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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (May 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144023986X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440239861
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Here's your new word for the day: mantique. [A] nicely illustrated book ... crammed with intriguing examples -- F.D.R.'s cocktail shaker, beach balls fired into the crowd during Van Halen's 1979 tour-- as well as a few, inevitably, that are a little gross ..." -- Allure.com

"... having this book goes a long way in quenching my thirst to possess [mantiques] -- Mark Frauenfelder at WinkBooks.net, editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine and co-editor of BoingBoing.net

"[A] humorous and informative look into the world of collecting the most masculine of antiques ...  a dude's fundamental field guide to Don Draper-esque vintage style." -- DALLAS Modern Luxury 

"Many of the individual sections also have specific tips on shopping, where to learn more about a variety of topics, mantique quick facts, what to collect to achieve specific looks, and special sections that expound on items depicted." -- Pamela Wiggins, Antiques.About.com

"[A] salute to the ruggedly nostalgic male ... we're obligated to call this 'must reading.'" -- inStash.com

"... The book is gorgeous (in a hairchestedly macho way, of course). There's something to suit just about every taste in this book, and for anyone at all interested in personalizing their habitat with unique and fascinating whatsits, it's an invaluable resource. -- E. Reid Ross, Man Cave Daily, CBS Local

"Mantiques is filled with object manifestations of masculinity. The book isn't all about physical strength and sexuality; it's about collectors' interpretations of objects that are usually associated with men, resulting in an informative and entertaining view of this new manner of curating a collection." -- Karen Knapstein, Antique Trader

 "A witty yet informative guide to finding the best--and most manly--collectibles out there." -- Madison Alcedo, Country Living Magazine

"Centering on what men like, Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff will someday be a collectible on its own." -- New York Journal of Books

"A deluxe hardcover primer designed to convince dads and dudes that antique collecting is more like treasure-hunting than shoe shopping ..." -- UltraSwank.net

From the Back Cover

Fueled by testosterone and attitude!

Not all men can be butt-kicking and head-busting Liam Neesons, Steve McQueens or Clint Eastwoods, but at least their taste in Mantiques can reflect their inner shirtlessness.

Mixing Don Draper cool with Vin Diesel muscle--along with a healthy dose of grease, rust and nostalgia--Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff is a humorous, yet informative, guide to the world of antiques and collectibles sought out by a new breed of men eager to fill their homes with the funky, the unique, and--most importantly--the manly.

More About the Author

Eric Bradley is a public relations associate at Heritage Auctions, ha.com, the world's third largest auction house, editor of the annual Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, America's No. 1 selling collectibles reference book, and author of Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff. A former editor and an award-winning investigative journalist with a degree in economics, Bradley has made several media appearances as an expert on the antiques and collectibles market. His work has received press from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and most recently he has been a featured guest speaker on the topic of investing with antiques.

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This was a bday gift for my dad and he really likes the book.
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Nothing too fancy, just manly masculine stuff... stuff like that which is portrayed in this cool new book "Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff".
Overall, MANTIQUES is an interesting book that makes a great coffee table book.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Don't be mistaken. MANTIQUES is not exactly a book about collecting antiques for men. As the introduction to the book states, men tend to view antiques "as a euphemism for stuffy, musty, dainty, shatter-prone headaches with no practical purpose in today's modern world" while mantiques "are complete opposites." It's the type of stuff that has made shows such as AMERICAN PICKERS and ODDITIES so popular. Although I don't have a very large collection of quirky items, I have several close friends who do (one even started a museum), so I've become acquainted with various mantiques over the years.

MANTIQUES is divided into 16 chapters that focus on a different category of collecting. Each chapter opens with a short essay followed by several photographs of items in the category that have actually been sold at auction. There's everything from historical items, such as a Bible carried in the Civil War that stopped a "minie ball" from entering his body to items that are downright completely bizarre such as a wooden board used to crush human bones. The sixteen chapters in the book are:

1. Vintage Barware
2. Curiosities and Oddities
3. Entertainment Memorabilia
4. Surfing Collectibles
5. The Vintage Garage
6. Racy Art, Pulp, and Novelties
7. Collecting Mid-Century Modern
8. Fashion Accessories
9. Computers and Other Gadgets
10. Collecting Victorian Gothic
11. Hunting and Fishing Items
12. Guns and Knives
13. Music Memorabilia
14. Sports Collectibles
15. Collecting Tools
16. Vintage Video Games

I enjoyed looking through the pictures in MANTIQUES and discovering various unique items I had never even thought about before.
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Format: Hardcover
I've never really considered myself to be an aficionado of antiques, but I definitely like to collect quirky and interesting items that some might call extremely odd! So maybe, in some ways, I was meant to discover the new coffee table book "Mantiques: A Manly Guide To Cool Stuff" by Eric Bradley. It's a little hard to categorize Bradley's book, so I chose the coffee book moniker with care. While the book does have text of a descriptive and explanatory nature, most of the contents include pictures (with informative and oftentimes entertaining captions) of items that might be considered mantiques. What are mantiques? If it's not readily obvious from the name, they are collectibles that appeal to the manliest of men.

Within the pages of "Mantiques," the chapters break down into several general categories including (1) Vintage Barware, (2) Curiosities and Oddities, (3) Entertainment Memorabilia, (4) Surfing Collectibles, (5) The Vintage Garage, (6) Racy Art, Pulp and Novelties, (7) Collecting Mid-Century Modern, (8) Fashion Accessories, (9) Computers and Other Gadgets, (10) Collecting Victorian Gothic, (11) Hunting and Fishing Items, (12) Guns and Knives, (13) Music Memorabilia, (14) Sports Collectibles, (15) Collecting Tools, and (16) Vintage Video Games.

Bradley introduces each chapter with a 2-3 page article followed by a number of additional pages with photographed examples of items that were sold at auction. It's fun to see not only the items, but what they were worth to prospective collectors. There is quite a bit of very cool stuff, from items that are quite fresh in my memory to others that are absolutely bizarre. Part of the fun of "Mantiques," as well, is that there are enough topics to appeal to just about everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
What's a Mantique? Basically, it's anything a guy might collect that no self-respecting woman would allow in her living room. Guitars. Old tools. 50s "Men's" magazines. Pinup art. Beer cans. Car stuff of all sorts. The kind of stuff that used to be banished to the basement, or maybe the garage. But for the last few years it's slowly been gaining respectability, and today you'll find high end collectors bidding against each other for some of the more desirable mantiques, like a '52 Telecaster, a baseball signed by Babe Ruth, or a Norris infill jack plane. A lot of these objects are turning up at auctions at Christie's and other high-end auction houses, and yes, a lot of women are now collecting them, too,

I get a lot of unsolicited requests to review books, and most of them I ignore. Every once in a great while one comes along that catches my attention, and this one really caught my attention. It's sharp, funny, informative, well designed, and very entertaining to boot.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Groh TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have to start by saying that this is an impressive book. As a graphic designer, I appreciate all of the time that has been put into the look of each page, the ease of reading and the visual appeal and desire to keep looking. This is a great coffee table book since this is perfect for reading a few pages at a time. Or, you can get lost for an afternoon reading through and ogling at all the manly things that might give you a flashback to a happy moment in life (remember the Farrah Fawcett poster?) or inspiration for a new hobby.

My husband kept this on the kitchen table for a couple of weeks, reading and thoroughly enjoying it. My 14 year old son also had fun looking through (no thanks to the pin up section I'm sure). As a woman, (am I even allowed to look? I must admit that I did!) it was just as fun and appealing.

So, what's the thought process behind my review title? My husband (and also my son) are collectors. Of junk. Lots of it. They think everything is valuable. Everything has a memory. Everything may be more valuable 20 years down the road. Mantiques has now reinforced this idea and will not only work against me for trying to rid them of their piles of 'stuff', but it may just create interest in actually spending money on new collections. The work will never end.

All kidding aside, this is a beautiful book, well worth the price tag and would make the perfect gift for any dad or other great guy in your life.

I was provided a copy of the book for review.
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