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Samuel Colt: Arms, Art, and Invention (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art) Hardcover – June 28, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (June 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300111339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300111330
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Herbert G. Houze is an expert on Samuel Colt and firearms and has published extensively on the topic, including Colt Presentations from the Factory Ledgers 1856–1869. Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser is Krieble Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and author of numerous books on American art. Carolyn C. Cooper, a historian of technology, is research affiliate in Yale University's Economics Department and author of Shaping America.

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You mite need to get out your reading glasses.
BbP
This large-format, full color book is a must-have for gun collectors... especially those who study Colt firearms.
Roy Marcot
The photographs are large, extremely clear and in full color.
D. Blankenship

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roy Marcot on March 8, 2007
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This large-format, full color book is a must-have for gun collectors... especially those who study Colt firearms. The photographs are clear and large. The text is comprehensive and well-written. An excellent book!
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I should be honest with you right from the start and tell you that I am not a great fan of "coffee table books." For the most part, once they have been scanned, they are placed at first on a coffee table - thus their name - then slowly migrate to a shelf under the table where they collect dust, and finally end up either on an out of the way books shelf, closet or storage area. For the most part, the information found in these sorts of books is pretty superficial, and while the photographs, art or illustrations in many are stunning, very little over all useful information is imparted.

This is not the case with the volume being reviewed here! Now I realize that the subject matter is of most important to gun collectors, enthusiasts and their ilk, but it would be a big mistake to state that these folks (I am one of them) would be the only group to be interested. There is much history; or nations history, to be learned between the covers of this work! It, the book, is also truly a work of art in that the Colt Fire Arm Company paid as much attention to the aesthetic as aspect of the arms they manufactured as they did to technical perfection.

This work features items found in the Wadsworth Atheneum and includes not only a wonderfully written history of Samuel Colt and some of the weapons he was associated with, but also many of the paintings and artwork found in Wadsworth. Also included in this work are nearly fifty additional firearms originally belonging to Samuel Colt and are now located in the Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford.

This work is oversized and printed on a very high quality paper. The photographs are large, extremely clear and in full color.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wintermoon on April 16, 2010
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I met Herbert Houze during an exhibition of Colt Firearms at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. I was fortunate enough to be working at this fine museum and stood guard to this incredible collection. Mr. Houze in the master authority on Samuel Colt and his legacy and I recommend this book to any person interested in guns. The Editor Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, is the Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the museum. A must have volume for any library.
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By Kurt on November 2, 2013
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If you love Colts, you need this book. This is first rate source material from one of the greatest collections--high quality paper and perfect photography.
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By BbP on October 22, 2012
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Yale University Press and Wadsworth Atheneum
Museum of Art --2006-260 pgs//photo-numerous.

STUNNING !

Samuel Colt disigned his revolvers with artistic
sensibility.Attention to form and beauty.

Colt worked so diligently to be PERFECT!

THIS BOOK IS A must FOR ANY GUN COLLECTOR !

PRICELESS.

Reg cost $70--Amazon price $50.64 used $13.61 The
used book I got looks perfect-brand new. It is an early
Christmas GIFT for my spouse.

COLT=7/19/1814 to 1/10/1862--died at 48 yrs old.

ONE PROBLEM---the PRINTING is very very small.
You mite need to get out your reading glasses.I
took one * off for the print size.

bbp okc ok
63 retired
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