars to tell the time, and containing a press-out and assemble, usable, sundial, nocturnal and perpetual calendar; plus a small compass. Very good condition (except the compass which is about 180 degrees out). Card covers. (Ref: K3720 - W2)

Price: 10.00

Aked (C.K.): Dialling References in Antiquarian Horology December 1953 - December 1989
O/P. 19 pages, 1990. A list of articles and references to dials and dialling, each with a brief synopsis. A good copy, card covers. (Ref: K2362 - BX13)

Price: 10.00

Aked (J.R.): Orbis Sensualium Pictus
O/P. [5 pages], 7 figs, reprinted from Antiquarian Horology, 1976. Orbis Sensualium Pictus, an educational book for children, was written in 1658 by John Commenius and translated into English the following year. This paper explores the dialling content. Very good copy, paper covers. (Ref: K3553 - BX11)

Price: 4.00

Anon: Sundials and Weathervanes
O/P. 32 pages, illustrated, reprinted 1994. A facsimile reprint of 6 late 19th century articles on sundials, weathercocks and weathervanes. Good copy, card covers. (Ref: K4273 - BX12)

Price: 4.00

Baigent (A.F.): My Garden Dials etc.
O/P. 43 pages, illus., 2000. A brief record of 22 garden sundials made by the author. Very good copy card covers. (Ref: K3703 - BX11)

Price: 3.00

Bateman (D.): Sundials in DERA
O/P. 22 pages, illustrated, 2000. A booklet about the sundials at the Defence Research and Evaluation Agency (now Qinetiq Ltd), Farnborough and especially the rare meridian or noon dial on the Cody building. Sold with 2 leaflets about the noon dial. Fine copy, card covers. (Ref: K4274 - BX12)

Price: 6.00

Bieda(D.) editor: The Seven Dials
O/P. 29 pages, illustrated, circa 1987. The Seven Dials monument was erected at the junction of 7 roads in Covent Garden, London in 1694, removed in 1773 and reconstructed in 1989. This book was published to raise funds for the reconstruction and tells the history of the monument and the story of its rebuilding. The pillar was (and is) topped by six sundial faces, the seventh 'style' being the column itself. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K3689 - BX13)

Price: 10.00

British Sundial Society: Bulletin (11 issues)
O/P. 11 issues of The British Sundial Society Bulletin from June 2012 (vol 24(ii)) to December 2014 (vol 26(iv)), each with about 50 pages of articles and illustrations about sundial matters. Sold with Dialling Miscellany, a 33-page introduction to the BSS. All very good condition, card covers. (Ref: K487 - V3)

Price: 15.00

British Sundial Society: Dial Listings
O/P. Five papers issued by the Society on the locations of sundials in Great Britain:
Fixed Dial Listings, England. 12 pages, 1991.
Fixed Dial Listings, Scotland. 13 pages, 1991.
Fixed Dial Locations, England and Wales. 18 pages, 2nd edition, 1992.
Cumbrian Sundials No More. 4 pages, 1992.
Cumbrian Sundials. 6 pages, 1992.
Printed listings, stapled on spine, all in good condition with paper covers. (Ref: K3750 - R2)

Price: 5.00

Bryden (D.J.): Sundials and Related Instruments
O/P. The Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Catalogue 6. [108 pages], illus., 1988. A catalogue of 388 dials, compendia, nocturnals, perpetual calendars and astrolabes. Very good copy, card covers. (Ref: K3721 - E1)

Price: 15.00

Burge (L.): Cornish Church Sundials

Burge (L.): Cornish Church Sundials
O/P. 265 pages, illustrated, 2002. A detailed study of Cornish sundials with information about their history, age and makers. The book also has chapters on technical aspects of the dials and how they work. A fine copy (with presentation inscription signed by author), fine dust jacket. (Ref: K1961 - W3)
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Price: 30.00

Clarke (T.N.), Morrison-Low (A.D.) & Simpson (A.D.C.): Brass & Glass, Scientific Instrument Making Workshops in Scotland
O/P. 320 pages, illustrated, 1989. An excellent book, the result of many years of detailed research and of great use to clock enthusiasts for its chapters on the chronometer makers Alexander Dobbie, Duncan McGregor, Kelvin White, and Whyte Thomson & Co. Barometer collectors will want this book for its information about Alexander Adie and his successors including English branches of the business. Sundial enthusiasts are not forgotten, there is a chapter on Richard Melville and his slate sundials. Recommended reading. A fine copy with previous owner's stamp inside front cover. Soft covers. (Ref: K2093 - H1)

Price: 70.00

Clerke (G.): The Spot-Dial, Very useful to Shew the Hour within the House

Clerke (G.): The Spot-Dial, Very useful to Shew the Hour within the House
O/P. 26 pages, figures, facsimile reprint, printed on recto only, 2001. Originally published in 1687 in London, and written as in instruction manual for those wishing to make this type of sundial. Fine copy. (Ref: K4261 - CR9)
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Price: 25.00
Cole (T.W.): Origin and Use of Church Scratch Dials

Cole (T.W.): Origin and Use of Church Scratch Dials
NEW. 16 pages, 2001. A facsimile reprint of a booklet first published in 1935, giving an interesting account of these dials which are often found on British churches. The book gives the locations of over 1300 scratch dials and includes a description of the medieval time system and an explanation of the various lines that have survived on the dials. Card covers. (Ref: N528)

Price: 3.00
Cousins ( F.W.): Sundials

Cousins ( F.W.): Sundials
O/P. 247 pages, 93 figs., 1969. This is one of the best books on sundials with a clear exposition of the design of most types of dial with good diagrams and illustrations. A very good copy, the dust jacket good but with light wear to edges. (Ref: K2494 - F3)

Price: 70.00
Cowham (M.): A Dial In Your Poke (2nd edition)

Cowham (M.): A Dial In Your Poke
NEW. 208 pages, over 300 colour illustrations, 2nd edition, 2011. An enlarged edition of a good book about pocket sundials of all types with detailed explanations of how to use them. The book has around 25% new additional content and is now A4 in size, with useful appendices on caring for dials, fakes, magnetic deviation and museums with sundial collections. In case you are wondering 'he drew a dial from his poke' is a quotation from Shakespeare. With dust jacket. (Ref: N2533)
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Price: 49.50

Cowham (M.): A Dial In Your Poke
NEW. 212 pages, well illustrated in colour, 1st edition, 2004. A good book about pocket sundials of all types with detailed explanations of how to use them. The book has useful appendices on caring for dials, fakes, magnetic deviation and museums with sundial collections. In case you are wondering 'he drew a dial from his poke' is a quotation from Shakespeare. With dust jacket. New copies, found in box at back of storeroom. (Ref: N417)

Price: 40.00

Cowham (M.): A Study of the Quadrant

Cowham (M.): A Study of the Quadrant
NEW. 65 pages, illustrated, 2014. This book describes and illustrates 21 different types of quadrant and explains how to use the various functions engraved on them. Many of the quadrants can be used to construct sundials and this is also explained in the text. A CD is included with the book and contains about 50 quadrant designs (in .tiff and .jpeg format) to enable the reader to construct working models and understand their use. Card covers. (Ref: N3630)
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Price: 20.00
Cowham (M.J.) [Editor]: Sundials of the British Isles

Cowham (M.J.) [Editor]: Sundials of the British Isles
NEW. 258 pages, well illustrated in colour, 2005. An excellent book describing and illustrating sundials from the Saxon period to the present day. The dials, of many different types, are located at stately homes, churches and other interesting buildings. The book also has chapters on the early dials of Great Britain and on dials in stained glass windows. With dust jacket. (Ref: N829)
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Price: 48.00

Dalton (O.M.) : A Portable Dial in the form of a book, with figures derived from Raymond Lul
O/P. [14 pages], 2 plates, 1925. A paper on a portable sundial, now in the British Museum, made in Rome in 1593. The article is contained in a volume of Archaeologia. Good copy. (Ref: K3267 - V3)

Price: 10.00


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