Title: “Breguet (1747 – 1823)” Book and “Breguet (1747 – 1823)” Supplement
Author: Sir David Lionel Goldsmid-Stern-Salomons
Language: Book – English/French, Supplement – English
Rare “Breguet (1747 – 1823)” book plus supplement set in paperback by Sir David Lionel Salomons, London, printed in 1921. This edition is limited to 1,000 copies. Illustrated with over 150 photographic reproductions and other plates, 233 pages. Pages 116 to the end are all plates, each with a tissue guard. Depicts the front and movements of Breguet pocket watches and clocks. The “Breguet (1747 – 1823)” supplement was also printed in 1921 and contains over 40 photographic reproductions. The plates have tissue guards. The book is mainly in English with several pages in French. The supplement is in English. This is a biography and exhaustive reference on the work of Breguet, a great French watchmaker.
Both books have areas of bumping, creasing, foxing, spotting, and discoloration due to normal usage and age. The paper is lifting on the bottom edges of the spines in both books. The books are in overall good condition.
Sir David Salomons (1851-1925) a philanthropist, scientist, first director of the City of London Electric Lighting Company, and Member of Parliament for Kent England, was the greatest Breguet collector and historian ever. In his lifetime, he compiled an astounding collection of Breguets, most importantly the Marie-Antoinette skeletonized masterpiece. When he wrote his seminal book in 1921, he owned 87 fine examples and had “weeded out” dozens of less important pieces. After its publication, he continued to collect, amassing 124 pieces. Upon his death, he donated 57 to Jerusalem`s Museum of Islamic Art (which was built by his daughter Vera), and his wife inherited the rest. In 1963, she walked into Sothebys London to arrange the auction of the remaining pieces, wherein a department assistant shooed her away. He simply wouldn`t believe that this old lady had 67 genuine watches by A-L. Breguet. They were subsequently sold by Christie`s in three sales between 1964 and 1965.
Abraham-Louis Breguet founded Breguet in 1775. He made the world’s first reliable self winding watch, the Breguet Perpétuelle. One of the first buyers was Queen Marie Antoinette who became one of his best patrons. Over the years, the house of Breguet invented several horological innovations, the gong spring for minute repeaters, Breguet hands, the world’s first shock protection system known as the Para-chute, the Breguet spiral, the Breguet tourbillon, the world’s first wristwatch, the world’s first perpetual calendar movement, a patented magnetic pivot, and the magnetic strike governor. Some iconic Breguet models include the Breguet Type XX, Breguet Type XXI, Breguet Type XXII, Breguet Reine de Naples, Breguet La Marine, Breguet Classique complications, Breguet Classique, Breguet Tradition, Breguet Heritage, and several high jewelry watch models.
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