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B3805) Salaman R. A. DICTIONARY OF TOOLS USED IN THE WOODWORKING AND ALLIED TRADES 1700 – 1970. Revised edition, 1989. 10" x 7 1/2", 546 pages, black and white illustrations. Standard work on woodworking tools - the definitive reference work, indispensable to woodworkers, antique dealers, researchers ... anyone who is interested in the subject of woodworking tools and their uses. Extensive bibliography. Hardback in dw, a near fine copy. The hb edition is out of print, and the hb version of this revised edition is particularly hard to find. 60.00  pounds sterling

B612) Eaton, Reg. THE ULTIMATE BRACE A Unique Product of Victorian Sheffield. 1989. 10 1/2" x 8 1/2", 180 pages, 4 full page colour photographs, many black and white photographs and illustrations. Reg Eaton has produced the definitive book on this sphere of tool collecting; he has examined thousands of specimens, both from his own and other fine collections. He has also dismantled several hundreds of them for the purposes of adjustment and restoration. Hb in dw, fine. Now out of print. 75.00 pounds sterling

B2635) Blackburn, Graham. THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOODWORKING HANDTOOLS, INSTRUMENTS AND DEVICES. 1974. 10 7/8" x 8 1/4", 238 pages, illustrated with drawings throughout; text hand-written. A comprehensive pictorial index of those handtools common in Western civilisation from the eighteenth century to the present. Soft covers, a very good copy. US$ 14.50 / 9.50 pounds sterling

B1335) British Standards Institution. SPECIFICATION FOR WOODWORKERS' METAL-BODIED PLANES. British Standard 3623 : 1963. 8 1/4" x 5 3/4", 41 pages, black and white diagrams. 24 figures illustrating typical designs of a variety of hand planes, with all parts annotated with correct nomenclature and dimensions. Soft covers, punched at left-hand edge for filing. 15.00 pounds sterling.

B2906) Turner, Gerard L'E. ELIZABETHAN INSTRUMENT MAKERS : The Origins of the London Trade in Precision Instrument Making. 2000. 10" x 7 1/2", 305 pages, colour frontispiece and 14 colour plates, black and white illustrations. First describes the context in which the Elizabethan trade began and the known craftsmen; the second part catalogues in detail every surviving instrument from this period, signed and unsigned, that has been traced. Appendix on the attribution of unsigned instruments; Bibliography. An important recent reference work. Hb in dw, fine. US$ 82.50 / 55.00 pounds sterling

B846) Prine, Charles W., Jr. PLANEMAKERS OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND ENVIRONS. 2000. 10 7/8" x 8 1/4", 117 pages, many black and white and colour illustrations. Soft covers, fine. 25.00 pounds sterling

B370) THE FASCINATING WORLD OF EARLY TOOLS AND TRADES. 1991. Octavo, 407 pages. Black and white illustrations. Selections from the Chronicles of the Early American Industries Association. Hb in dw. New. US$ 28.00 / 15.95 pounds sterling

B53) Ed. Allen, Hank. TOOLSHED TREASURY. 1996. Octavo, 168 pages. Black and white illustrations. The best articles on antique tool collecting from CRAFTS (Collectors of Rare and Familiar Tools Society). Pb. Fine. US$ 18.75 / 12.50 pounds sterling

B360) Bennion, Elizabeth. ANTIQUE DENTAL INSTRUMENTS 1986. Quarto, 192 pages. Black and white and colour illustrations. Good reference work for the collector - a Sotheby's publication. Useful appendices, bibliography etc. Hb in dw, very good. 55.00 pounds sterling

B1841) Rosebrook, Don. AMERICAN LEVELS AND THEIR MAKERS. Volume 1 - New England. 1999. 11 1/4" x 8 1/2", 267 pages, over 500 illustrations, including 84 colour photographs. The leading expert on one of tool collecting's fastest growing areas has written the definitive reference for collectors and students of industrial technology. Meticulous research covers over 80 companies and individuals who made and/or sold levels in New England, from the earliest known level maker in 1743 to the mid-twentieth century. For each maker Dr. Rosebrook provides historical background and a full discussion of the maker's product lines, accompanied by photographs of sample levels. Extensive section on Stanley Rule & Level Co. Type studies for Davis, Stratton and Stanley levels. Hb, illustrated boards, fine. US$ 67.50 / 45.00 pounds sterling