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Item Specifics - Books ISBN : 9781846890697
Author : David Grant Vic Venters
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Title: The Best of British

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Quiller's new book The Best of British - A Celebration of British Gunmaking, does just what it says on the dust jacket. It is a catalogue of the exceptional products of the Birmingham and London gun trades from about 1806 to present day. The Best of British is a fine tuned collaboration between the American shooting journalist Vic Venters and the internally renowned gun photograher David Grant. The book starts with a thoughtful introduction by Mr Venters that charts the fortunes of the British gun trade from its lowest ebb in the 1970s through to its current renaissance and pre-eminence... The body of the book is filled with Mr Grant's glorious colour photographs. They are complemented by Mr Venter's informative captions, which includes details about the artists who made the pieces. The whole of the British trade is represented, from Atkin to Woodwood. It is gratifying to see smaller makers included rather than solely the great gunmaking houses. Production quality is excellent and at £35 it's exceptional value for money. It's always easy to dismiss works of this kind as mere coffee table volumes. That would be unfair - this book is a commemoration of the excellence of a British industry that has weathered the storms of three centuries and whose breathtaking products continue to excite admiration and marvel. --Shooting TimesFor anyone with an interest in British Gunamakers, this celebration of their artistry and skill is the perfect book. Sumptuously illustrated by David Grant, the guns really are the star of the show. Vic Venters' love for the topic really shines through in his writing tool. --Shooting GazetteThis glossy tome is exactly what it says, a pictorial homage to the work of this country's finest craftsmen in sporting guns. David Grant's stunning colour photographs highlight outstanding examples of the gunmaker's art from the last two centuries and are accompanied by informative descriptions from writer Vic Venters. In his introduction Venters hails the revival of the British trade from its nadir in the 1970s and 80s and indeed the book concentrates on shotguns built in the last decade, showcasing the extraordinary variety now being built to modern standards but in traditional style. Many of these beautifully engraved and finished guns by the likes of Purdey, Holland & Holland and Boss are one-offs destined to be collector display pieces or locked away for investment purposes. Perhaps the only chance we will get to see them is in the pages of this superb coffee-table book --BASC Shooting and ConservationThe Best of British is an uncompromisingly stylish and upmarket book, but its most lasting appeal lies in content, not presentation: its clear knowledge of, and respect for, guns of all different types. Grant and Venters treat guns not just as functional tools or artistic pieces, but as cultural and historical objects that form a key part of the British identity. This book will inspire no small amount of fascination and nostalgia in rifle shooters. --Sporting Rifle;Both David Grant and Vic Venters are known for their dedication to British Gunmaking, David through his amazing photographs, and Vic through his love of the English language and its use to describe all aspects of shooting sports. Their collaboration in this book brings out the pinnacle of their joint talents and here we have a feast of both text and photographs to delight and inform us. It is difficult not to be over effusive in praise of their book... The photos in this book are absolutely stunning and show us in minute detail the talent of the Gunmakers, engravers, stockers and all those other craftsmen, and women, who make up our trade. Vic Venters is known to the cognoscenti of the shooting world through his editorial wisdom as the Senior Editor of America's Shooting Sportsman Magazine and love of fine Briti --Sporting Gun"For anyone with an interest in gunmaking, The Best of British is a must. This book is also a celebration of outstanding gun photography - the work of David Grant is exceptional, and combined with the words of Vic Venters, it makes for quite a package".-- Fieldsports "A professionally produced, detailed volume celebrating the best of British gunmakers. The photographs are accompanied by detailed text on modern and historical gunmaking and the excellent craftsmen involved. This is an indispensable guide to add to any sporting library. Purdey, Holland & Holland, Westley Richards - the roll call is impressive to look at and an important record". --The Field;Both David Grant and Vic Venters are known for their dedication to British Gunmaking, David through his amazing photographs, and Vic through his love of the English language and its use to describe all aspects of shooting sports. Their collaboration in this book brings out the pinnacle of their joint talents and here we have a feast of both text and photographs to delight and inform us. It is difficult not to be over effusive in praise of their book... The photos in this book are absolutely stunning and show us in minute detail the talent of the Gunmakers, engravers, stockers and all those other craftsmen, and women, who make up our trade. Vic Venters is known to the cognoscenti of the shooting world through his editorial wisdom as the Senior Editor of America's Shooting Sportsman Magazine and love of fine British gunmaking. Here, in this book, he stuns us with the depth of his research and knowledge which is so elegantly coupled with David's photography. Dipping into the book is like plunging one's hands into an immense bowl overflowing with glittering jewels. It truly is a feast for the eyes... Technical details of the guns themselves enliven the pages and no-one who has ever held a gun could fail to be impressed with both the knowledge of the authors or their obvious pleasure in presenting us with this feast of British gunmaking at its best. GTA Newsletter With The Best of British you get just what it says on the cover - a cavalcade of gunmaking excellence that should imbue any British gun enthusiast with national pride. That the text is the work of a very respected American journalist underlines this praise and the quality of the workmanship is enhanced by the superb photography. --Sporting Gun

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