Virtual Book Case

I love libraries and archives: personal, public, academic, corporate, museum --all kinds. And I love printed books, journals and article collections, especially those that reflect the specific acquisition focus of their owners.

Building library collections  has been my chosen profession and my personal passion. Yes, I've spent many years as a "library administrator" which in some degree removes me from a given  library's contents, but I always come back to the value of content to provide information, extend knowledge and enrich lives.

The collecting passion runs in my family blood and still flows through my daily life.  So it seems only fitting to share my own resources with you as I turn to them regularly for ideas or to prepare my blog posts.

The following books are arranged by title first -- since I think titles are a bit like tweets. Good ones provoke interest and sometimes suggest an author or writer for the reader to investigate further. 

A title is alphabetized by its first significant word with articles such as A and The discounted.    Each book title is followed by its author(s) or editor(s), place of publication, publisher, and date of publication. 

This is my ever-growing virtual book case. So check back periodically to see what's been added.  Also, please suggest any others that you think I should consider acquiring. 

Want to search the most extensive horological library collection in the world? Virtually visit the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC)  Library and Research Center's online catalog

Physically located in Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA, NAWCC's Library and Research Center has a collection that "covers all aspects of horology and includes books and periodicals in numerous languages, including, among others, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Latin, Swedish, Finnish, and Italian. The subjects covered range from the repair of clocks and watches to the philosophy of time and a small collection of fiction books whose stories revolve around clocks, watches, or horology. The library’s holdings include books that are over 450 years old and contemporary materials are constantly being added."

My Virtual Book Case


Watches and Clocks


1001 Wristwatches: From 1925 to the Present. Martin Häussermann, editor. Bath: Parragon 2007. 


The Artistry of the English Watch. Cedric Jagger. Devon: David & Charles, 1988. 


The Beauty of Clocks. Michael Pearson. New York: Crescent Books, 1978. 


Clocks. Douglas H. Shaffer. (The Smithsonian Illustrated Library of Antiques). Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1980.


Clocks. Simon Fleet. London: Octopus Books, 1972.


Collecting Watches. Cooksey Shugart and Darold Hanson. New York: Random House, 2014.


Collector's Dictionary of Clock and Watches. Eric Bruton. London: Robert Hale, Limited, 1999.


Fifty Watches that Changed the World. Alex Newson and Design Museum. London: Conran Octopus, 2015.


George Daniels: A Master Watchmaker. Michael Clerizo. London: Thames & Hudson, 2013.  


A Grand Complication: The Race to Build the World's Most Legendary Watch. Stacy Perman. New York: Atria Books (Division of Simon & Schuster), 2013.


How the Watch was Worn: A Fashion for 500 Years. Genevieve Cummins. New York and Suffolk, UK: Antique Collectors Club, 2010.


Manufacturing Time: Global Competition in the Watch Industry, 1795-2000. Amy K. Glasmeier. New York: Guilford Press, 2000. 

Marie Antoinette's Watch: Adultery, Larceny & Perpetual Motion. John Biggs.  Ray Bridge Press, 2015.

Marking Time: Collecting Watches -- and Thinking About Time. Michael Korda. New York: Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2004.


Masters of Contemporary Watchmaking. Michael Clerizo. London: Thames & Hudson, 2009.


Miller's Wristwatches -- How to Compare and Value. Revised and Updated. Jonathan Scatchard, consultant. London: Octopus Publishing Co., 2008.   

The Movado History. Fritz von Osterhausen. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1996.

Omega Highlights. Henning Mützlitz. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2012.

Swatch: A Guide for Connoisseurs and Collectors. Frank Edwards. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books, 1998.


Telling Time / L'Eloge De L' Heure. Chantal Prod'Hom and Fabienne Xavière Strum (Editors). Bilingual Edition: English & French. Laussane, Switzerland : MUDAC (The Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts); Published by 5Continents, 2015.


Time for America: Hamilton Watch 1892-1992. Don Sauers. Lititz, PA: Sutter House, 1992.


Timepieces: Masterpieces of Chronometry. David Christianson. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books, 2002.

Timex:  A Company and its Community 1854-1998. Kathleen McDermott.  The Timex Corporation, 1998.


 Vintage Wristwatches. Reyne Haines. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.


Warman's Watches: Field Guide 2nd Edition. Reyne Haines. Iola, WI: Krause Publicatons F+W Media, 2010

The Watch. Gene Stone. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2006.

Watch and Clock Encyclopedia. Donald de Carle. 3d edition, London: N.A.G. Press, Imprint of Robert Hale, 1999. 

Watches: Eye on the Time. Tessa Paul. 3d edition. London: Park Lane Books, 2012.


Watches I have Known. Barry J. Marcus and Julie Campisi. North Charleston, SC: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.  


Wristwatches: A Connoisseur's Guide. Frank Edwards. London: Quintet Publishing Limited, 1997.


Fashion and Accessories (including Jewelry)


Luxe Fashion: A Tribute to the World's Most Enduring Labels. Caroline Cox. Philadelphia: Running Press, 2013.

21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series. Marthe Le Van. Asheville, NC: Lark Crafts (Imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.), 2011.

Vintage Jewelry Design: Classics to Collect & Wear. Caroline Cox. New York: Lark Crafts (Imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.), 2011.    


Luxury Industry


Deluxe:  How Luxury Lost Its Luster. Dana Thomas. New York: Penguin Press, 2007.


The Luxury Strategy: Break the Rules of Marketing to Build Luxury Brands. Jean-Noel Kapferer and Vincent Bastien.  2nd edition. London & Philadelphia: Kogan Page, 2012. 


Luxury World: The Past, Present and Future of Luxury Brands. Mark Tungate. London & Philadelphia: Kogan Page, 2009.

The Management of Luxury: A Practitioner's Handbook. Benjamin Berghaus, Günter Müller-Stewens and Sven Reinecke. London: Kogan Page Limited, 2014.

Meta-Luxury: Brands and the Culture of Excellence. Manfredi Ricca and Rebecca Robins. London: Palgrave Macmillian, 2012.




Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps: Empires of Time. Peter Galison. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003. 


The Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First. Frank Trentmann. New York: Harper, 2016. 


Marketing Aesthetics: The Strategic Management of Brands, Identity and Image. Berend Schmitt and Alex Simonson. New York: Free Press, 1997. 


Marketing Semiotics: Signs, Strategies, and Brand Value. Laura R. Oswald. Oxford University Press, 2012.


The Metronomic Society: Natural Rhythms and Human Timetables. Michael, Young. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1988.


The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Changed Our Lives. Stephen Buchmann. New York: Scribners, 2015.


Time. Amelia Groom, editor. Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art. London: Co-published by Whitechapel Gallery, London and MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2013. 


Visible Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics in the Visual Arts. 2nd Edition. David Crow. AVA Publishing, 2010.

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