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Books by Derek Roberts

A Life with Antique Clocks

This book traces a dealer and authors career in horology from its beginning in the 1960's to the present time. It illustrates the mistakes that can be so easily made and the achievements realised as well as some of the more amusing and unusual incidents which occurred along the way. It also discusses the effects of such things as VAT, Buyers premium and recessions and illustrates some of the rare clocks which have passed through the authors hands.

128 pages and 78 illustrations, mostly in colour.

Schiffer. 2010.

France, Germany, America and Recent Advancements. Vol III

This volume covers the work on accurate timekeeping carried out in France, Germany and America, including the work of eminent horologists such as Berthoud, Lepaute, Robin, Janvier, Lepine, Le Roy, Riefler, Strasser & Rhode, Seth Thomas, Fasoldt, William Bond & E.Howard. Advancements in recent times which are described including Dr.Philip Woodward’s W 5 and The Littlemore Clock by E.T.Hall.
Contributors - Dr George Feinstein, Professor E.T.Hall, Donald Saff and Dr Philip Woodward.

288 pages - 367 colour and 195 black & white illustrations.

Schiffer Publishing . 2004.

English Precision Pendulum Clocks. Vol II.

This book describes the development of precision timekeeping in England and the work of important clockmakers such as Shelton, Ellicott, Arnold, Cumming, Earnshaw, the Vulliamys and Reid & Hardy.

320 pages - 541 colour and 214 black & white illustrations.

Schiffer Publishing . 2003.

Precision Pendulum Clocks - Vol 1. The Quest for Accurate Timekeeping.

This book relates the fascinating story of how leading clockmakers, mainly from England, struggled for over 300 years to achieve accurate timekeeping. The text is supported by nearly 300 pictures illustrating the various developments which occurred. Chapters are devoted to the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and many of the brilliant men of science who made instruments and provided timekeepers.
Contributors - Jonathan Betts - John Martin - Alexander Stewart & Denys Vaughan.

224 pages - 135 colour and 140 black & white illustrations.

Schiffer Publishing . 2003.

Mystery, Novelty & Fantasy Clocks

This book is a delight to all those who are fascinated by the ingenuity, great skill and artistry of clockmakers who have managed to intrigue and mystify us over the last 700 years as to how they work or, for instance, activate automata. Included are examples of the work of Grollier de Serviere, James Cox, Jacquez Droz, Robert Houdin and Guilmet.

288 pages - 330 colour and 176 black & white illustrations.

Schiffer Publishing . 1999.

Carriage & Other Travelling Clocks

This book traces their history through from the early travelling clocks, including the pendule d’officier and capucine, to the products of makers such as Breguet,Garnier, Drocourt, Jacot etc. and the work of some of the English makers including Vulliamy, Dent, McCabe and Frodsham. It also covers the carriage clocks made in Austria and Switzerland.

368 pages - 400 colour and 285 black & white illustrations.

Schiffer Publishing . 1993.

British Longcase Clocks

This book, based on the longcase clocks which have passed through our hands, illustrates not just the fine and rare examples, but also those which it is possible for the average enthusiast to acquire. It traces their history from their origins in the 1660's through to the early 20th century.

373 pages - 350 colour and 425 black & white illustrations.

Schiffer Publishing . 1990.

Continental & American Skeleton Clocks

This book, the only one so far devoted to this subject, concentrates on the clocks made in France and Austria, but also includes examples made in Belgium, Holland, Spain and America. The French section is the most important one and features examples of the work of such renowned makers as Breguet, Lepaute, Berthoud, Janvier and Verneuil, who made them his speciality.

247 pages - 80 colour and 150 black & white illustrations.

Schiffer Publishing . 1989.

British Skeleton Clocks

Whereas the earliest skeleton clocks were produced in France and Austria, far more were made in England, in a great diversity of forms, from circa 1830 to the end of the 19th century. These varied from simple timepieces through to complex chiming and musical clocks; those incorporating unusual escapements or gearing such as McDowell’s clock with helical gearing or Parker & Pace’s clocks which favoured epicyclic, some of which were of year duration. Probably the finest, which might be considered works of art, were by Condliff.

271 pages - 45 colour and 358 black & white illustrations. Re-Printed 1996.

Antique Collectors Club . 1987.